Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) and New York Knicks president Phil Jackson.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) and New York Knicks president Phil Jackson.

LeBron slams coaching great over 'posse' comment

BASKETBALL: LeBron James says he has lost all respect for NBA Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson after he used the word "posse” to describe the Cleveland star's business partners.

In an interview with ESPN, Jackson, the current president of the New York Knick, said James has long demanded preferential treatment.

Jackson spoke about a time when, as a Miami Heat player, James requested the team stay over in Cleveland while on a road trip.

"You can't hold up the whole team because you and your mum and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland,” Jackson said in the ESPN interview.

James hit back at the man who won 11 titles with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

He said he respected what Jackson achieved with those teams, "but I've got nothing for him” now.

"We see the success that we have, but then there is always someone that lets you know how far we still have to go as African-Americans,” James said on Tuesday following the Cavaliers' morning shootaround.

"I don't believe that Phil Jackson would have used that term if he was doing business with someone else and working with another team or if he was working with anybody in sports that was owning a team that wasn't African-American and had a group of guys around them that didn't agree with what they did.

"I don't think he would have called them a posse. But it just shows how far we have to go.”


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