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PODCAST!!! Rajon Rondo, LeBron v. Riles, Late Night TV, Tebow, and Pop loves BK

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Jeanie Buss, Jeremy Lin, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kevin Ollie, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Mitch Kupchak, Podcast, San Antonio Spurs | 1 comment

It’s been a while, but we’re back! The Lakers’ season is mercifully over and a (thus far) very fun playoffs are NBA underway. For the time being, ain’t much to talk about in Laker Land, but that won’t stop us from talking. The show can be heard by clicking on the module and a list of talking points can be found below. Among the highlights:

  • Our top story: Rajon Rondo’s disastrous stint in Dallas has now culminated in a “back injury” that’s all but officially ended his time as a Maverick. This fiasco comes on the heels of a steady decline in health, production and reputation. But in the eyes of some Lakers fans, that just makes the point guard a cost-effective free agent and inevitable redemption story ripe for the plucking. We explain why this is a terrible idea.
  • We take a stroll through the biggest NBA headlines. Does the Clippers’ Game 2 collapse reflect a doomed playoff run, even if they manage to take out the Spurs? Pat Riley throws shade at LeBron. Scott Brooks is out in OKC.
  • Our Not Sports Story: We examine the state of late night TV with David Letterman and Jon Stewart on the verge of exiting, and industry folks criticizing the medium’s new Fallon-ized direction.
  • Our Person of Interest: Tim Tebow is back, baby! What’s in store for the polarizing quarterback should he stick with the Eagles, and why does such a seemingly nice guy divide people so much in the first place?
  • AAK!!! What movie are we most looking forward to seeing the sequel? Can Gregg Popovich’s compliment to BK possibly be topped? What is each K Bros’ go-to lunch of choice?
  • Recommended Listening: Radiolab’s fascinating and highly entertaining look at the modern day relevance of the novel Don Quixote.

 

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Podcast! 2014-15 NBA and Lakers Season Preview!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Mitch Kupchak, Nick Young, Opinion |

And so it begins!

All that was the preseason is gone, all that will be the regular season lay before us, kicking off Tuesday at Staples when the Lakers face Donatas Motiejunas (and Dwight Howard) and the Houston Rockets. What will the 2014-15 campaign bring, both in L.A. and across the Association? We break it down in our Big Season Preview, while also tackling a few important Lakers-related issues along the way.

Among the talking points:

  • Headlines! Slow going on contract negotiations for Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard. NBA owners reject lottery reform. Where do the Lakers land on SI.com’s entertainment index?
  • The end of Steve Nash.
  • Preseason wrap up. Where did the Lakers look encouraging, where were they discouraging, and can anyone around here play point guard for more than 20 minutes without hurting himself?
  • Jeanie Buss defends Kobe and the franchise.
  • 2014-15 NBA and Lakers Season Preview. Who wins the East? The West? The Larry O? All the major awards, plus over/under predictions on Lakers victories, MPG and games played for Kobe Bryant.
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Mark Cuban's quest is a cautionary tale for the Lakers

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Lakers Analysis | 12 comments

This week, Dallas owner Mark Cuban, after spending the last couple seasons executing a strategy to make Dwight Howard a Maverick, said his franchise is actually better off without him. By not landing this summer's big free agent prize, the logic goes, Dallas was instead able to sign a whole raft of dudes, including Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalmebert, and Devin Harris.

This, of course, is total horsepucky. No GM on the planet would trade that package of players for Howard. Like any guy who took a crack at the prom queen and failed, Cuban is saying whatever soothes his ego/fanbase.

And who can blame him for being sensitive? He wasn't just jilted by Howard. After making the difficult (and correct) decision to not to lock into a roster fresh off a title in order to maintain the flexibility required to win another, Cuban made a push for Deron Williams. No go. He made a push for Howard. No go. He hoped Chris Paul might be an option, but that never got off the ground.

So instead, this year, says Cuban, becomes the first of a two-year plan to rebuild Dallas once again into a title team. The Mavs didn't blow their future by signing Calderon and Ellis. They'll likely have legitimate cap space after next season, and can take another crack at a much ballyhooed (though colossally overrated) group of free agents. If they don't get what they want, Cuban will just add another year to his timeline.

But Lakers fans snarking at Cuban's disappointment and pretzel logic might want to hold off, because there are too many similarities between the Mavs and Lakers to dismiss. The Lakers, like Dallas, have a still-excellent-but-aging star, an appealing market, and ownership willing to spend. They've also tried to rebuild without tearing things down to the studs, an extremely difficult needle to thread in the NBA. They are aiming for a free agency fueled rebuild, rather than building through the draft.

Want to argue that L.A. is a more appealing destination? Fine. In some ways it is. In others, not.

But in all ways, Cuban's difficulty landing the big fish serves as a cautionary tale for the Lakers — owners of only two first round picks in the next four NBA Drafts — reinforcing the challenges inherent in constructing a squad using the open market as the primary roster-stocking tool.*

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Podcast: Questions surrounding Dwight Howard, poor Disney World ethics, sleepover crime

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash | 2 comments

Similar to how this Lakers offseason will be dominated by Dwight Howard chatter, so is the new podcast. Among the talking points:

  • Throughout this season, we've consistently stated the opinion Howard will ultimately re-sign with the Lakers. One rumor-swirled month removed from his exit interview, has anything shifted? What criteria would swing Howard's decision one way or the other?
  • While Howard struggles to make up his mind are a running punchline, it doesn't change the fact that, in my opinion, the guy genuinely has no idea, beyond the purely conceptual, what he wants. And while Lakers fans may consider indecisiveness towards wearing purple and gold to be basketball sacrilege, there are legitimate reasons Howard wouldn't consider staying in L.A. a no-brainer.
  • On the flip side, is locking up Howard an automatic no-brainer for the Lakers? Can Howard serve as a franchise cornerstone?
  • How badly would the Lakers be damaged if Dwight packed up his Superman cape and left town? We share the hidden upside to a straight rebuild, were the Lakers to begin construction ASAP.
  • We can all agree the Richie Rich-folks perpetrating this Disney World scheme are terrible, terrible people.
  • Our man Trevor Runyon had himself one helluva party while illegally camped out overnight in a convenience store. Were the K Bros to replicate this crime, what locale would each choose?

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

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Podcast: Kobe Bryant does the Lakers a solid, D'Antoni's future, Bieber's monkey and bad tattoos

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Mike D'Antoni, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Podcast | 3 comments

And down the stretch they come!

The Lakers picked up a big win Tuesday night against the Mavericks at Staples, effectively ending any realistic opportunity for Mark Cuban”s bunch to make the playoffs. Encouraging signs were abundant, including a triple double from Kobe Bryant, strong performances from Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, and the return, even if only for a night, of Earlsanity! Still, it wasn”t the evening”s most significant development, as we note in the newest Kamenetzky Brothers Land O”Lakers Podcast.

Among the high points…

  • It was great to see the team”s stars play at a high level Tuesday, but the big takeaway: More good defense. The Lakers played three good quarters in Sacramento Saturday on that end, and then shut down the Mavs. That”s seven consecutive quarters of solid defense, something that hasn”t been said much over the course of the season. What accounts for the improvements? Is it sustainable? (3:00) 
  • Tuesday was also Shaquille O”Neal Jersey Retirement Night. Thoughts and impressions on the event, and questions of why exactly the media keeps picking at the no-longer active Shaq/Kobe rivalry. (7:25) 
  • The “We want Phil!” chants were out in full force Tuesday, as Lakers fans got a taste of Phil Jackson when he spoke during Shaq”s jersey ceremony. Yet another example of how Mike D”Antoni has to coach in P.J.”s shadow. Is there any shot D”Antoni gets fired if the Lakers miss the playoffs? Should he? (11:05)
  • Kobe Bryant says he”ll decide this summer whether or not he”s coming back beyond the final year of his contract, or will hang “em up after the 2013-14 season. We discuss why providing clarity to the Lakers sooner rather than later is so significant. (14:30) 
  • Who is to blame when a big pop star can”t get his pet monkey through customs in Germany? (18:50)
  • Another quasi-pop star now has a tattoo of actor Ryan Gosling on his leg, . But more importantly, if we had to have a living celebrity”s face tattooed somewhere on our bodies, who would be the best choice, and who would be the worst? A segment in which I display the sort of poor judgment preventing me from getting any tattoos at all. (23:00) 

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here, and/or find us on TuneIn.com, as well.

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