Phil Jackson Doesn’t Apologize For ‘Posse’ Comment, Says Word Choice ‘Could Be Something I Could Regret’

by December 07, 2016

Phil Jackson caused quite a stir when he referred to LeBron James’ friends and business partners a “posse.” With the Cavaliers in town to face the Knicks on Wednesday, the beef between Jackson and LeBron has been the focal point of local beat writers and the national media.

Yesterday, James said that he had no interest in meeting with Phil, then Jackson appeared on CBS Sports Network’s “We Need to Talk” and was asked about the situation by Lisa Leslie. Jackson didn’t apologize, but said that the “word choice could be something I could regret.”

“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.”

Jackson finished by saying it’s “water under the bridge:”

“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.”

The Cavs and Knicks play tonight at 8:00 pm EST on ESPN.

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