Lakers’ Phil Jackson exits in unaccustomed fashion

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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DALLAS — If Phil Jackson is truly calling it quits for good — he says he is, others have doubts — then arguably the greatest coach in NBA history went out in historic and embarrassing fashion.

The Dallas Mavericks’ 122-86 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at American Airlines [AMR] Center sent the 11-time champion Jackson into retirement with the second-worst loss of his career. It’s the first time one of his teams has been swept out of the playoffs.

And that’s not even considering the day began with him being fined $35,000 by the league for comments about the officiating and then his team’s meltdown in the waning moments with Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum getting ejected for flagrant fouls.

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