Phil Jackson slams 'awful' Knicks defeat in LA

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Phil Jackson - the new team president of the New York Knicks - was clearly displeased with the team's performance on Tuesday night as they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the lowly Los Angeles Lakers

Despite the team having enjoyed a strong run of form for the majority of March - an impressive eight-game winning streak was only halted by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday - in their quest to secure an unlikely playoff berth, the 127-96 blowout loss to the Lakers came as a real shock.

"It was awful, huh,” Jackson was quoted by The New York Times as he made his way out of Staples Center.

While Knicks fans must have become somewhat used to such disappointing and morale-sapping losses during what has been an incredibly difficult season for Mike Woodson's crew, this one will probably have hurt the most.

Not only did it appear to stop their playoff bid in its tracks, but it also came to a Lakers team - coached by former Knick Mike D'Antoni, of course - that is widely regarded as one of the very worst in franchise history with a putrid record of 24-46 (the second-worst in the Western Conference, just slightly ahead of the Utah Jazz).

Jackson - who won two titles back in his playing days as a Knick before becoming arguably the most revered and celebrated head coach in NBA history during highly-successful spells with the Lakers and Chicago Bulls - was announced last week in his very first front-office role at Madison Square Garden.

While his affable charm may have impressed fans and reports alike during his introduction, the 68-year-old will surely be left in do doubt whatsoever at the challenges that face him and the Knicks moving forward.

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