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Ranking “Untouchableness” plus Julius Randle and Solo!

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

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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Playoffs, Baby! Gearing Up For a Crazy Summer

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

The Conference Finals are here, and in some ways are more interesting thanks to what happens after them, rather than during. What if Houston, now tied 1-1, goes down quickly from here on? What if the Celtics beat the Cavs (as we both think will happen)? Does that mean LeBron is gone? To Houston? To L.A. ? Could Boston, stacked with too many good players, trade Kyrie?

And what about that Houston/GSW series? Did “adjustments” happen? Or did Houston just do Houston stuff better? Are there any adjustments good enough to get Cleveland through to the Finals?

We kick around all this, plus talk a little Boogie Cousins. Is he doing this free agency thing right?

 

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Jon Weisman on “Brothers in Arms”

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Podcast, Q & A |

Switching gears this week, we talk Dodgers history with former ESPN colleague Jon Weisman, author of the new book, “Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition. If you’re a fan of the Blue, you’re likely already familiar with Weisman’s work on Dodger Thoughts. He’s a great writer, and this is a great collection of stories tying together decades of rich pitching tradition.

We talk about how it developed, the names he loves the most, and what is so powerful about the throughline between  Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw. Plus, what becomes of Kershaw after this season?

All that, and more!

(Note: Apologies that the last couple of Lakers podcasts haven’t gone live on this feed. We’ve had some issues, whether technical or circumstance, that have kept them on our ESPN feed. Shouldn’t be a thing going forward. Thanks.)

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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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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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