April 23, 2023

Phil Jackson Yells at Cloud: Former NBA coach Phil Jackson said he stopped watching games when players wore slogans such as "Justice" and "Black Lives Matter" in 2020. In the past he's complained about rap music, Phoenix wearing "Los Suns" jerseys, players wearing clothes he called "prison garb" and LeBron James calling his business partners a "posse."

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:26 PM - 2 comments

I can understand the "posse" complaint, with Jackson being from Deer Lodge, Montana. Few folks from the American West want their formative words co-opted.

If you pull off I-90 and drive into Deer Lodge on the frontage road on a fair weather Friday evening, you will roll by the fairgrounds where there will be a county wide rodeo going full tilt.

Just a few blocks away is a correctional facility that's part of the Montana State Prison system, so that takes care of Jackson's "garb" problem. And probably also the "Justice" issue.

Jackson still keeps homes in both Montana and Idaho, and there are a lot of people in both places that would be glad to help steer him in their direction on the BLM concern.

Underneath all this is Jackson's overall outlook, and the key there is the time he spent coaching the Patroons in the CBA. If you've ever been to Albany, you can imagine what kind of an effect living there might have on a person.

posted by beaverboard at 03:36 PM on April 23, 2023

Ha! I didn't know Jackson had been culturally appropriated.

posted by rcade at 08:48 AM on April 24, 2023

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