Surprising, to say the least, but 20 games in, the Lakers are a .500 team hanging on the edge of the playoff ladder. To put things in perspective, last season the team’s 10th win didn’t come until February 2nd. This year? November 30. Aside from the most optimistic heart-over-head diehards, few saw this coming. But it has, so what does it mean going forward? We break it down, focusing on…
Nick Young’s injury. What does it do to the rotation? What if he misses a full month?
Brandon Ingram. His progress to this point, and whether it’s time to go all in and call the kid a future star.
Luke Walton. Why he’s been successful, and how a combination of coaching talent and good timing could serve the Lakers very well for a long time.
All that and… well, actually, no more. Just all that.
A few years back, we had the pleasure of welcoming the great Billy Bob Thornton to our show. And now, he’s back!
We talk Bad Santa 2 (along with the original), the greatness of John Ritter, what makes this a golden age for television (Thornton was amazing in AMC’s “Fargo,” and stars in Amazon’s “Goliath”), his love of baseball, and — because of course we would — My Little Pony.
Andy and Brian talk with Ricki Stern, co-director of the HBO documentary ‘Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing.’ The movie takes an in-depth and sobering look at the devastation following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and how various victims picked up the pieces to move forward with their lives. The interview also touches upon the way we discuss terrorism in America and the process of telling such personal and painful stories.
So in this episode, we talk about early season surprises for the Lakers. We also talk about “The Walking Dead.”
And the best news for Lakers fans? The two conversations are totally unrelated! What a nice change from the last couple seasons!
We kick things off with a Warriors-themed news segment, talking about LeBron’s Halloween troll, K.D.’s continuing need to explain his relationship with Russ, and Damian Lillard’s assessment of Golden State’s defense sans Andrew Bogut. From there, it’s into the early part of the Lakers season. All in all, very encouraging… and keep in mind we recorded before Wednesday’s win in Atlanta. Is Julius Randle’s hot start sustainable? Does Nick Young stay in the starting lineup? What looks different about the team at large? Can Luol Deng gain some consistency?
Finally, we bring back AAK! Ask a Kamenetzky. This week’s theme? “The Walking Dead.”
With preseason games 2 and 3 in the books, we have a little better feel for this Lakers team, and for the first time in a while… the sun is poking through the clouds!
This team, in our humble opinion, still isn’t going to win a ton of games, but on both sides of the ball have given Lakers fans all the feels to this point in the fake game schedule. Some of the more interesting trends: Jordan Clarkson has come off the bench for all three games, with Lou Williams as a starter. The results have been positive all around, so will Luke Walton stick with that lineup? If so, is that a good thing? Julius Randle has improved his playmaking skills over the offseason. How far can he take it? What about Brandon Ingram? Any concern over his slow start?
This after kicking around some big news, including happy reports on negotiations for a new CBA, and a very unusual ambassadorship for Yao Ming.
Plus, we reveal our most intriguing non-Warriors/Cavs teams in both conferences. Then we cap it off not just with statues for Sasha Vujacic, but a rousing game of Sasha Vujacic trivia!
It’s likely more than you can handle in a single episode, but we’re willing to risk it.
He is one of the funniest people in Hollywood, and has been for a very long time.
Fred Willard is a master of comic improv, evidenced by his roles in the series of Christopher Guest mockumentaries, like “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best In Show,” and “A Mighty Wind.” His newest, “Mascots,” debuts October 13th on Netflix. And without giving too much away, he’s incredibly funny. (Actually, that’s giving nothing away, except what you probably assumed already.)
We spoke to Fred about the new movie, the secrets of improv, what makes a character funny, and one great missed opportunity in his long, successful career. Fun stuff.
Andy and Brian Kamenetzky are writers and radio hosts in Los Angeles, and have covered local and national sports for over a decade with the Los Angeles Times and ESPN. This is their ninth season covering the Lakers and the NBA.