An NBA legend destroyed LeBron James and the woke mob with this brutal truth
Leftists see pro sports as the last great American institution they have not captured. But not everyone is happy about…
Leftists see pro sports as the last great American institution they have not captured.
But not everyone is happy about the politicization of sports.
And an NBA legend destroyed LeBron James and the woke mob with this brutal truth.
Phil Jackson won 13 NBA titles – two as a player with the New York Knicks and 11 as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jackson coached legends such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant.
During his career Jackson cultivated a persona as a hippie guru by living out in solitude in Montana where he could meditate and earning the nickname “the Zen master.”
That’s why it was so surprising to hear Jackson admit on the Tetragrammaton podcast that he stopped watching the NBA after the league – led by LeBron James and other star players – embraced the Black Lives Matter movement during the summer of 2020.
“No. I don’t,” Jackson answered when host Rick Rubin asked if he still kept up with the league.
Jackson cited the post-George Floyd bubble NBA games where players wore Black Lives Matter slogans on their jerseys and the league plastered woke jargon on the courts as a major turnoff for him.
“They had things on their back like ‘Justice’ and a funny thing happened,” Jackson answered. “Like ‘Justice went to the basket and Equal Opportunity knocked him down’ . . . Some of my grandkids thought it was pretty funny to play up those names. I couldn’t watch that.”
Jackson said that Americans view sports as an escape from politics.
“They even had slogans on the floor, on the baseline. It was catering. It was trying to cater to an audience, or trying to bring a certain audience into play. And they didn’t know it was turning other people off. People want to see sports as non-political,” Jackson added.
Jackson cited his former teammate with the Knicks, Bill Bradley – who became a NBA Hall of Famer and a Senator from New Jersey – as an example of maintaining a wall of separation between sports and politics.
“Bill Bradley was a Senator, a number of baseball players have been Representatives and Senators … But their politics stay out of the game,” Jackson said. “It doesn’t need to be there.”
NBA fans agreed with Phil Jackson.
LeBron James, the rest of the players, and the league going woke in 2020 led to a massive down turn in popularity.
The league drew record low ratings for the Finals – featuring James’ Lakers – which led to a massive course correction for the 2020-2021 season.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the league ditched the Black Lives Matter jerseys and slogans and would focus once again on basketball.