Phil Jackson discusses “posse” comment about LeBron, doesn’t apologize


It all started when Phil Jackson referred to LeBron James‘ business partners as his “posse.” LeBron’s friend and business manager Maverick Carter — the guy who orchestrated a billion dollar Nike deal and more — took offense to that comment, as did people such as Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. It created a mini-storm about the implications of the word (many African-Americans saw it as derogatory), a debate which Jackson chose not to enter.

Until now. Sort of.

In an interview with Lisa Leslie on CBS Sports’ “We Need to Talk” Jackson gave a round about answer to whether he would like to take the use of that word back (hat tip James Herbert of CBS).

“That’s a topic I’m not going to discuss because, one, we’re not supposed to discuss other team’s players in this position that I have here,” Jackson said. “So I violated one of the tenets of our thing. And the obvious thing is, the word itself carries connotation. And I just don’t understand that part of it, the word. So I guess word choice could be something I could regret. But yeah, talking about other teams players, that’s out of the box….

“No, it’s water under the bridge,” Jackson said. “I don’t think there was anybody hurt or harmed in this situation. I think LeBron’s friend obviously had an issue with it. So we just let it go. It’s not enough to talk about it.”

Now he pulls out the “I can’t talk about other players” card? Gene Kelly is impressed with Jackson’s tap dancing on that one.

To be clear, “I guess word choice could be something I could regret” is not an apology. Again, reference Gene Kelly. I’d say it would be easy for Jackson to just say the words here and apologize, but he can be Trumpian that way.

“It’s not enough to talk about?” That would be your opinion, clearly LeBron — who said he lost respect for Jackson — Anthony and others disagree.

It’s all kind of moot now — it’s not like LeBron was going to be a Knick anyway — but the debate seemed to raise awareness about use of the word.

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)


The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.