Jay Z - Phil Jackson - LeBron James SI Sportsperson of the Year

On Monday night, LeBron James was honored as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year.

The NBA star was introduced by Jay Z, who began by calling his friend a “dedicated family man who married his high school sweetheart, Savannah. Has three lovely children. The son who honors and worships his mother, Gloria.”

He also fired a shot at Phil Jackson by adding that LeBron was “the friend who put his posse in position.”

Jay Z elaborated saying:

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 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.

Watch a clip below.




When LeBron took the stage to accept his honor, he paid tribute to his supporting cast, his family, his friends, and those who paved the way like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Bill Russell.

Watch his humble speech below.



Congratulations to Mr. James!