Sore Losers? Lakers’ 2-Year Reign Comes To An End

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The fun is over for Phil Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers after an ugly blowout loss Sunday in Dallas.

The Mavericks completed a four-game sweep of the series with a 122-86 win that ended the Lakers’ run toward a third-straight NBA championship.

A Hall of Famer since 2007, Phil Jackson is now expected to retire.

“I wasn’t happy with the way our players exited the game on Lamar and Andrew’s part,” he said after the game.  “It was unnecessary, but I know they were frustrated.”

The 65-year-old Zen master would leave with 11 titles, five of which were with the Lakers.

Instead of the familiar victory parade through downtown, the Lakers will be taking a long, hard look in the mirror this summer — and are unlikely to come back this fall without some major personnel changes, according to KNX 1070 sports anchor Randy Kerdoon.

Despite the loss, Jackson was optimistic about the future for the Lakers, who had won the last two NBA championships.

“The Lakers are going to survive and do well,” Jackson said.

Lakers executive vice president of business operations Jeanie Buss wrote on her Twitter page, “We will be back. Dr. Buss knows how to fix things,” referring to her father, team owner Jerry Buss.

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  • Alois Saint-Martin

    Put The Beer on The Floor for yhat Beat L.A Celebration …Nice Brushback Lamar !

    • Saber 1

      No riots, fires or looting this year. I hope they sell these losers to an East Coast owner and he disbands the team. What a bunch of losers and their fans are morons also.

  • Jon

    Lakers 2011 – Year of the quitters.

  • ES

    Hopefully they’ll spend some money and buy some class!

  • Lakerswillbe BACK

    How many of these trolls remember HACK A SHAQ? how many of those players got benched? NONE..but let a Laker touch someone and they are labeled THUGS….All I want to add is 17 titles ..11 under Phil…lets see anyone of these teams match THAT….

    • Ragib

      5 under Phil you idiot, his other 6 were with the Bulls, you know, Michael Jordan? Who actually completed his 2nd 3peat? Never got swept or blown out. Never lost a finals series. Those 6 weren’t the pathetic Lakers.

    • Shon

      You’re so dumb. This is totally different. Flagrant fouls are not hack a shacks. They aren’t thugs though. They’re babies. With all summer to suck on their pacifieres.

    • Rick

      Of course we remember Hack a Shack. Foul him, send him to the line, watch him miss.

    • LOL!! ^^^

      Remember this….NOBODY CARES WHAT YOUR TEAM DID LAST YEAR OR 50 YEARS AGO IT’S HISTORY! You can’t compare holding and swatting on the wrists/arms of a 300lb freak of a human that is Shaq to a 7 foot something idiot literally wanting to injure a 5 foot point guard! Oh yea the Lakers did make history again…….the worst blowout margin in the history of the playoffs!! Typical Laker fanboyism!! LMAOOO!!

  • LR

    I’m glad they lost. Now we don’t have to worry about a parade paid for by tax payers and no hoodlums destroying property, if they went on to win the championship.. Thanks Lakers.

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  • deen

    What a huge disappointment … Lakers . Maybe time to cut their huge salary in half.

  • bdj

    I am really supprised. Phil Jackson is too good of a coach, and the Lakers as a team are too good of a team to have been blown out of the playoff the way they were. Is it possible that something else is behind the losses???

  • aconcernedcitizen

    To the true die hard Lakers fans out there who have stuck with the team through good and bad, I am sorry your team lost. With that being said, this comment is for ALL you front runners out there who jump on the bandwagon year after year…….HOW DID THAT BEAT DOWN TASTE? If the Lakers have bad seasons in the upcoming years, who ya gonna root for?

  • Mark "Polesmoker" Cuban

    Lakers suck big floppy donkey dorks.
    Kobe sucks.
    Lamar sucks.
    Bynum definitely sucks.
    Laker fans suck.

    That is all.

    • lakers need a point guard

      Fisher sucks even more.

    • Refined Person

      I am tempted to ask if you suck too, but being the refined person that I am, I won’t.

  • lakers need a point guard

    Why is everybody complaining about Gasol week performance all over the radio?


    cant score or play defense my grandmother would dribble right by him.

  • MavsRGay

    What I find really laughable about all of this is that the dorky Mavericks and their fans actually think they can win a ring just because they beat an uninspired Lakers team. Ummmm, what?
    Even if you somehow win the West (which you likely won’t) ain’t NO way you’ll beat the Heat.
    Sorry, girls.
    Better luck next year.

    • The Sweeper

      says the guy surrounded by brooms!

  • andifyoudontknow

    YES!!!! I am glad the lakers lost, its a slap to their face. The LA Kobes are now just another basketball team!!!! It just goes to show you that maybe some players want to actually play basketball, not watch kobe shoot all day!!!!!!! Let me help you out kobe…..PASS THE BALL!!!!!!! F the lakers!!!!!

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