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Missing Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma’s Wall, and … Anthony Davis?

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

This week in Lakerland, we learned once again what we knew last week, namely that the Lakers just aren’t as interesting, nor competitive, without Lonzo Ball. And it’s not even close. And as Lonzo starts to put together more solid games, the statistical contributions he’s making as a rookie are becoming more clear. We discuss, with data!

As Lonzo rises, Kyle Kuzma could be hitting the proverbial wall. His efficiency has declined month to month this season, and since Christmas has bottomed out. So what’s going on there, and how fast might it change? What does the bump in Kuzma’s road say about Julius Randle’s value? How will the Lakers deal with Randle at the deadline?

It’s one of a few trade related questions we ask, including this one: Would you trade the farm — Lonzo, Brandon Ingram, Kuzma, Randle — for Anthony Davis? We break it down both the micro (Does Davis get hurt too much? Do you know free agents would follow) and macro (Do you do whatever it takes to acquire a player you know is transcendent, even if it means taking on serious risk?

And finally… THE STATUE GAME IS BACK! In honor of the Lakers signing Gary Payton II, we give out a Lakers statue to the original.

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Paul George, Luke Walton One Year(ish) Later, and Lithuanian Hip Hop

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So Paul George visits Staples Center Wednesday night with the Thunder… what are the odds he’ll be visiting all the time next year as a member of the Lakers? His comments this week didn’t end the speculation, and meanwhile Russell Westbrook says they’ll make a hard sell in Oklahoma City by winning a championship. So where does it all go?

From there, we look at some informal Twitter polling data on confidence in Luke Walton and new Lakers management. Are fans getting impatient with Walton? Do they still believe in Magic and Pelinka? Where has each done well, and where have they stumbled?

Finally, there’s a nice young lady in Lithuania who, with some help from Kendrick Lamar, would like to welcome the Ball Brothers to her home nation.

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Kevin Arnovitz on Lonzo Ball and “Tootsie”

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Los Angeles Lakers, Opinion, Podcast |

Why is ESPN NBA writer Kevin Arnovitz one of our favorite people? Because there aren’t too many on the planet with whom you can split a 70-ish minute podcast between conversations ¬†about Lonzo Ball, his potential, and his singularity of style and skill set… and the 35th anniversary of the landmark film, “Tootsie.”

But that’s what we did earlier this week. It started by breaking down Arnovitz’s insightful feature on Lonzo in the newest issue of ESPN The Magazine. He relays what scouts say about Ball, how he might shift the paradigm when it comes to defining what “star” players do, and what kind of roster the Lakers need to build around him. And those Jason Kidd comps? Arnovitz has a more intriguing suggestion.

From there, we break down the comedy classic, “Tootsie.” Few movies are as well written (a screenplay by the legendary Larry Gelbart), acted (great performances from Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Dabney Coleman, Bill Murray, Teri Garr, and more), or have the sort of staying power and currency of Sidney Pollack’s gem. If you haven’t seen it recently, it’s worth a view before you listen.

 

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Lonzo Ball, LeBron James, and Star Wars

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Podcast |

The Lakers finished their road trip with a 2-2 record and four competitive games, a strong showing by any fair standard. Of course, the last of the group — a trip to Cleveland for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and the rest of L.A.’s traveling tribute to potential and hope — was the most significant. Lonzo and LeBron James on the same court, all eyes on them.

Everyone performed well. Lonzo was strong, Ingram balled out, and LBJ seemed to appreciate the talent. So he’s coming, right? We discuss.

(And don’t look now, but Lonzo’s FG% was about 40 on the roadie. Not brilliant, but a significant improvement. We talk about the impact that type of output would have were he to sustain it going forward.)

Finally, Star Wars. You heard? A new one is out! We deconstruct 40 years of Star Wars characters, then ask an important question: How good really is this franchise, from a movie making standpoint?

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John Badham on “Saturday Night Fever” and more

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Podcast |

It’s been 40 years since Saturday Night Fever hit theaters, and while many remember it for the music and, um, “period” fashion, it’s easy to forget a) how good a movie it is, and b) how influential it was.

To honor the anniversary, Andy sat down with director John Badham, going through the making of the movie and what gave it cultural relevance. They kick around the rest of Badham’s career as well, including killer movies like “War Games.”

Fun stuff for film lovers.

 

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Lonzo’s Slump, Luke’s Rotations, and Trade Machine Fun!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Lakers statistics, Opinion, Podcast |

It’s podcast day!

We kick things off talking, as any Lakers analyst must do (by law), Lonzo Ball. So the shooting thing… does it get better? And what happens if it doesn’t? The natives are getting restless, if response on postgame shows and social media are any indication. Also generating angst among the natives are Luke Walton’s rotation choices. So what mistakes is he making, and what’s beyond his control? Finally, why is it the Lakers seem to play down to the competition?

Finally, we take advantage of the turmoil in Memphis to crank up the Marc Gasol Trade Machine (with a dose of DeAndre Jordan thrown in for fun).

 

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