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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 122-86 Game 4 loss to Dallas Mavericks

May 9, 2011 |  8:00 am

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the carnage of the Lakers' 122-86 Game 4 loss Sunday to the Dallas Mavericks. Bresnahan also reports that the Lakers' main option to rebuild their roster entails trades because they don't have a first-round pick and can only sign a free agent using the midlevel exception.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes some admittedly embarrassed Lakers.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton faults the Lakers for not trying in Game 4.

-- The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko credits the Mavericks for staying humble and staying hungry. 

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford faults the Lakers' inability to defend Dallas' three-point shooting.


-- The Times' Broderick Turner details Jackson's post-game conversation with Bryant where both agreed it's better they lost now instead of in the NBA Finals.

-- The Times' Melissa Rohlin profiles Laker girl Katie Reynolds.

-- The Times' Jerry Crowe features former Laker Mark Landsberger.

-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports the Lakers will likely keep most of their roster intact.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who declined to talk about offseason plans but admitted that he thought this was truly Jackson's last season.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears looks at the Lakers' poor effort and the team's offseason. 

-- Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend focuses on Jason Terry's heroics. 


-- The Times' Bresnahan and Turner explain what Pau Gasol has learned from a disappointing postseason.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton details how Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom lost their composure in separate fourth-quarter ejections.

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-- The Times' Bill Plaschke focuses on all the distractions and locker-room issues that plagued the Lakers.

-- The Times' T.J. Simers criticizes Magic Johnson for saying the team needs to be "blown up."

-- The Times' Mark Heisler reflects on the Lakers' past five NBA championships.

--'s J.A. Adande believes the Lakers' rebuilding process will take time. Adande also reports that the Lakers consider Brian Shaw to be the top candidate to replace Jackson.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore says the Lakers' Game 4 loss marks a bitter end to Jackson's storybook career.

-- ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan highlights Jason Terry's record-setting playoff performance. 

-- Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw focuses on the Mavericks' bench. 

-- The Orange County Register's Ding reflects on Jackson's coaching career.

--'s Scott Howard-Cooper explains why Jackson doesn't have any regrets about this being his last season. 

--'s Jan Hubbard says the Lakers lost their character and their class. 

-- Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum describes Jackson as the "game's finest coach."

-- ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon looks at how Dirk Nowitzki and the reserves have given the Mavericks plenty of depth. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin runs down a list of questions surrounding the Lakers and what will likely be a long and busy offseason.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller says the Lakers failed spectacularly.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Patton criticizes the Lakers for making Jackson's finale end on a bad note.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Shelburne believes Jackson deserved a better ending.

-- NBA.coms' Sekou Smith looks at how the Lakers' dynasty came to a screeching halt. 

-- Fox Sports' Billy Witz says the Lakers' bad habits finally caught up to them.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski shoots down any premise that Jackson might coach somewhere else.


--'s Ken Berger argues Andrew Bynum shouldn't be allowed to wear a Laker uniform again after throwing his forearm to Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the Lakers' Game 4 loss. 

-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer rips the Lakers for playing poorly in Jackson's last game. Dwyer also makes fun of Ron Artest's missed dunk

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky faults the Lakers lack of effort and class in their Game 4 loss.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky says the Lakers' poor effort in Game 4 symbolizes their up-and-down season.

--'s Mike Trudell has a running diary of the Lakers-Mavericks game. 

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore describes the Lakers' elimination as a "low point in Laker history."

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano thought the Lakers' Game 4 loss provided a microcosm of the entire series. 


I appeared on Comcast SportsNet New England with Michael Felger to discuss the Lakers Game 4 loss to Dallas.

Mark Medina on Comcast SportsNet New England

Tweet of the Day: "Phil in his press conference after the game showed a man at peace, speaking matter of factly about events, the frustration of his team, etc. ... I was right. This is closure. At least for the Lakers portion of Phil Jackson's life. All questions were answered. Nothing to second guess." -- lazenby (Longtime Laker author Roland Lazenby)



Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "This feels a lot like when we ended the 2003-2004 season. Bad taste in my mouth." -- NuggetsCountry

-- Mark Medina

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Photos, from top: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is greeted by friends and family as he makes his way to the news conference after Game 4 in Dallas, May 8, 2011. Kobe Bryant exits American Airlines Arena after the 122-86 loss. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times