The Logo spoke for all of Laker Nation following their humiliating sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. From the Dan Patrick Show (via SRI): “How surprised was he that the Lakers were swept?: ‘Obviously very surprised, but, again, I think people don’t realize that Dallas had the exact same record as the Lakers did this year. And they had a terrific road record, they were capable. It’s a completely different looking Dallas team than I’d seen before. When I watched the Lakers play they looked dispirited. Some of the things that I saw out there, really frankly, were pretty classless. The Lakers have won with class and they’ve lost with class and [Sunday], as someone who worked there and is pretty proud of my years with the Lakers, I was a little bit embarrassed — not with the loss, but some of the things I saw on the floor which I thought were really just not something that a person that wears a Laker uniform should do.’ How do the Lakers recover from this?: ‘I’m not there as the GM, but I think all year long I watched this team and it’s about Phil’s last stand, about almost everyone being assured they would be in the Finals. But there were just too many distractions. Phil’s a very powerful figure and has had an incredible career. I almost felt, at times, the focus was more on him than the team. … I felt, at times this year, that everyone just assumed that the Lakers were going to do it. I didn’t like this team from the start of the year. I didn’t think it was well-equipped to win another championship.’ What do the Lakers need to continue to compete for championships?: ‘First of all they need athletes. This is the least athletic Laker team as I’ve seen in a long time. … I think [Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum] have to be used differently. Putting Pau Gasol and having him guard Dirk Nowitzki, there was no way that was going to happen. There’s just no way.'”
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