When Phil Jackson referred to LeBron James’ business team as his “posse”, it created a national media firestorm. LeBron publicly expressed his displeasure with Jackson’s comments, including stating that he no longer had respect for Jackson.
With all the surrounding drama and backstory, last night’s game between the Knicks and the Cavs at Madison Square Garden carried more intrigue than most NBA regular season games.
Whether it was because of Jackson or not, LeBron showed up in playoff mode, and Cleveland smoked New York, 126-94.
James scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists, including a vicious second quarter throwdown where he ended up walking into the stands for some reason.
With the game well in hand, James and the rest of the Cavs starters sat for most of the fourth quarter and decided to take part in the Bottle Flip Challenge on the bench.
Was LeBron being intentionally disrespectful, or sending yet another message to Jackson? It looks like a bunch of guys killing time on the bench in a blowout, but who knows.
LEBRON JAMES AND KYRIE IRVING ON THE BENCH DOING THE BOTTLEFLIP CHALLENGE LMAO pic.twitter.com/sW94RthNuM
— LETS 2K (@chrismisc1) December 8, 2016
Whatever you make of the bottle flipping, one thing that’s not open for interpretation is that LeBron continues to own the Garden, and the Knicks, and there’s not a damn thing Phil Jackson can say to change that.