NBA playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson Retires (Video)By Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on May 9, 2011 in Announcement, Basketball, Sports, United States, World •
The Los Angeles Lakers got swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, according to a report by NBA.com. The Mavericks rout the Lakers, 122-86, to earn their fourth appearance in the 2011 Western Conference Finals.
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The 2011 NBA Playoffs is the Lakers‘ earliest exit in the post-season since a first-round exit in 2007.
LA Lakers’ coach Phil Jackson, owner of 11 titles with six in Chicago and five in Los Angeles, was swept for the first time in his 21 post-seasons. Jackson, a 65-year-old Hall of Famer, earlier announced that he will be leaving the Lakers after the 2011 NBA Season. He topped the league in most wins and highest winning percentage in the playoffs with a record of 229-104 (.688).
Phil Jackson left the Mavs homecourt with a tight smile, while shaking hands and accepting congratulations from Mavericks fans.
Reports say that Jackson will be ending the most successful run by any coach in NBA history.
“It feels really good to be ending the season, to be honest with you,” Jackson said during a post-game interview.
Below is Jackson’s reply to a reporter’s question about his retirement plans.
But, yes, all my hopes and aspirations are is this is the final game that I’ll coach. This has been a wonderful run. I go out with a sour note after being fined $35,000 this morning by the league (for criticizing referees on Saturday), so that’s not fun, feeling like I’ve been chased down the freeway by them. As Richard Nixon said, ‘You won’t be able to kick this guy around any more.’
You can watch the NBA.com video of Phil Jackson’s post-game interview here.
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