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Carmelo Anthony discusses Phil Jackson’s LeBron James ‘posse’ comment

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Carmelo Anthony was put in the arguably awkward position of having to discuss New York Knicks president Phil Jackson’s recent unflattering comments concerning LeBron James, talk which included a mention of the word “posse.”

The controversy began with Jackson weighing in on James’ departure from the Miami Heat, when he said in part:

“When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland and he wanted to spend the night,” Jackson said. “They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now (coach Erik) Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane, you are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”

The comments regarding “posse” in particular drew immediate condemnation, first from James business associate Maverick Carter.

James then weighed in at length himself on the situation, saying in part that he believes Jackson’s use of “posse” may have been racially motivated.

With all that serving as a backdrop, Anthony, who has become one of the more outspoken and socially active players in the NBA when it comes to racial issues, was confronted with the question concerning whether he’d want his friends and/or associates referred to as a posse and whether the word is inherently offensive.

Perhaps we’ll never know what exactly Jackson meant with the “posse” talk or if any slight was intended at all, much less discover his use of the word was racially motivated. But it’s clear Jackson’s comment has elicited some fairly intense reactions and a pretty strong debate, to say the least.

Suffice to say, there’s a good chance Jackson wishes he could have a do-over and avoid using the word “posse” altogether.

[Pro Basketball Talk]