In response to a question about how it hurt the Miami Heat when James signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jackson told the network that James’ departure was “definitely a slap in the face” and insinuated that LeBron would hold up the whole team because he, his mom and his “posse” “want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”
But Bron Bron isn’t here for Phil’s statements. On Tuesday at the Cavaliers’ shoot-around, James admitted that he has lost all respect for the legend, telling reporters, “I had nothing but respect for him as a coach.” One reporter asked, “Had respect? Until now?” to which LeBron replied, “Yeah.”
According to reports, James and his business partner Maverick Carter didn’t like the word ‘posse’ that Jackson used in the quote. Carter said of the comments, “It’s the word ‘posse’ and the characterization I take offense to. If he would have said LeBron and his agent, LeBron and his business partners or LeBron and his friends, that’s one thing. Yet because you’re young and black, he can use that word. We’re grown men.”
Jackson has not responded to James’ reaction.