LeBron Says He Won’t Talk To Phil Jackson During Visit To Knicks After ‘Posse’ Comment
Last month, legendary coach Phil Jackson was speaking about how it was hard for Miami Heat team president Pat Riley to deal with LeBron James and his associates. He even used a word that rubbed many people the wrong way.
“It had to hurt when they lost LeBron,” Jackson said. “That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland, and he wanted to spend the night. They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now [coach Erik] Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane. You are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”
Here’s what LeBron had to say after he was asked about those comments:
LeBron on Phil Jackson: “I had nothing but respect for him as a coach …”
Q: “Had respect?”
Q: “Until now?”
Fast forward to now. The Cavaliers are set to face off against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, and LeBron made it clear that he wasn’t over those comments and won’t be speaking to Phil Jackson at all.
“No,” James said, when asked if he would be speaking with Phil.
“Didn’t affect me, just know how much further we still have to go and how far we still have to go as African-Americans, even in the light of today,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
“For me, I’ve built my career on and off the floor on the utmost respect and I’ve always given the utmost respect to everyone – all my peers, people that’s laid the path for me and laid the path for coaches, players, things of that nature.
“I’ve always given respect to them and it’s always, like I told you before, it’s always shade thrown on me, so. It means we got a lot more work to do, myself and the team. We’ve got to continue to protect each other and continue to just be as great as we can be.”