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Phil Jackson deserved better than this

In probably his last game, Lakers' coach endures ugliness of a humiliating defeat

Updated: May 9, 2011, 1:30 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

DALLAS -- He walked away smiling, because you knew he would. Before the sun set here in Dallas. A month before he'd hoped it would set on his "Last Stand."

The end, for Phil Jackson, was simply the end. Ugly and unsatisfying and way too early for a team this good.

He deserved a graceful exit, but he got a humiliation instead.

And so Jackson sat pensively at the end, leaning back in his chair with no choice but to take it as the still-stunned crowd inside American Airlines Center ...

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