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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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Director Chris Smith on “Jim & Andy,” Kaufman, Carrey and the Making of “Man on the Moon”

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A |

If you like documentaries, it’s worth checking out “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” a fantastic film diving into the making of the great Andy Kaufman biopic, “Man on the Moon,” starring Jim Carrey. It was a stellar performance in which Carrey not only channeled Kaufman on screen, but off as well. Needless to say, it created all sorts of problems on set. Not just because Carrey was going full method actor portraying the unpredictable, mercurial comedian, but also his vulgar alter ego Tony Clifton.

We spoke to director Chris Smith about the making of the movie, and what he learned about Carrey in what is a fascinating look at his career, fame, and the pain that makes comedy.

The movie debuts Friday on Netflix. Check it out.

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Are the Lakers Actually Good at Defense?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Podcast |

We recorded this one on Thursday ahead of the Portland and Brooklyn games, but technical problems kept it off the interwebs. Good news: This stuff is pretty evergreen. (As is the commentary on Fantasy Football that opens the show. Got a feeling we hit on things many, many, many of those listening will recognize.)

The Lakers are actually playing defense through (now) eight games this year. Is it sustainable? Yes, we’re asking that question: Could the Lakers defense actually be… good? And how sustainable are we talking, here? What happens now that Larry Nance Jr. is out of the lineup for at least a month? And will there be any regret long term for letting D’Angelo Russell go?

 

 

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