Dayummmm, Kobe and them went out like some suckas…but they’re satisfied with how it turned out:
The Mavericks’ 122-86 blowout victory in Game 4, which completed their 4-0 sweep of the Western Conference semifinal series, perhaps came at the right time for the Lakers. They appeared to be teetering, perhaps because this was the 77th postseason game they had played since 2008, nearly an extra 82-game regular season in a four-year span.
“I was talking to Kobe [after the game] and we both agreed it was better to lose now than to get to the [NBA] Finals and lose,” Jackson said. “Going all the way and losing in the Finals, now that’s really tough.” The four-season run for the Lakers began in ’08, when they lost in the Finals to Boston in six games. They won the next two championships and were favored to win a third straight title when this season started.
But all that ended Sunday, when the Mavericks handed the Lakers the second-worst playoff defeat in franchise history. The worst was a 39-point loss to Boston, 131-92, in Game 6 of the 2008 Finals. It got even uglier for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, when Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum lost their composure and were ejected.
The Lakers were swept in a best-of-seven series for only the sixth time in franchise history. The last time it happened was in the 1999 conference semifinals against San Antonio.
That sweep led to the Lakers’ hiring of Jackson. He won five championships with the Lakers (2000, ’01, ’02, ’09 and ’10) — but Sunday he endured the first playoff series sweep of his coaching career.
Jackson, who announced before this season that he would retire when it was over, leaves with 11 NBA championships, the most ever by a coach.
“It’s tough to put into words what he’s meant to me,” said Bryant, who had only 17 points on seven-for-18 shooting Sunday. “I grew up under him. The way I approach things, the way I think about things — not only in basketball but in life in general — a lot of it comes from him. It’s a little weird for me to think about how next year’s going to be.”
Phil Jackson had an amazing career….we are interested in seeing what’s next for the Laker organization next season.
Sidenote: Jason Terry came off the bench and made it rain 3-pointers on dat a$$$ssss early on! Poor thangs…….