Earlier this week, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson made some curious comments about LeBron James.
The coaching great, who presided over Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant-inspired championship-winning sides, essentially insisted that James enjoys preferential status in keeping with his status in the game, but it was the way he referred to the King's friends that caused wide-spread anger.
Jackson recalled a story where James was playing for the Miami Heat and he wanted to spend the night in Cleveland after playing a road game there and he said: "You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”
Using the term 'posse' has been construed in various ways, including racial ones, but Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors can see why LeBron would be angered by Jackson's remarks.
“I see why LeBron took offense to it,” Durant told ESPN. “He doesn’t just work on the basketball court; he puts his work in [off of it, as well].
"He’s trying to set himself, his kids, his kid’s kids up forever. So doing it for 10-plus years, to not associate what he’s done with being an empire, I understand why he took offense to it.”