Last night, the Cavaliers got beat in historic fashion. Literally. The 57 points the Cavs scored was the lowest the Lakers have allowed in the shot clock era, and the 55-point margin of victory was the third-largest in Lakers franchise history. Antawn Jamison said it was “rock bottom” and “definitely by far one of the most embarrassing moments that I’ve been a part of as far as basketball.” Coming from a guy that played on a 19-win Washington Wizards team and 19-win Golden State Warriors team, that’s really saying something.

But that’s not all that was said. In fact, there are two quotes that perfectly encapsulate the destruction that happened in Staples Center last night. It’s hard to choose which is worse, but that’s why we have crowdsourcing. The first comes from Phil Jackson, courtesy of Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register.

Phil Jackson acknowledged pregame he had never heard of some of the Cavaliers’ players.

Yikes. There are a billion Cavaliers injuries keeping their more noteworthy players out of the lineup, but still. No offense to guys like Manny Harris, Christian Eyenga and Samardo Samuels, but Phil Jackson — only the most successful professional basketball coach of all-time — doesn’t even know who you are. Which probably means the scouting for this game wasn’t terribly in-depth. Which means the Lakers barely scouted and still won by 55. Which means, of course, yikes.

The second quote that’s up for consideration comes from Steve Blake’s wife Kristen, who tweeted this little gem of sympathy during last night’s game.

I feel bad for the Cavs. :( It feels terrible to be down by this much! I want to hug them.

Oh, man. That’s bad. When the opposing team’s significant others are publicly offering hugs and frowny face emoticons, you know things have gotten out of hand. Maybe I’m not up to snuff on NBA WAG culture, but I can’t imagine they go around hugging the other team’s players when they get beat. I’d surmise that it takes a serious whooping to garner a hug, not to mention a sad face.

So which is it? Which is a worse summation of the Lakers beating the Cavaliers by 55 points? Is it Phil Jackson admitting he doesn’t even know who plays for Cleveland? Or is it Steve Blake’s wife wanting to hug them because she feels so bad that her husband’s team won by so much? Let us know down below.

Comments (11)

  1. It’s gotta be the tweet from Kristen Blake. Phil’s an old guy with like a hundred titles, he doesn’t need to know all the players on a bad team in the other conference. Kristen’s tweet is something a soccer mom would say watching her 6-year-old’s team whomp another team of 6-year-olds.

  2. Yikes! Both are pretty brutal. The tweet from Blake’s wife is pretty brutal, but having watched plenty of NBA games with my wife (not an NBA fan) in the room, I feel like Kristen Blake’s reaction is not totally shocking.

    However, it is Phil Jackson’s job to prepare a game plan to beat the Cavs. One would assume that this responsibility would include knowledge of the opposing roster. The fact that he didn’t need to know the guys in the other jerseys is more insulting.

  3. Acknowledgment of incompetence is more embarrassing than ignorance of the contributing factors, IMHO. So yeah, Kristen’s tweet was worse.

  4. I vote, Kristen’s tweet… gawd damn that was sad.

  5. 100% Kirsten Blake

  6. Phil Jackson’s quote probably. It just shows that the coach of the opposing team didn’t need to know anything about the other players to still beat them by 55. Tough time to be a Cavs fan. They are the laughing stock of the league it seems now.

  7. Loving Jackson’s irritable male syndrome.

  8. I think it boils down to this. You and your friends go to a club and you see a fine honey standing in the corner. Now you muster up all your courage to ask her to dance. What would you rather her response be?

    Response 1: A quick up and down with her eyes followed by an almost surpised “no” but dripping with the attitude of “who does this guy think he is, if I were an Nba team I would be the 1st place San Antonio Spurs and you would be the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Not only are you not in my leauge but you are last place in the leauge below”.

    Response 2:The girl look at you, you are all dressed up nice, your hair looks good, you got your nice little dancing shoes on and rather than her saying no she sighs and says yes. So you guys go to the dance floor and rather then get close to you she keeps atleast a good foot away from you. Then the second the song ends she looks at you like you are the lonely kid from highschool and she just did her good deed from the year and she walks off, back to her corner to be alone rather than hang with you.

    Now Response two probably sounds better but I can tell you that dance is the longest 4 minutes you’ll ever experience. She knows the reason she is dancing with you, you know the reason she is dancing with you, everyone around you can tell the reason she is dancing with you. Pity my friends is far worse than any admission incompetence can ever be.

  9. wow cory c., now even I want to hug you

  10. When Alonzo Gee scored his first field goal, the L.A. announcer credited to “Anthony Gee.”

  11. [...] up the third-most points per 100 possessions. They’ve lost 18 straight games and Phil Jackson has no idea who any of their players are. Clearly, this is a team that excels at being terrible.In fact, the [...]

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