Is the Lakers-Jazz Series Already Won? Phil Jackson’s History Says It Is

May 4th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
45-0. That's a remarkable number regardless of how you look at it, but considering it is Los Angeles Lakers' coach Phil Jackson' playoff record after winning the first game of a series is nearly inconceivable.

Take a second and let the significance of that number and accomplishment permeate through the depths of your mind, and even then, it would still be hard to grasp the true meaning of the achievement.

This phenomenon has played out 24 times while Jackson was coach of the Chicago Bulls where he won six NBA titles, and another 21 while he has been head coach in Los Angeles, where he is currently seeking his fifth championship.

I'm not sure if Jackson will win his 11th NBA championship, but for the Utah Jazz, the chances of winning this current Western Conference Semifinal series against the Lakers was slim to begin with.

The Jazz were decided underdogs before the series began, and after letting a four point lead in the fourth quarter of Game One slip away, they are now at the mercy of the worst type of playoff history imaginable.

The odds don't just say the Jazz's task of dethroning the Lakers will be difficult, his ...

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