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Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  15 responses

Phil Jackson: Lakers Started All-Star Break Too Early

Well, this is certainly one way to explain away last night’s debacle in Cleveland. ESPN reports: “Forget worst loss of the season. [Last night]‘s result lands squarely in the conversation for worst loss of the past decade. Coincidentally, it came on a day when Jerry Buss, showing in a rare public appearance why he’s the most successful owner in professional sports, stuck up for his team and its potential despite the leg-weariness accompanying three straight trips to the NBA Finals. ‘I think right about now everybody senses that we have to get busy,’ he said. ‘This is going to be our time. The pride begins to set in, not the fatigue. The fatigue begins to float away, and now they say, ‘Wait a minute. This is our championship; you’re going to have to take it away from us before you can call yourselves champions.” Perhaps Buss should have been more specific, since pride apparently doesn’t kick in until after the All-Star break, a five-day intermission the Lakers seemingly thought too short. ‘I think they took the break before the game started,’ Jackson told reporters afterward.”

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  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    hahaha, the revenge of the Cleveland Cadavers!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    No sh*t, Phil.

  • jay rose

    No Phil, Lakers just suck!

  • Riggs

    Ron artest is out of there.

  • Red Star

    I hope Jerry Buss is right cause this is getting ridiculous! Lakers 4 Life!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    This is a new low

  • MUBWAR

    I haven’t heard Phil give this many different excuses in 1 season. It had to be his last or he’ll pull a ‘Sloan’.

  • neaorin

    The Cavs have started the All-Star break around Thanksgiving then.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    we need kwame back

  • Yesse

    As a Laker fan this is disappointing. First a loss to the Celtics, then Bobcats and now the worst team in the league.

  • robb

    ^^^^^

    This is not just disappointing, this is embarrassing. Kobe’s lost a step, that’s undeniable I see no killer instinct in him these days, and the rest of the Lakers just don’t step up, only Gasol has had some solid games, but Odom sometimes plays hard sometimes he doesn’t. And where’s Artest? Brown? They don’t seem to care at all, I mean, it’s a matter of pride, to lose against a team like the Cavs??? this is getting ridiculous.

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    I don’t wanna put this out there but screw it. We all know the Lakers are betting against themselves for these type of games. There. It’s finally out in the open.

  • True H

    well, the cavs beat the celts in the 2nd game of the season, so that isnt the cause for panic. The cause for panic is that the lakes are dropping games that they shouldnt lose more often than ever, and Kobe’s not even putting them on his back and willing them to W’s like he has in years past. Thats the most alarming thing.

  • dsleepy

    i know this was just one game, but i just haven’t seen the hunger from them this season. of course they’re going to try to turn it on late, but i have a feeling it won’t be enough time to get the chemistry, timing, etc down. we might very well be looking at a spurs-celtics finals folks. right now, even the mavs look like the could topple the lakeshow. celtics taking it in 2011. and then phil retires.

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