On Tuesday night, the New York Knicks – fresh off blowing a 17-point lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night – were drubbed by the Los Angeles Lakers, giving up a franchise record 51-points to Los Angeles in the third quarter.
In attendance to watch the massacre was former Lakers head coach and now Knicks president Phil Jackson, who couldn’t stomach New York’s effort.
With over 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Lakers nursing a 26-point lead, Jackson decided to leave the game early, calling it awful as he exited.
With 8 minutes 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Phil Jackson had seen enough. He texted his fiancée, Jeanie Buss, and agreed to meet at the loading dock inside Staples Center where their car would be waiting. The Knicks were losing by 26 points.
“It was awful, huh,” Jackson, the new Knicks president, said with a slight grin as he exited a luxury suite in the corner of the arena and took an elevator down to the floor level.
Poor Phil – just a few games into his New York tenure and he’s already frustrated.