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Are the Lakers Legit? Lonzo’s Return, and Soup Tossing

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So the Lakers have won four straight out of the break, and are 16-7 since early January, when they ended the nine-game losing streak. That’s good for the third best record in the NBA. So are the Lakers legit now, and what does that mean for the rebuild? The argument for letting what they have grow is gaining momentum.

We discuss.

From there, we break down Josh Hart’s injury, Lonzo’s return to the lineup, and Julius Randle’s attempt to make it impossible for the Lakers to let him go. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith was suspended by the Cavs for throwing soup. BUT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND, which is a massive failure of journalism.

Finally, a statue for the newest former Laker, Corey Brewer!

 

 

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Oscars Preview Podcast With Special Guest, Steve Mason!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Opinion, Podcast |

The Oscars are Sunday, the Super Bowl for people who love movies. So with that in mind, we invited our friend Steve Mason into the studio for a Big Oscars Preview. We kicked around all the major topics. Who we think ought to win Best Picture and why, how much a film’s popularity with audiences ought to matter, the importance of staying power — will people remember “Get Out” or “The Shape of Water” more in 15 years? — the strange race for Best Director, and whether Steve buys into the Three Billboards backlash.

All that and more. Give it a listen, and get ready for Sunday.

 

 

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Lakers post-deadline, LaVar’s big threat, and Groundhog Day

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So the Lakers have made it through the deadline, and have a new-look roster… how’s it looking? Well, the defense has suffered. Is it all on Isaiah Thomas? Did the Lakers expect this much defensive slippage after the deal? Should it bother them?

Meanwhile in Lithuania, LaVar Ball is making big threats about the future of Lonzo and the Lakers, vis-a-vis the other brothers. According to dad, all three boys need to be Lakers, or Lonzo won’t be there very long. Setting aside the idea that LaVar clearly doesn’t understand the CBA, how much should the Lakers care about this latest headline? The notion he could demand it come true seems remote, but is stuff like this more important than, say, criticisms of Luke Walton?

From there, we look at the state of the NBA, post-deadline. The Cavs are happy again, which makes the East seem a lot less competitive. And the Rockets, not the Warriors, lead the West. Is GSW vulnerable, bored, or both, and what does that say about how the Lakers ought to think about roster construction? Would they be wise to time the peak of their rebuild a little further down the road?

Finally, this week marked the 25th anniversary of “Groundhog Day,” one of the most enduring comedies of any generation. Why has it slowly moved into true canon status? We look at why it is about as perfect as a movie can get, and the way it changed the arc of Bill Murray’s career.

 

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The Lakers Go Big at the Trade Deadline

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

For all the buildup around the Lakers, when the NBA’s trade deadline actually arrived, things looked awfully quiet in El Segundo… until things weren’t.

The purple and gold were front and center in the day’s biggest deal, sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to Cleveland in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and Cleveland’s first round pick in the 2018 Draft. As far as deals go, this qualifies as a BFD, not so much for what it does this season, but the way in which it clears a path for the Lakers going forward. By moving Clarkson and Nance for two expiring deals, L.A. has the ability to open up enough cap space this summer for two max free agents. Or they could roll that money over to the summer of 2019. Or they could make trades, short term deals netting them longer term assets, or really anything they want.

In the words of Rob Pelinka, the Lakers can choose whatever path they want, and in an NBA where cap space is hard to come by, operate in a position of power. What will they do? We discuss.

From there, we talk about how the new guys might fit in. Will Thomas recover from a disastrous tenure in Cleveland? What does this mean for Josh Hart, especially when Lonzo Ball comes back? As for the league at large, did the Cavs do enough to keep LeBron around, or did they just make it that much easier for the Lakers to poach him this summer?

All that, and… well, not more. Just that. But that’s a lot, right?

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Lonzo Ball’s Knee, the Challenge of LeBron, and Griffin Goes North

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blake Griffin, Julius Randle, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

A week or so away from the trade deadline, things are getting interesting around the NBA. For the Lakers, though, the top-of-mind question isn’t about who is coming and who is going, but who isn’t around at all. Namely, Lonzo Ball. Still out with an MCL sprain, he seems unlikely to play on the road trip. So when is he coming back, and should fans be worried it’s taking this long?

From there, we dive into what appears to be a growing dumpster fire in Cleveland. The Cavs can’t play defense. Kevin Love is out. The owner is apparently running the front office. They’ve still got LeBron and most people think they’ll win the East, but warning signs abound. Meanwhile, LeBron is issuing yet more passive aggressive social media missives, another reminder that having James on your team isn’t easy. It’s a serious challenge for any front office. Is L.A.’s experienced and skilled enough?

Finally, we look at the Blake Griffin-to-Detroit deal. What does it mean for the Clippers going forward, and how might that impact the Lakers?

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