Carmelo Anthony is a man stuck in the middle of his close friend LeBron James' and his team's president Phil Jackson's recent squabble.
Jackson recently suggested that King James and his "posse" crave preferential treatment when recalling a story about the four-time MVP and his time under Pat Riley with the Miami Heat.
James said he once respected Jackson for coaching Michael Jordan and leading the Lakers to glory, but in light of his recent comments, the Cavaliers superstar said "I got nothing for him."
Anthony is the franchise star of the New York Knicks, but he is also a well-documented close friend of LeBron's. The fellow small forward has made it clear where he stands on the matter and who he backs.
"I know him and I don't think he would just say something to be saying it," Anthony said of James. "Whatever was said, I'm pretty sure it hit home and he responded to it. I don't know exactly what was said."
So is 'posse' an offensive word? According to Melo, context is everything.
"It's different words that different people use in different ways," Anthony said. "To some people, the word 'posse' might not mean anything. It might just be a word. To some other people it could be a derogatory statement. It all depends on who you mention it to and who you're talking about in essence.
"In this sense [Jackson] was talking about four, five black men. Do I think he meant it in any kind of way? I really don't know. I don't think he did. I would hope that he didn't. Sometimes Phil just say things and he says the first thing that comes to mind. Probably he's in his office right now regretting it. With Phil, you never know what's going to be said, what's coming, and depending on who's listening. People take it the right way and people take it the wrong way. I just don't understand him talking about LeBron right now in November."
It seems like Jackson might have some backtracking to do before the Cavs visit the Kicks on December 7.