James said he never met Katz during his four years there. “I have no idea who that is,” James said. “I don’t even know if a lot of guys that actually played ever met him. I was there for four years and I never met him. … I don’t think he was involved in any of the conversations that goes on with the personnel of the team or the coaching staff or anything. But it’s easy to say that at this point.” James asked what was Katz’s objecting for speaking out. Told he was previously a shareholder in Maccabi Tel Aviv, where Blatt previously coached, James nodded. “There you go,” James said. “There’s a direct correlation right there. Makes sense.”