Carmelo Didn’t Like Phil Jackson’s “Posse” Comments; Wonders Why He’s Even Talking About LeBron (Video)
Legendary head coach & New York Knicks president Phil Jackson put his foot in his mouth a few days ago when he referred to LeBron James and his associates as a ‘Posse’. LeBron’s friend and business associate, Maverick Carter, lashed out first about the comment stating, “He could say he’s not that good or the greatest in the world as a basketball player. I wouldn’t care. It’s the word ‘posse’ and the characterization I take offense to.”
The following day, LeBron James stated he had lost all respect for Phil for that comment.
LeBron on Phil Jackson: “I had nothing but respect for him as a coach …”
Q: “Had respect?”
Q: “Until now?”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 15, 2016
On Wednesday, Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony weighed in on the situation and he didn’t appreciate the comments either and wondered why Jackson, who’s the president of the Knicks, is even talking about LeBron in the first place.
“I would never want to hear that word about me and my — I don’t want to say crew — but people that I consider family or people that I come up (with), been through thick and thin with,” Anthony said Tuesday. “I’d want to be called a tight-knit group or family. That’s what I consider those close people to me.
“I think everybody would understand [why the term is offensive]. I don’t think you would have to be a rocket scientist or an educated person to understand what that means to us.”
“In this sense [Jackson] was talking about four, five black men. Do I think he meant it in any kind of way? I really don’t know. I don’t think he did. I would hope that he didn’t. Sometimes Phil just say things and he says the first thing that comes to mind. Probably he’s in his office right now regretting it. With Phil, you never know what’s going to be said, what’s coming, and depending on who’s listening. People take it the right way and people take it the wrong way.”
“I just don’t understand him talking about LeBron right now in November.”
“I don’t really know what was the gist of the conversation, what was the topic or why Phil was even talking about LeBron in the first place. I don’t think we play them anytime soon. It’s a whole month away.”