Last night, the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony was held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. So, of course, being that the event was held in the hometown of one of the greatest music moguls to ever live – it was only right Brookyln’s own Jay Z was there to introduce LeBron James.
While onstage, Hov paid tribute to the Cavs’ big man—not only his on-the-court prowess but also his charity work.
"The man LeBron James is even better than the basketball player LeBron James." – Jay Z. Preach ?
— Rodrigo Gomez (@baseballgomez1) December 13, 2016
But the moment that got the most attention was when Jay critiqued Phil Jackson’s now-infamous use of the word “posse” when describing LeBron’s colleagues.
Jay Z took some shots at Phil Jackson's "posse" comment tonight at the #SISportsperson award party.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) December 13, 2016
Jay took a moment to talk about how LeBron is “The son who honors and worships his mother Gloria. The friend who put his posse in position,” emphasizing the controversial word with a smile. He continued:
“We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from, and the only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity. And as we witness their development, and if we’re looking up at the scoreboard, very few businessmen are better than Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims, and all the rest of the posse behind the scenes that make it look like they’re just hanging out.”
Hov’s speech can be found in full below, starting at the 1:43:30 mark.