Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson doesn’t watch much basketball these days, as the 11 time NBA champion The coach said that the game has become too political.

On the «Tetragrammaton with Rick Rubin» podcast, Jackson was asked if he had been watching a fair amount of nba basketball since his coaching retirement in 2011. «No. I don’t,» he replied.

Phil Jackson speaks during the unveiling of the Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O’Neal statue on March 24, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jackson said he stopped watching a lot of games after the NBA Bubble in Orlando, Florida, which was set up to end the 2019-2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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«They went into the year of the lockout and they did something that was a little weird. They bubbled up in Orlando, and every team that could qualify went there and stayed there,» he continued. “And they had things on their backs like ‘Justice.’ I did a funny little thing like, ‘Justice just went to the basket and Equal Opportunity just knocked him down. . . So my grandkids thought it was really fun to play with those names. So, I couldn’t see that.»

Jackson appeared to be discussing the NBA allowing players to wear social justice messages on the back of their jerseys during the bubble in Orlando.

Players take a knee during the NBA bubble

The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks take a knee during the National Anthem before Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

He went on to explain that he felt the league was «catering» a certain audience, which scared off fans who wanted politics out of sports.

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«They even had slogans on the floor, at the baseline,» Jackson continued when asked what turned him off. «It was catering. He was trying to cater to an audience, or trying to bring a certain audience to the game. And they didn’t know he was driving other people away. People want to see sports as apolitical.»

«We’ve had a lot of different types of players come to be… Bill Bradley was a senator, various ballplayers have been representatives and senators… But his politics stays out of the game. He doesn’t have to be there.»

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Phil Jackson looks on during the NBA Draft Combine

Phil Jackson of the New York Knicks looks on during day 2 of the NBA Draft Combine at the Quest Multisport Center on May 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA bubble in Orlando began during the summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN.

Jackson won six NBA titles as head coach of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and five titles with the los angeles lakers in the 2000s.

He was hired to be the President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks in 2014 before being fired after three seasons.