Phil Jackson's long goodbye to L.A.

With his shadow no longer looming over the city, where do Lakers go from here?

Updated: March 19, 2014, 1:51 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPN.com

He said goodbye in May of 2011 with a wry smile, not a tear. Whatever emotion Phil Jackson had on the day he officially retired as the Los Angeles Lakers coach had long since been felt. His last words were ones of gratitude, not nostalgia.

"I said what I wanted to say, so I don't want to belabor this at all," Jackson said then to the assembled media at the Lakers' training facility. "Just wanted to come down and thank the L.A. fans. The Laker fans particularly have been generous ...

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