Lakers Swept By Dallas In Classless, Humiliating Fashion
Going into a do-or-die Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks at home, many people knew that this could be legendary coach Phil Jackson's last game on an NBA sideline. Sadly, when the final buzzer sounded late yesterday, not only did Phil's last game come one month earlier than expected, it also came in a pretty humiliating fashion. His Los Angeles Lakers had visions of "3-peat" that were quickly erased with the reality check of being swept by the Dallas Mavericks, and when the going got tough, things got ugly.
Phil Jackson sat back and watched helplessly in the final minutes of the shocking 122-86 defeat. Kobe & the Laker squad could barely look at him. It was a mixture of awe and embarrassment and to add insult to injury they also displayed poor sportsmanship. First it was Lamar Odom of the Lakers and his ugly foul on Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitski getting him thrown out of the game. Then 45 seconds later, Andrew Bynum threw another cheap shot at Maverick Jose Juan Barea getting him immediately ejected at which point you could see the Los Angeles Lakers had officially crumbled.
Humiliated. Embarrassed. Classless.
As if the 30 point deficit wasn't enough, the Lakers had officially showed that they were indeed sore losers and the exclamation point was a 7-foot tall Bynum removing his jersey as he headed toward the tunnel to the visitor's locker room at American Airlines Center in front of thousands of Mavericks fans. To make matters worse, his explanation added insult to injury.
"We were getting embarrassed, they were breaking us down. So I just fouled somebody," Bynum said after the game. "I was just kind of salty about being embarrassed. ... For me, it was embarrassing to have the smallest guy on the court keep running down the lane and making shots."
Is this what the "most winningest" coach in professional team sports when it comes to championships deserves? 11 NBA titles under his belt. Coaching the Bulls at the height of the "Jordan Era." Coaching the Lakers to Championships with and without Shaq. The legacy is unquestionable and the Laker team that I saw on the court last night should be ashamed of themselves.
Lakers fans deserved more. The kids who look up to them as role models deserved more, but most importantly Phil Jackson deserved more.
Shame on you Lakers. Shame on you.