Should LeBron James Meet With Phil Jackson To Talk About His “Posse” Remark?
LeBron James has absolutely no interest in sitting down and speaking with Phil Jackson after what the Knicks team president said about him and his friends and business associates during a recent ESPN.com interview. During the interview, Jackson was telling a story about how LeBron, who was then with the Heat, had once tried to stay behind in Cleveland with those who are close to him following a game against the Cavaliers. And in doing so, Jackson referred to LeBron and his friends and family as his “posse,” which struck a chord with both LeBron and his good friend/business manager Maverick Carter. LeBron and Maverick said that they didn’t appreciate Jackson using that word when speaking about their tight-knit circle and said that they didn’t think Jackson would have used the word if he was talking about a white NBA player.
Since the interview came out, the controversy surrounding it has died down considerably. But with the Cavaliers preparing to play the Knicks on Wednesday night, LeBron was asked if he plans on talking to Jackson before or after the game to clear the air. His response? “No,” LeBron said. He also spoke more about what he thought about Jackson’s use of the word “posse” while speaking with reporters after a Cavaliers/Raptors matchup.
“Didn’t affect me,” he said, “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. 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.”
Jackson is still yet to comment on his use of the word “posse” or offer any sort of apology, so we don’t necessarily blame LeBron for not wanting to talk about it with him. But should he?
There’s a case to be made for LeBron stepping up and speaking with Jackson to get his take on his use of the word “posse” and, more importantly, to express why it upset him while speaking directly with Jackson. That being said, there’s also a case to be made for LeBron not talking to Jackson, which is what he plans to do. After all, if Jackson heard the outrage surrounding his use of “posse” and didn’t pick up the phone and call LeBron’s people about it right away, it seems like he doesn’t think it’s a big deal. So why should LeBron go out of his way to try and talk to a guy who might not want to talk to him?
At any rate, it’s clear that LeBron is still upset about what Jackson said. Do you blame him?