Phil Jackson smells smoke

Cutting his news conference abruptly short, the Lakers coach moved to prevent a fire

Updated: February 15, 2011, 3:04 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Phil Jackson sat through four quarters of the worst basketball his Los Angeles Lakers have played all season and emerged from the visitor's locker room with just 24 words to sum up what he saw.

"I have one thing to say: I am very disappointed in our performance tonight. We are embarrassed about what we did and that's it," Jackson said after the Lakers were laughed off the court, 109-89, by the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday.

It didn't feel like the Zen Master.

It ...

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