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Ingram’s Slow Start and Season Predictions

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast |

Last show before the real games begin. (Recorded on Monday, but delayed in posting…)

We cover…

  • Brandon Ingram’s slow preseason in the wake of expectations rising sharply for him this offseason.
  • Who starts at the four? Are the Lakers missing an opportunity in the frontcourt?
  • How many games will the Lakers win this year? The Vegas line is 34.5… so are they over or under, and how does Lonzo’s absence this preseason impact the final number?
  • What about the rest of the Western Conference? Who are the eight playoff teams in a stacked group?
  • In the East, since only two teams really matter, we look at Philadelphia’s chances, since in a lot of ways they’re the E.C. version of the Lakers.

And finally, it’s the 20th anniversary of Boogie Nights, one of the great movies of the last two decades. We discuss what makes it so good, and why it holds up so well.

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Are the Lakers Good Yet? Plus Tom Petty and the R’n'R HOF

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So three preseason games in, are the 2017-18 Lakers good yet? No? Why not? We discuss. From there, what are the most interesting parts of the annual NBA GM Survey? Where does Lonzo Ball fit into it all? And are the Lakers going a little overboard fueling the Lonzo Hype Machine? Finally (on the basketball end of things, at least) Luke Walton dropped some serious hints as to what type of year he thinks this is for his developing group. We decode.

In non-sports news, the death of Tom Petty was (rightly and understandably) overshadowed by the horrendous violence in Las Vegas, but worth some reflection. And as we do every year, it’s time to break down this year’s nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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Lee Jenkins on Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, and More!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

He’s the best in the business, and now he’s on our show. Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated joins us to talk about his new feature on Dwight Howard — well worth the read — including a dive into Howard’s time in L.A., and how his insecurity fits a larger theme we’re seeing more of in the NBA (see Durant, Kevin). From there, we kick around the future of next summer’s star free agents like LeBron James, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook. Plus, along with his thoughts on Lonzo Ball and whether anything the media or his dad can conjure might trip him up this year.

Jenkins is always insightful and thought provoking, and this conversation is no different.

Enjoy!

 

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Yacht Rock!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A |

Music lovers, rejoice! In this podcast, we talk with J.D. Ryznar and Hunter Stair, the pioneers of Yacht Rock. Not the music itself, but the naming of the genre, first through their cult favorite web series from a decade or so ago, and now with their podcast.

For the uninitiated, Yacht Rock is a subset of sophisticated soft rock — think Steely Dan, Toto, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins — that was sophisticated, musically, and (letting Wikipedia take if from here…) “existing between the late 1970s and early 1980s. Drawing on sources such as smooth soul, smooth jazz, R&B, funk, and disco, common stylistic traits include high-quality production, clean vocals, and a focus on light, catchy melodies. Initially used pejoratively, its name was derived from its association with the popular Southern Californian leisure.”

It’s a fun conversation, and if you’re a fan of the show/podcast, or just the music of the period, worth a listen.

 

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TamperGate ends, Lonzo’s #NBARank, Kobe Bryant’s Jerseys and More!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So lose to the start of the year, with Media Day on September 25. But that doesn’t we have to wait. Behold… podcast!

We start on the end of TamperGate. How did things turn out for the Lakers? Fair or unfair? And what did Magic say about it on First Take this week? Moving on, we kick around Lonzo Ball’s #NBA Rank (and a similar exercise from Sports Illustrated). What does it mean that he’s already showing up on lists like these? Anyone from the Lakers seem under-appreciated? After that, we talk about Kobe’s jersey retirement ceremony, now officially set for December 18th.

And finally, we wrap with a lively discussion of the best song/movie combo from the 1980s.

 

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Michael Apted, Director

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Podcast, Q & A |

Few directors in Hollywood have had a career with as much variety as Michael Apted. His resume includes critically acclaimed films like “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Gorillas In the Mist,” big budget franchise movies from the Bond and Narnia series, and landmark documentaries — his “Up” series, which has for 50 years followed a group of British school children every seven years since they were seven years old. (It’s truly remarkable.)

I had a chance to speak with Apted at length about (among other things) the process of filmmaking, both features and documentaries, what he’s learned from the incredible roster of actors with whom he’s worked over the years, and his new film “Unlocked,” which opens September 1st and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas, Toni Collette, Orlando Bloom, and John Malkovich.

–BK

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