Phil Jackson is kind of unpopular right now. When he’s not busy picking a fight with his team’s most prominent player, the Zen Master is busy repeatedly putting his foot in his own mouth with regards to the whole “LeBron James posse” thing. His comment was originally a bad look, then when he got the chance to make it right during a television appearance, he played dumb and acted like he had no idea what was happening.
Calling out LeBron’s “posse” made a number of people upset, including, apparently, Jay-Z. While introducing LeBron prior to the Cavs star accepting the SI Sportsperson of the Year Award, Hov decided to use his platform to take a subtle shot at Jackson. After highlighting the caliber of person LeBron is and taking his first brief shot at Jackson, Jay dove into how King James has helped those around him – more commonly known in the Jackson household as his “posse” – get professional opportunities. (The full speech can be found here.)
Here’s Jay-Z’s full quote from Monday night: