2011 NBA Playoffs | Lakers vs Mavericks, Phil Jackson Set To Retire After Embarrassing SweepCategory: Basketball
Phil Jackson, the winningest coach in NBA history with 11 NBA titles has always told media that this will be his final season in the NBA.
What an embarrassing way to end his Hall of Fame career though.
With his team’s season and quest for his fourth three-peat on the line, Jackson’s LA Lakers took on the Dallas Mavericks at their home court for Game 4 of their Western Conference Semifinal series down 3-0.
While no NBA team has ever came back from that deficit to win a series, Kobe Bryant promised before the game that there will be a major turnaround this time.
It was empty though as Kobe just managed 17 points on an awful 7 of 18 shooting, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum got ejected for their needless flagrant fouls and Pau Gasol continues his softness as the Mavericks got the blowout win, 122-86.
The Mavericks tied a league playoff mark with 20 three-point shots as Jason Terry tied an NBA playoff record with nine 3-pointers.
J.J. Barea set a career playoff-best with 22 points and Peja Stojakovic added 21 points. All three of those guys come off the bench which tells a lot about this team’s depth.
Phil Jackson will retire after the first sweep and the second worst loss in his 21-year playoffs career.
Jackson’s career postseason record is sealed at 229-104, the most wins and the highest winning percentage (.688) in NBA playoff history. His .704 regular-season winning percentage is another best.
Jackson has had a winning record every year as a head coach, and currently has the highest winning percentage of any Hall of Fame coach. Along with his NBA-record eleven championships, he is the only coach to win at least ten championships in any of North America’s major professional sports.
Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winter’s triangle offense as well as a holistic approach to coaching that is influenced by Eastern philosophy.
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