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PODCAST!!! Kobe Bryant’s minutes, Taylor Swift’s belly button, Bill Cosby and social media, Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Byron Scott, Chris Kaman, free agency, Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Justine Sacco, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion | 2 comments

Fourteen games into the season, the Lakers are 3-11, with Kobe Bryant clearly gassed and the injury bug continuing to bite. (Poor Xavier Henry.) And as a gander at the schedule reminds, it’s gonna get a lot tougher before it gets even theoretically better.

Um… Happy Thanksgiving? (Unless you’re rooting for the Lakers to keep their lottery pick, in which case, Happy Thanksgiving!)

The show can be heard by clicking on the module, and below is a list of talking points. Among the highlights.

  • Fourteen games into the season, it’s grown clear Kobe Bryant is beyond exhausted upon averaging nearly 36 minutes per game at age 36 on the heels of two significant injuries. Byron Scott’s solution? Keep those minutes as is, but limit Kobe’s practice time. On several counts, this is a terrible approach that also perhaps speaks to the coach’s troubling mentality.
  • Once again, Kobe’s Kontract has become a topic of discussion. We explain why Bryant simultaneously has a point and misses the point while defending his salary.
  • We take a look at some big stories around the NBA. Nike tries to pull a fast one on Allen Iverson. Hornets Forward Jeff Taylor opts not to appeal his 24-game suspension for a domestic abuse incident. Chris Kaman doesn’t believe in Big Foot. (Seriously. He said this.) Can the Clippers and/or Cavaliers right the ship after a sluggish start?
  • In our new “Not Sports Story” segment, we break down Taylor Swift’s mysterious refusal to show her belly button. What’s up with that?
  • We continue with new segments, this one called “Person of Interest.” We take a look at the new-but-old allegations of Bill Cosby and sexual assault, and the way social media now completely dictates what collectively grabs our attention as a society.
  • It’s time for AAK!!! The theme? Thanksgiving! Will the Lakers finish with more wins than guests at the Kamenetzky dinner table on Thursday? Do the K Bros partake in Black Friday?  Which of us is the bigger eater and the bigger drinker during the holiday? How much do Kobe Bryant’s teammates get to eat while celebrating with The Mamba?
  • Finally, a new segment called “Mitch Kupchak explains something.”

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: Kobe Bryant’s latest ETA, Magic Johnson’s criticisms, David Stern’s legacy, B-Movies

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Magic Johnson, Mitch Kupchak | 6 comments

The Lakers continue to lose. Kobe Bryant continues to watch games while donning black suits. Magic Johnson continues to lobby his dissatisfaction with the team. Chris Kaman continues to sit on the bench angrily growing out his beard. It’s like the movie “Groundhog Day,” except considerably less funny and the day begins with I Got a Feeling” instead of “I Got You, Babe.”

You know things have gotten bad when Cher is the preferable option.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module and below is a list of talking points. Among the highlights:

  • We take a look at the latest headlines. LaLa Anthony thinks ‘Melo will stay in New York and denies HoneyNutCheerios-Gate ever happened. Do we believe her on either count? The Memphis Grizzlies are back in the Western Conference playoff conversation. At the halfway point, who would we vote for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, etc.?
  • Tuesday, President Obama addressed the State of the Union. Wednesday, we address the state of the Lakers. And unless he’s a diehard Celtics fan, both assessments will make John Boehner frown. As is typically the case, fans have a bone to pick with Mike D’Antoni over this mess, and the Complaint Du Jour is Ryan Kelly getting minutes at the expense of either Jordan Hill or Kaman (and their presumed extra rebounds) How much does this affect wins and losses, and does it even matter, considering this season is clearly lost?
  • A reexamination of Kobe Bryant’s knee has revealed more swelling, placing him on the shelf until, realistically speaking, late February or early March at the earliest. Assuming Bryant does take the court this season, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak will get a very small sample size by which to evaluate where he stands as a player. How much will this affect the front office’s decisions this summer?
  • Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Magic Johnson is publicly criticizing Jim Buss and D’Antoni. We ponder Magic’s endgame with these constant critiques, and how damaging his words could be to the organization moving forward.
  • Dr. Buss’ birthday as Tuesday, and it’s been nearly a year since his death. We examine the state of the franchise specifically through the prism of his absence.
  • On Saturday, David Stern will step down after 30 years as NBA Commissioner. How will his tenure be remembered?
  • It’s time for some AAK!!! We make Super Bowl predictions and name our favorite B-Movies.
  • Unrelated to the show (but still important), I wanted to give a heads up that we’ll be appearing again periodically on ESPNLA 710 radio. Check our twitter feed (@kambrothers) to stay in the loop.

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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Why firing Mike D’Antoni right now is a terrible idea

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Uncategorized | 12 comments

With one game remaining before 2013 ends, the Lakers are currently riding a five-game losing streak, the two most recent losses coming against the Jazz and Sixers, who both became nine-win teams as a result. The Lakers have also lost seven of their last ten games, perhaps a sign this once plucky squad is crashing down to Earth. And the Lakers are nothing if not a franchise with a demanding fan base, meaning such developments aren’t received like water on a duck’s back. Particularly when the Lakers are coached by Mike D’Antoni, who’s been exceptionally unpopular since the moment he had the nerve not to be Phil Jackson he was hired. Thus, after Sunday’s loss to Philly, our Twitter timeline was flooded with cries to fire “Pringles” ASAP.

Such a reaction is completely predictable.

It would also be a terrible idea.

Whenever possible, teams look to avoid firing coaches midseason. It creates the appearance of instability, of a franchise spinning out of control. When that midseason firing comes directly on the heels of another midseason firing, and paired with the death of quite possibly the greatest owner in professional sports history, it’s an even worse look. This scenario should be avoided unless a high-end roster is being blatantly mismanaged or a bubbling sense of urgency leaves the front office with no outs.

For the time being, it’s exceptionally difficult to argue the Lakers have reached this point on either count.

To begin, what exactly has D’Antoni done to merit being fired right now? Really, truly, what? With all hands on deck, the Lakers are a fringe playoff team in a loaded Western Conference, and that’s being optimistic. Beyond Kobe Bryant and (on his best days) Pau Gasol, the roster at FULL STRENGTH is composed entirely of players best suited as players off the bench. Some might only play 10-15 minutes a night on a good team. Others might not even make a good team. On the Lakers, they’re being asked to start or make major contributions as reserves. Even more so now, since half the roster apparently shares the same disease as Samuel L. Jackson’s character in “Unbreakable.”

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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?

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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…

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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