Phil Jackson proved he is out of touch with reality by doing puzzles and using a term from five centuries ago.
Make no mistake, Phil Jackson took a shot at Lebron. His motivation may not be known exactly, but he took a shot at him. It was in reference to whether or not Lebron liked following Pat Riley’s rules when playing in Miami. Jackson said, off the cuff, that Lebron and his “Posse” would want to stay in Cleveland after a game instead of flying out that night. This is not the mark of someone trying to be deliberately racist, but the mark of an old man out of his prime, jealous of a young man in his prime.
Race was brought in by Lebron’s business partner and best friend Carter Maverick who stated the term “posse” was racially coded. Lebron did not specifically say that he also thought it was racially coded, but rather used the term “young” first, alluding to Jackson’s inability to connect with the younger group of NBA stars.
To use that label, and if you go and read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is, it’s not what I’ve built over my career. It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference.
Young came first. Make no mistake, this is LeBron taking a shot at old man Jackson. Phil Jackson has not made any effort to stay up with the times. He’s still running the triangle offense, still toting his rings like the teeth of a slain opponent on a necklace, and staying home on rainy days to do a cute basketball puzzle.
Rainy day on Flathead. Time for a puzzle. Thinking bball thoughts pic.twitter.com/U3iTrUC1qX
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) August 12, 2016
Plus, no one says posse anymore. It was a term from 15th century Europe that stood for people gathering together to enforce something. LeBron has a lot of business ventures, but he very rarely has enforced anything. If fact, he’s been criticized for not taking a stronger stance on race relations in the US. LeBron and his friends and business partners have done some great things for all people of America, including many programs in his home town of Akron, a place that received very little, in any, attention before him.
— Lucky Lance Williams (@LuckyLanceWins) November 12, 2016
Maybe he’s busy. 27,000 isn’t an easy feat. Maybe that’s what Phil is so jealous about. Or maybe this is just another showing of the typical struggle. Old people think young people have it too easy. They never like the generation that is coming up behind them. They paved the way and now the younger generation has it so easy. This is the oldest and dumbest argument in America. Every generation has said that about its successor. This only proves that Phil Jackson is getting old and angry. He might be only a few years removed from sitting laconically in a rocking chair on his front porch, covered by a thin blanket, drinking whiskey, and yelling at the neighbor’s kid to get off the lawn.