King James does not appreciate the racial connotation in Phil Jackson’s statement about him.
Phil Jackson was asked by ESPN what he thought oft LeBron James’ much-talked transfer to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Miami Heat in 2014.
In response, Jackson emphasized how, during a visit to Cleveland, James and his handlers broke the rule by insisting on staying overnight and making things a little difficult for Pat Riley, Heat president.
Jackson’s exact words alluded to James and his business associates: “You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”
In retaliation, James said in a 10-minute press conference that he has “lost all respect” for Jackson, hinting at the legendary coach’s racial bias: “We see the success that we have, but then there is always someone that lets you know still how far we still have to go as African-Americans.”
Despite extolling Jackson for his accomplishments in the league, James pledges to never have anything to do with the Zen Master, just as he has not had any previous affiliation with him. “I got nothing for him,” he declared.