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82 Games of Fun With LeBron, plus Melo, LaVar and the Queen of Soul

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

It’s been a couple weeks, so apologies.

In this episode, we break down the schedule and all it means for the different forecasts currently bouncing around the NBA universe. There’s a reason predictions on the Lakers seem to be all over the map. From there, how do the Lakers plan to control minutes for LeBron James? Do they? What does that look like?

LaVar Ball was back in the news. Sort of. Are we finally passing through Peak LaVar, and coming out the other side? What would that mean for this year’s Lakers team?

Finally, it’s the legacy of Carmelo Anthony, as he moves to Houston, and remembering the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

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Watch The NBA Finals, Comment Via Your Burner Twitter Account

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, LeBron James, Opinion, Podcast |

So… The Finals! It’s the matchup everyone expected. Any reason to believe it won’t end the way everyone expects? Do the Cavs have any real chance to pull the upset? And by that, we mean, “Does LeBron James have any real chance to pull the upset?” More intriguing than projecting the champion is trying to figure out how the results impact the offseason. What does it mean that Houston lost? Is LeBron more likely to stay in Cleveland if the Cavs win or lose? Does it even matter?

And the big news of the week — The Ringer’s feature on Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo and five very suspicious Twitter accounts — has an impact as well. Philadelphia was, at least by one oddsmaker’s account, the clubhouse leader for LeBron’s services this offseason. Are they still? Is it really that weird that Colangelo might have been essentially adopting alter egos to defend his work. And if it wasn’t him (or his wife) who is the incredibly dedicated Colangelo hater that made all this happen?

From Colangelo, we move to LiAngelo. Ball. And his workout this week in El Segundo. Does this mean the Lakers are caving to LaVar?

Finally, it’s the Twitter Mailbag!

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Ranking “Untouchableness” plus Julius Randle and Solo!

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

An unusual amount of Lakers related stuff to discuss, considering the time of year. L.A. isn’t in the playoffs, and the Draft is still a few weeks away. Yet…

Julius Randle’s free agency was in the news this week, as his agent Aaron Mintz questioned the value he has in the eyes of the front office. Is Randle really a priority? We discuss.

From there, we use other comments from Rob Pelinka about summer plans for reshaping the roster in concert with this week’s All-Rookie Team announcement to look at the five members of the team’s young core (for our purposes: Ingram, Lonzo, Kuzma, Randle, Hart). If we had to rank them in order of “untouchableness,” who is most touchable, and who is the least?

We finish with a look at “Solo,” and the Star Wars franchise more broadly. How many good movies are there, really? Are there any one-offs we’d like to see? Why is it so hard to make a good “new” Star Wars?

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The 2017-18 Lakers Season Reviewed, and Previewing the Playoffs

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion |

Another year down, and another in the recent run of playoff-free seasons for the purple and gold. That said, was this a successful season for the Lakers? On the one hand, there was a nine-game improvement from last year to this one, which is nothing to sneeze at particularly given the injuries. But what about the young guys? The front office?  Did the Lakers turn the tide on a negative national narrative surrounding the team?

We discuss.

From there, we kick around two significant Kobe anniversaries that came this week — first, five years from the Achilles tear, and two from the 60-point effort capping off his career.

Finally, it’s NBA Playoffs time! We talk about the most intriguing storylines, and make some bold — BOLD!!! – predictions.

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Brandon Ingram Shelved, Kobe’s (Awkward) Oscar, and The Dude Turns 20

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

The Lakers have been among the best teams in the NBA since early January, but — and stop us if this sounds familiar — the injury bug threatens to derail the momentum. Josh Hart is already sidelined (likely) for the year after hand surgery, and now Brandon Ingram will miss at least the rest of this week with a hip injury. Could be more, because nobody wants to mess with a hip.

What will it mean for the Lakers, big picture and little alike?

From there, we get into Kobe’s Oscar win. On the one hand, Kobe won an Oscar! Pretty impressive, without question.  On the other, in the wake of Me Too and Time’s Up, it has brought up tough questions about Colorado that had generally been left alone for a few years. How do we talk about Kobe and those allegations in today’s context? Not just with Kobe, but others facing similar accusations, whether from years ago or more recently? There are, to say the least, no easy answers.

Kevin Love opened up about anxiety and mental illness for The Players Tribune, becoming the latest athlete to speak openly on the subject. It’s an important trend not just for de-stigmatizing mental illness, but for pushing up against some of the more traditional, and toxic, constructs of masculinity.

Finally, The Big Lebowski turns 20 this week. We celebrate the milestone.

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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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