It seems like Phil Jackson has just about realised what he's gotten himself into after taking up his new position with the New York Knicks.
The president of the organization showed up at the Staples Center to see his new side take on the LA Lakers - an organization he coached to multiple NBA titles.
But Jackson couldn't quite stomach the horror show that his players put on and ended up leaving the game early after the Lakers put up 51 points in the third quarter alone, the worst single quarter display in over four years in the NBA.
"Fifty-one points,” Jackson exclaimed, according to the New York Times, after watching the one-sided affair from a box suite. “When it’s 35 points you start to get worried. When it’s a 51-point quarter, that’s really awful.”
The Knicks were straight up embarrassed by what is genuinely the worst Lakers side for about 30 years. They have just 24 wins in the whole season and are headed for a lottery pick come draft time.
The 31-point margin of defeat was the Knicks worst defeat since a 41-point drubbing at the hands of the Celtics on December 8th.New York trailed 50-42 at halftime; 12 minutes later, they were losing 101-73.
The final score in the torrid affair was127-96 to the Lakers, with the LA bench helping themselves to 82 points between them.
When asked what he would be doing after leaving the game with his fiance Jeanie Buss, Lakers owner, Jackson said he would go walk the dog.