New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has unwittingly triggered a brush fire.
The Zen Master enraged LeBron James in the process, and now, his own superstar is also mad.
Carmelo Anthony told local reporters Tuesday afternoon that he can’t understand why Phil was even discussing LeBron to begin with.
Carmelo Anthony on Phil Jackson's "posse" comments: "He’s probably in his office right now regretting it."https://t.co/ahugW8dWc9
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Melo also doesn’t like the use of the word “posse”—which he perceives as having racial undertones—in reference to James and his business associates.
Per the NY Daily News:
“There’s different words that different people use in different ways. To some people, the word ‘posse’ might not mean anything. It might just be a word. To some other people, it could be a derogatory statement. It all depends on who you mention it to, who you’re talking about,” Anthony said. “In this sense, he was talking about five black men. And do I think he meant it in any kind of way? I really don’t know. I don’t think he did. I would hope that he didn’t. Sometimes Phil just say things, and he say the first thing that come to mind. And he’s probably in his office right now regretting it. […] When it comes to Phil, you just never know what’s going to be said, what’s coming out. It depends on who’s listening. People take it the right way or people take it the wrong way. You just never know when it comes to Phil. I just don’t understand him talking about LeBron right now in November. I don’t understand that.”
“I would never want to hear that word about people I consider family and people that I’ve come up with and been through thick and thin with,” Anthony said. “I would want to be called a tight-knit group or a family, because that’s what I consider those people.”
“I know him personally,” Anthony said of James. “I know him very well. So for him to say that, whatever he said, whether he lost respect for somebody or not, he really means that. I know him. I don’t think he would just say something. Whatever was said, I’m pretty sure it hit home and he responded to it.”