I was seething as I typed this and my hands have been unsteadily shaking.
It took me awhile to come back here. I've been doing more lurking than posting lately, reading everyone else's thoughts, so now I feel comfortable having my say. I have been a fan for many years, and I cannot recall seeing a more embarrassing display than the one I saw today. Even worse than the so-called Phoenix game. Even worse than the so-called Game 5 in Cleveland last year. I cannot believe the two-time defending champions were swept out of the playoffs in the 2nd round. If in fact this was the last game Phil Jackson ever coaches in the NBA, this was not the way he or I expected him to go out.
The Lakers were beaten today by Dallas' bench players, not even their first-string team. Hell, they could have suited 5 dead men and still won. Guys like Terry and Barea who exploited their lack of quickness on the perimeter in defending the pick and roll, which has been the team's weakness as long as I can remember.
I hope this team IS blown up over the summer. Everyone, from the coach on down, is responsible in some way for this debacle. New blood will likely be beneficial to this team. Minor tweaks to the system are not good enough. A major overhaul is needed and likely will happen. I love individual Lakers as people and thank them for their services to the team, but this is a business. We are in it to win it. If we don't win, the season is a failure. And being swept in the 2nd round constitutes a COLOSSAL failure.
I saw no pride in this team. No heart. Everyone just quit. For supposed champions, this team had absolutely no fight. They seemed mentally checked out, already on vacation. Of the four games in the series the Lakers inexplicably lost, they were in two of them -- Games One and Three. The Game Three loss will hurt and haunt for a long time.
It is clear that the old formula the Lakers (and to some extent the Spurs) have used to win for most of this decade is now obsolete. The league is now younger and more athletic, and the Lakers must now adjust to the trend. This team must rebuild, must regroup. And like the proud franchise they are, the Lakers will be back.