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L.A.'s triangle may take different shape

Updated: June 16, 2004, 5:52 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Phil Jackson doesn't refer to himself as the Zen Master. Nor does he like Zenmeister, as ESPN.com prefers. Jackson simply calls himself "a contrarian."

You were reminded of this late Tuesday night when Jackson, after seeing his Los Angeles Lakers thoroughly pounded out of the NBA Finals, trotted out an unlikely summation of the season.

"It was a Cinderella story, actually, that this team had," Jackson said.

No joke. He really was referring to the Lakers, ...

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