Adding another trophy to his mantle, LeBron James was named Sports Illustrated’s 2016 Sportsperson Of The Year Award. At an event held in Brooklyn, NY, JAY Z was on hand to present the award to his friend.
Of course, the Marcy in Jigga couldn’t resist letting getting in a dig at the president of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, as well. In his brief introductory speech, Shawn quipped “the son who honors and worships his mother, Gloria. The friend who put his posse in position.”
Jay continued, “We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from. 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 we’ve witnessed their development. And if we’re to look 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.”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 13, 2016
Jackson recently came under fire for criticizing James’ time as a member of the Miami Heat, quipping “You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland” while describing his inner circle of lifelong close friends.
Watch the entire event (the video starts at Jay’s speech) below.