Following the lead of his manager – Maverick Carter, who criticized Phil Jackson’s use of the word “posse” to describe LeBron James‘ friends and business partners – LeBron indicated he lost respect for the Knicks president.

The Cavaliers superstar elaborated why.

LeBron, via Rick Noland of The Chronicle:

“To use that label, if you go and read the definition of the word ‘posse,’ it’s not what I’ve built over my career,” James said Tuesday morning at a team shootaround prior to a game against the Toronto Raptors. “It’s not what I stand for. It’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African Americans trying to make a difference.”

“From the beginning, two years in, I felt like I wanted to put my guys in a position of power and give those guys an opportunity to better themselves,” 14th-year pro James said. “In the beginning, we were highly criticized and I was highly criticized about what I wanted to do to help some guys around me become very successful in business.

“It just sucks that now at this point, having one of the biggest businesses you can have both on and off the floor, having a certified agent in Rich Paul, having a certified business partner in Maverick Carter that’s done so many great business (deals), that the title for African Americans is the word ‘posse.'”