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LeBron James Says He Lost Respect For Phil Jackson


    LeBron James made headlines on Tuesday for going off on Phil Jackson for referring to him and his business partners as a posse. James and his manager Maverick Carter took serious offense to the 11-time Champions comments and did not hesitate to call him out and explain why they were upset. Check out Jackson’s comments below via ESPN:

    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.

    Carter called the Zen Master out for his comments first, and LeBron went onto to imply that Jackson may have said those things because they are young, successful black men. The business mogul also stated that he has lost respect for the legendary coach after those comments. Via Ohio.com:

    LeBron James fired back at Knicks President Phil Jackson on Tuesday, saying he lost all respect for the coaching legend after Jackson referred to James and his friends as a “posse.”
    “I had nothing but respect for him as a coach, for what he was able to do obviously at the helm of my favorite player of all-time in MJ (Michael Jordan) and also growing up watching the Lakers,” James said. “But I’ve got nothing for him.”

    “I’ve tried to put my guys in position to where they can walk in a meeting and go places and they don’t need me because they got to a point where they’ve done their homework, they’ve studied on what they want to do and they can hold a meeting without me because of the respect that they have and the knowledge they have,” James said. “That’s just 12 years of hard work and dedication that we put to each other. I know Phil’s in a position of power in our sport, but to criticize me and my guys over that is nonsense.”

    “We all know that race is a huge thing in our country, in our world,” James said. “It’s easy to down someone. I was a kid, I rode on buses before and was in classrooms before and I get the jokes that go on. But it’s so easy to do that. The hard part is how can you pull someone to the side and help them out and help better their day and tell them ways that they can become better because it’s only for the greater of everybody. So for me, being who I’ve been in my career so far, I’ve done nothing but, if anybody needed advice about the game or wanted to talk about the game, I’ve been nothing but open. But it seems like when my name is involved with other people that’s helped build the game, it’s like, ‘How can we criticize what he does on and off the floor?’ instead of trying to help me.”

    “If he says it out to the media,” James said of Jackson, “you can only imagine what he says when the camera is not on him. Just got a lot more work to do.”

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