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Podcast! D’Antoni’s rotations, Nash’s health, Kobe’s latest avatar, and Rob Ford jokes!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, Pau Gasol, Rob Ford, Steve Blake, Steve Nash | 1 comment

With the season underway, we discuss the .500-ish Lakers and what has been learned about this team after a handful of games. Listen to us while you can before BK breaks up the band for his impending high profile showbiz gig! Among your high points…

  • In case you hadn’t heard (and at least one of our Tweeps figured we hadn’t), Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has recently dabbled with crack.
  • We take a run through the latest headlines. Among other bold predictions, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein predicts Lamar Odom will reenter the NBA this season. What to make of the report that Andrew Bynum is again experiencing pain? Russell Westbrook returns to action ahead of schedule. Kobe plays more mind games through Twitter!
  • As we recorded, the Lakers were still 2-2 before Tuesday’s loss in Dallas. We convey our general impressions. Have there been any surprises?
  • There have been grumblings from fans and even players about Mike D’Antoni’s rotation. In particular, Jordan Hill’s inconsistent playing time is a sticking point. Are these complaints valid? What are the complicating factors?
  • Steve Nash, to put it kindly, has looked neither good nor healthy in his second season as a Laker. Is there reason to maintain hope for a turnaround? Are fans being overly harsh towards him?
  • While in L.A. to face the Clippers, Dwight Howard says he still talks to a few ex-Laker teammates, but none named “Kobe” or “Bryant.” Did anybody on the planet actually think those two would remain in touch? In the meantime, the now-Rocket center emerged a unifying force between both sides of the crosstown rivalry.
  • Time for some AAK!!! Which NBA player (current or former) would each of us choose to hang out with for a day? What is the worst legitimately popular TV show currently on air? What are our thoughts on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin-Miami Dolphins mess? What’s the worst injury — and backhanded compliment — either of us has suffered?

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

 

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Podcast: Lakers predictions, NBA 2013-14 season preview, GM survey, and Nick Young’s Swaggy P-ness

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Royce White, Steve Blake, Steve Nash | 7 comments

The preseason, she is officially in the books, meaning the regular season is now just around the corner. What lies ahead for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant and the league as a whole? We offer oodles and oodles of prognostications, plus our usual helping of nonsense. The highlights:

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

 

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Podcast: The Lakers preseason, Kobe's rehab, Pau's money, Miley's next gig, food aversions

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash |

That faint sound you just heard? A grown man in China sobbing upon hearing Kobe Bryant was walking within a 25-mile radius.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module above, and a rundown of talking points follows below…

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Kobe Bryant is back in Europe getting exotic knee treatment

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Opinion |

Kobe Bryant, who isn't going to participate in the preseason (something we all knew), is back in Germany getting additional platelet-rich plasma treatment (Regenokine to you and me) on his right knee. This via Yahoo! Sports.

“The Lakers issued a statement on Thursday indicating that Bryant had left the country for an unspecified procedure and would be gone from training camp for several days,” writes Adrian Wojnarowski. “Part of the thinking with pushing back the knee procedure until now, one source said, is the belief it will give him maximum benefit once he's able to return to play this season. It is still unclear how much longer he'll be rehabbing his Achilles before he's cleared to play for the Lakers this season.”

Or maybe he waited because he couldn't get an appointment?

Nobody at practice Thursday seemed to think it was a big deal, and it probably isn't. But Bryant's trip to the great motherland of zeppelins is a reminder Kobe's health questions extend beyond a reconstructed Achilles tendon. The dude is still 35, still has 50,000-plus regular season and playoff minutes. He still has chronic knees problems, tender ankles, and myriad other physical issues requiring attention. When a player suffers major injury, the risk to other body parts is high because an athlete's kinetic balance can easily get out of whack. Bryant, as Gary Vitti described him recently, is like a Ferrari. The whole thing has to be operating at peak levels, or things — very expensive things — go wrong.

So we all wait, hanging on every detail. Not just because he's Kobe Bryant and watching a guy with insane drive and ludicrously high standards work to overcome one of the most serious injuries in sports at, by industry standards, a near-geriatric age makes for incredible theater. It's a challenge big enough Bryant, already with five titles, spotty prospects for more, and a suite awaiting him at basketball's Mount Olympus, went from “Maybe I'll play one more” to “I'm here for another three”. But it's also because virtually everything for the Lakers hinges on the results of his comeback. Their prospects for this season, for sure (though even a pristine Bryant isn't leading this team to a title), but more importantly the upcoming rebuild. So much of the team's reconstruction, from the amount of available space to sign free agents to the types of guys they might be able to attract, fundamentally starts with questions about Kobe's future.

A couple seasons back, the Lakers faced a huge decision on Andrew Bynum as a centerpiece (see what I did there?) of the franchise's future. He was a GM's nightmare. Tantalizing talent mitigated by a brutal medical history. If he stayed healthy, he'd produce and command serious dollars as a free agent. Still, you knew somewhere in that hypothetical long-term deal Bynum would lose time to injury. Ultimately, the Lakers did the best possible thing, trading him away and making that choice someone else's problem. Even with Dwight Howard having left, the Lakers are still better off for having made the deal. That's not an option with Bryant, and should hard choices become necessary they'll be approximately seven zillion times more emotionally charged relative to anything the Lakers experienced with Bynum.

The enemy is ambiguity. On one end of the spectrum, Kobe returns at some point during the first six weeks of the season and as the year goes along, proves himself to be an altered-but-still-elite player. On the other, he comes back and for whatever reason just can't get right physically and is unable to clear his self-imposed standards bar. If that happens — and it's not what I'm expecting — Kobe will walk away.*

It's all the possibilities in the middle that become potentially problematic for all parties involved. Recovery is slow and spotty. Other nagging injuries pop up… but Kobe still plays like Kobe over stretches. That type of thing. What happens then? How much does Kobe ask for over the summer? How many years? What would the Lakers commit?

Hopefully Bryant comes back strong, and everything works itself out. I'm bullish on his recovery and certainly after last season, the Lakers could use a little good fortune. But allowing the mind to wander a little, if sailing isn't so smooth, the test faced by L.A.'s Dr. Buss-less front office this offseason will pale in comparison to anything seen with Howard. If nothing else, it reminds fans of how significant an obstacle Bryant is working to overcome.

*For what it's worth, even if he comes back and looks pretty good, I think Bryant, more in tune with his body than basically any human on Earth, will know before the rest of us if “it” isn't there, and isn't coming back. I can totally see a scenario where he finishes the year, and surprises people by retiring.

CORRECTION: In the original post, I referred to the procedure as Orthokene. As Bleacher Report's Will Carroll noted, the procedure Bryant underwent is called Regenokine. 

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Podcast: Lakers Media Day, expectations, positional battles and the "Breaking Bad" finale

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Blake, Steve Nash | 1 comment

With the Government shut down and our politicians demonstrating yet again their dysfunctional, self-centered, hypocritical incompetency, the United States of America, the greatest nation on Earth, has embarked on a desperate, collective search for a hero to provide hope as society crumbles into ruin.

Look no further, America. Your huckleberry has arrived.

To listen to the show, click on the module above or either of the download links. As for talking points…:

  • A look at the NBA headlines. LeBron and 'Melo won't answer questions about their potential free agency in 2014. Greg Monroe reportedly won't receive an extension from the Pistons, which would make him a potential target for the Lakers next summer as a restricted free agent. Andrew Bynum cut his hair, an absolute tragedy for fans of Drew's myriad bizarre stylings in Philly. (People like us, for example.) The NBA Competition Committee has voted to return the NBA Finals to a 2-2-1-1-1 format, a necessary change, long overdue.
  • Lakers Media Day on Saturday was a low key affair, but there was Papa John's pizza for the media!!! What, if anything, can be deciphered from this turn of events?
  • Could the Lakers actually benefit as a franchise from a season with low expectations?
  • How will MDA divvy up the minutes at point guard, shooting guard and small forward?
  • There are a bunch of dudes with partially guaranteed contracts fighting to become Lakers. Who has the best chance of sticking?
  • AAK!!! Is Sriracha or wasabi the superior spicy condiment? How can Blake Griffin shut up those who dismiss him as a one-dimensional dunker? What did we think of the “Breaking Bad” finale?
  • In a very cool story, Brandon Bass is learning how to swim as a 28 year-old adult. What skill would we each love to learn from scratch as even older adults? (On a related note, Brian has no idea what a “lathe” is.)

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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