Phil Jackson Rumors
Q: In a recent interview, Phil Jackson referred to LeBron James’ business partners as the NBA player’s “posse.” What do you think about Jackson’s comments? He always got a comment. It’s Phil Jackson. Whatever. Did you think it was offensive? Iman Shumpert: I think Bron would bust Phil Jackson’s ass. If Phil Jackson was in his prime, playing basketball, Bron would bust his ass. I’m glad Phil Jackson got the rings for Chicago. You traded me away from New York, cool. It’s all business, it’s all love, whatever. But I’m a grownup now. You not my hero no more. The Bulls era is gone, Mike is gone, Pippen is gone, you ain’t coaching the Bulls no more. So, I don’t care what you got to say about ’Bron. I don’t know how conscious he was of that word upsetting LeBron the way it did, but I understand why ’Bron’s heated.
And more than anything, the Knicks star is confused about his boss’ timing. “At the end of the day we’re playing good basketball,” Anthony said. “That’s the only thing that matters at this point. So any negativity that’s coming towards me or towards the team, I don’t think we need it at this point.”
“I didn’t talk to him so I don’t know where he was coming from with those comments,” Anthony said. “If he wants to talk about it, cool. If he don’t, cool. In my eyes it’s over. I feel like we’re playing good basketball, and just to have a temporary black cloud over our heads,” he said. “I don’t know when the comments were made or the gist of them, I just know something was said.”
Speaking at Business Insider’s IGNITION 2016 conference, Carter explained he was offended because in Jackson’s 2004 book “The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul,” Jackson referred to straight-from-high-school players like James as having posses that “fetch cars and get girls” for them. Said Carter, “There’s a whole group of people like me, that are coming behind me, that need to be understood and respected and given a shot like I was given a shot.” Carter said he doesn’t think Jackson’s comment was rooted in racism, but said, “In no way, shape, or form do I think it was racist at all. It was not racist at all. But it was undermining and demeaning and kind of pushing what we’ve done to the side.”