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PODCAST! Kobe Bryant vs. rebuilding, Pau’s vertigo, Swaggy robbed, Kanye as the lesser of three evils

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Nick Young, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Podcast | 2 comments

The Lakers are now undefeated in games played at Staples Center where Phil Jackson watches as Knicks President from a luxury suite. If Mike D’Antoni can figure out a way to replicate this formula, the team may be able to end this season on a surprisingly positive note.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module, and a list of talking points can be found below. Among the high points.

  • We stroll through the latest headlines. LeBron James and Adam Silver will meet this offseason to discuss the possible elimination of sherseys. Greveis Vasquez declares Kevin Durant “Jesus.” Mark Cuban calls out the NFL’s impending business model.  Is the Eastern Conference now a legitimate playoff race?
  • Kobe Bryant sat down with ESPN’s Darren Rovell to discuss basketball and business. As far as hoops goes, Kobe offered his faith in Jeanie and Jim Buss, but reiterated his impatience with a slow and steady rebuild. How big of a problem is this moving forward?
  • In the meantime, Kobe Inc. has opened up shop, with Bryant lending his presence and dollars to a sports drink called BodyArmour. How does this investment reflect the prospects of Kobe’s post-playing career?
  • Pau Gasol has vertigo. No. Seriously. Vertigo. At this points, are there any bizarre injuries and ailments left for the Lakers to endure?
  • Nick Young got robbed Sunday night, but the joke may actually be on the assholes who stole his clothes and jewelry.
  • It’s time for AAK!!! What movies have scared the K Bros most over the years? Rank the following in terms of quality company: Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber.
  • The New York Post reported Monday that former NBA player Quinton Ross was found murdered. As it turns out, the deceased was a different man named Quinton Ross. But hey, at least the Post was “first!”

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on by heading here.

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Podcast! Phil Jackson is gone… so what now?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Jordan Farmar, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson | 5 comments

It’s not necessarily that a ton of things have happened in the land o’ Lakers since we last recorded the Land O’Lakers podcast, just that the thing that did go down was a doozie.

Jordan Hill missed the team picture.

That, and Phil Jackson took a pretty plum gig with the Knicks. (Do I really need to add a link-to-the-news, here? If PJ-to-NY is information you haven’t yet heard, I suspect you’re here on accident.) And fair to say, the average Lakers fan reacted with a combination of anger, fear, and… no, anger and fear pretty much covers it. No surprise, it was the major topic of conversation for the newest show, which can be heard by clicking the module above (or the link below). A list of the major talking points…

  • Before the main course, some passed apps in the form of headlines. Deadspin takes over the Hawks’ Twitter feed, more examples of people not understanding how social media works, new Commish Adam Silver says jersey ads are coming sooner rather than later.
  • With Phil gone, what happens now? Can Jim Buss perform well enough to shift the narrative on him? Can the narrative even be shifted?
  • What about Kobe Bryant? How will he handle what could be a tough 2014-15 season, and who knows what after that? How much do his complaints really matter?
  • We play “Should the Lakers Keep This Guy Next Season?” Let’s spin the wheel with Jordan Farmar.
  • It’s time for some AAK!!! Better starring duo for a buddy cop movie: The K bros or the Sklar Bros? Is the world actually a sphere? Who wins between Andy and Brian in a fist fight?

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on by heading here.

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Phil Jackson, Jim Buss and a big Lakers power play

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Lakers Analysis, Lakers News, Opinion, Phil Jackson | 13 comments

Friday morning, I packed the kids into the ol’ CR-V for the ride to school, and was greeted with news the New York Knicks had met with Phil Jackson and offered him their head coaching position.

Fair to say I didn’t need Stephen A. Smith’s analysis to tell me PJ wasn’t interested.

Friday afternoon, however, things got a lot more interesting, when Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported the Knicks put something far more intriguing on the table: A front office gig, “more than a consulting job,” Isola’s source said. A President of Basketball Operations sort of thing, it can be reasonably assumed, the type giving Jackson control of New York’s roster construction and providing the Knicks with exactly the type of credible, stable, respected face they desperately need. Jackson reportedly asked for a week or so to sit on the offer.

And this morning, ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelburne added even more spice to the gumbo. Phil wouldn’t simply be interested in taking a Pat Riley role for a team, but according to her sources, “he is open to the possibility of coaching for a short period of time if it was necessary in a transition period for a franchise with championship aspirations.”

(Anyone know where we might find one of those, locally? Anyone? I can wait…)

All of this on the heels of Thursday’s catastrophic, franchise-worst loss to the Clippers at Staples, a game most fans left early to get home and make sure their pitchforks were sharpened and torches well-oiled.

Information leaks for a purpose, and while dot-connecting is always a risky venture seeing all these things as related requires no great leap. You could hardly blame Jim Buss for feeling a little besieged this weekend. For all the discontent aimed his way for hiring Mike D’Antoni instead of Jackson (something he’ll get blamed for, even if most people – Jackson included – say Dr. Buss ultimately made that call), the saving grace for Jim is that Phil hasn’t landed anywhere else. It could have happened had the Kings moved to Seattle, where Phil was set to be part of Chris Hansen’s braintrust for the new Sonics, but didn’t. Now it appears New York, even with the James Dolan Factor, is in play. He’s just got to think about it. For a week or so. While the Lakers burn. And oh, by the way, under the right circumstances, he’d even coach again for a year or so if necessary. If, you know, there was an opening and all.

There’s nothing subtle about this.

Tick tock, Jim.

For all the legitimate criticisms of Jim Buss, all the hyperbolic stuff – cries that he’s cheap, doesn’t want to win, is willing to run the thing into the ground, etc. – are ridiculous. He wants to successfully honor his father’s legacy, showing people he’s not just a rich man’s privileged son, but a quality basketball executive. So it’s ironic that his best chance to accomplish that in the eyes of the Lakers faithful would be by falling on his own sword, stepping aside, and giving Phil (or someone else with a high level of credibility) control over the hoops side of the operation. But what sounds easy from the outside isn’t, to use the vernacular, a slam dunk. Remember, it’s not just a job Phil is after, it’s Jim’s. It’s a move simultaneously making him a hero and diminishing him, while undoing the plan for succession Dr. Buss, barely a year in the grave, set in motion.

On the other hand, if Jackson heads to New York (or anywhere, really) Jim won’t be able swing by Ralph’s for a gallon of milk without getting egged. (That the eggs and milk are generally pretty close together doesn’t help.) It could take years for him to recover, publicly, if he can at all.

To whatever degree this really is the sort of basketball palace coup attempt it appears from the outside, it’s worth noting how much damage the gambit could cause should it not work. Even if Jeanie Buss isn’t at the heart of this week’s leaks, she’s clearly never had much interest in keeping a lid on Phil chatter, despite how much it undermines Jim and therefore hurts the organization. So at best she’s an inactive, indifferent bystander, at worst she’s actively working to push her brother aside. Not great for stability under any circumstances, but if Phil doesn’t return, at a time El Segundo needs to learn how to function in a Dr. Buss-less world she’ll have real responsibility for injecting that much more conflict and uncertainty.

All of this, of course, doesn’t even address other questions. Whether all of this is truly fair to Jim, whether that even matters, whether Phil would actually thrive in a team-building role, whether the potential instability of Jackson’s return outweighs the value he might bring, and so on. There’s a lot to unpack, here.

Fun, risky, fascinating times we find ourselves in, right?

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Podcast! The future for Steve Nash, PJ and D’Antoni. Plus, talk of death, Rocky IV, and Travolta!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Steve Nash |

We figured y’all would need some kinda entertainment after Thursday’s debacle against the Clippers. Hopefully, this helps take the edge off.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module above, and a list of talking points can be found below. Among the highlights:

  • We talk a stroll through the headlines. Carmelo Anthony is reportedly running low on patience in New York, and Joakim Noah is reportedly recruiting the All-Star to join him in Chicago. (And speaking of disgruntled All-Stars, I think Phoenix could/should make a serious, credible push for Kevin Love this offseason.) Pop offers his coaching secrets. The Pistons deny rumors that Isiah Thomas could replace Joe Dumars (and I take the indefensible position that they should). Royce White gets a 10-day deal with the Kings.
  • Much has been written (and filmed) these days about Steve Nash’s uncertain future with the Lakers, which could include retirement, the stretch provision, or… believe it or not… another year on the roster, whether physically up to the task or not. What, if anything, does Nash owe the Lakers if it grows even more apparent taking the court is a pipe dream? Is he obligated to step away from his career and the nearly $10 million?
  • We discuss Sam Amick’s recent wide-ranging interview with Phil Jackson for USA Today. What lies ahead for Phil as a coach, a potential member of the Laker brass, or a member of a front office anywhere in the league?
  • Tweeps complaining that Mike D’Antoni didn’t play Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman during a WIN in Portland reflects just how much Laker fans despise Ol’ Pringles. (That, and they just don’t get the notion of playing for the future.) Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but dude might be around next season.
  • It’s time for AAK!!! What kind of mask would we wear with a broken nose? We rank, based on several criteria, “The Karate Kid,” “Rocky IV,” “Wildcats,” “Major League,” and “Teen Wolf.” Who’s the bigger train wreck between John Travolta and Mel Gibson? Would we prefer to die by fire, drowning or hungry lion?

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on by heading here.

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Podcast: Steve Nash’s future, Pau Gasol’s health, the Lakers’ identity and guilty pleasure music

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Boniface N'Dong, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Jordan Hill, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Podcast, Steve Nash | 3 comments

With ten games officially in the books, what to make of the .500-ish Lakers and the way things have thus far shaken out, Joe Q. PurpleAndGoldFan asks. Well, lucky for Joe Q. PurpleAndGoldFan, we happened to have an afternoon free to answer that same pressing question. The show can be heard by clicking on the module, and a list of talking points can be found below. Among the high points:

  • Our run through the headlines! Yahoo! reports the Knicks are targeting Kevin Love in 2015. Coach K thinks flopping is… un-American??? Matt Barnes loses his mind against the Thunder and on Twitter. J.R. Smith defends his brother’s honor against Brandon Jennings.
  • Steve Nash’s health has taken a turn for the (even) worse. Nerve damage related to last season’s problems has the point guard shelved for at least another week, and that is likely optimistic. What does the future hold for Canada’s favorite son?
  • In the meantime, Pau Gasol’s health/age issues aren’t nearly as extreme as Nash’s, but foot, respiratory, and conditioning problems, plus his advancing years, have nonetheless conspired to create a slow start. Is it possible El Spaniard can regain the All-Star form Mike D’Antoni predicted in the preseason?
  • Are the Lakers struggling to discover their “identity?”
  • AAK!!! If powerful aliens were to demand one celebrity sacrifice a year in exchange for the Earth’s safety, who would we nominate as the first to go? Which was the most seismic event in Lakers history: The nixed CP3 deal, D’Antoni getting hired over Phil Jackson, or Dwight Howard’s departure? What is our favorite guilty pleasure song, and what music do people try to make us feel guilty for not liking?
  • I share my theory about former NBA fringe big men Mamadou N’Diaye and Boniface N’Dong. It will blow your mind!

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on by heading here.

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