New York Knicks president Phil Jackson made a comment calling LeBron James and his business attachés a “posse” in a recent interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. Several around the league took offense to the use of the word posse — including Knicks star Carmelo Anthony — which James himself felt had racial implications.
Add Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors to the pool of NBA players who think Jackson’s comments were disrespectful.
Speaking with ESPN after Friday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, Durant said he understands James’ issue with Jackson’s words.
“I see why LeBron took offense to it,” Durant told ESPN. “He doesn’t just work on the basketball court; he puts his work in [off of it as well]. He’s trying to set himself, his kids, his kid’s kids up forever. So doing it for 10-plus years, to not associate what he’s done with being an empire, I understand why he took offense to it.”
As Kurt pointed out earlier this week, Jackson’s comment is just another sign that the 71-year-old former coach is behind the times.