Robert Horry Recalls Phil Jackson’s “Master” Comment Amid Pippen’s Claims


Seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry defended Phil Jackson after Scottie Pippen accused the former coach of being a racist. However, during his defense, Horry noted that Jackson made a questionable remark while coaching him on the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I’ve played for Phil. I don’t think Phil is racist,” Horry said Wednesday on his podcast, “Big Shot Bob Pod.” “He’s said some stuff before that kind of, I had to check him on it. But for me, I don’t think he’s racist.”

When asked to elaborate on why he had to check his former coach, Horry recalled a moment when Jackson referred to himself as a “master.”

“We were in a huddle and Phil was like, ‘You need to know the sound of your master’s voice,’ and I looked at him, and I was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, we don’t do that. I’m from the South,'” Horry said.

After Horry and other teammates confronted Jackson over the remark, Horry said Jackson replied, “I don’t mean it like that. I don’t mean it like that.” Horry added that Jackson explained himself but he still told the coach not to use that phrase.

“And I knew what he was trying to come across as saying, because here in the arenas you need to understand the person that’s trying to lead you and I understand,” Horry continued. “But there’s certain words you can use, and I was like, ‘We’re not close like that yet.'”

Robert Horry won three championships during his four seasons under Phil Jackson.


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