p>Hey Barry, Robin and Maurice? How would you describe the current state of the Lakers?
The race remains tight, but for the time being the purple and gold are not only alive for a playoff spot, but control their own destiny. So what”s on the forefront for the Lakers as they try to catch fire at the right time? Just one of many topics in the newest edition of the Kamenetzky Brothers Land O”Lakers Podcast. Among the high points:
- If your glass is half full, you appreciate the Lakers won their last two games against New Orleans Tuesday and in Portland Wednesday, taking both ends of a back-to-back for the first time all year! These were truly must-win situations, and the bell was answered. A win is a win is a win. The glass is half empty crowd notices both contests were dogfights against lottery bound opponents, and the Lakers hardly looked impressive. Do the wins mean increased confidence about the Lakers” playoff prospects, assuming they get in?
- Similarly, Kobe Bryant”s exceptional showing against Portland, and his recent play in general, creates a dichotomous reaction. In a vacuum, the guy turned in a performance for the ages, and fans were rightly thrilled by the greatness. However, the fact remains that Bryant can”t be counted on for 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, four blocks, or maybe even just 48 minutes of run on a regular basis… and if it”s actually necessary, the Lakers are screwed anyway. Of course, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard don”t believe that”s the case, explaining in part why their enthusiasm for Kobe”s night was less than unbridled.
- On the plus side, Gasol has played very well since returning from injury. Even better, he and Kobe seem to have rediscovered their title-winning chemistry. How key a development is this moving forward?
- Given how Andrew Bynum hasn”t taken the court all season for Philly, it feels apropos he”d end up a no-show for the team photo. The Bynum trade has been an absolute disaster for the Sixers. How could it get worse?
- We”re both huge “Breaking Bad” fans — Bryan Cranston appeared on — and thus very intrigued by the news of a possible spinoff centered around Saul Goodman. Given the often dicey track record for spinoffs, is this a good idea?