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Cancel the League, Golden State Is Too Good!

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

It’s the first week without NBA basketball until the fall, and it came quickly given Golden State’s thrashing of Cleveland in the Finals. We break down that brief series, then break into the key questions coming after. Things like:

  • Is there anything Cleveland could have done differently? (No.)
  • What does the rest of the league do about Golden State?
  • What are the vulnerabilities in the Golden State empire? What eventually stops the run?

We get into Kevin Durant, and his post-Finals comments to Yahoo!, Joe Lacob’s words to ESPN, and then, of course, spin it all into how it impacts this offseason. Which, as always, starts with LeBron James. How does the sweep impact his decision this summer. If he comes to L.A., how will he ultimately be regarded by fans here? Because no mistake, The LeBron James Thing this offseason is a different thing than anything the Lakers have undertaken. Even in their universe of purple and gold stars, his arrival here would mean something different for the franchise and fans alike.

Finally, a quick conversation about the death of Anthony Bourdain.

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Watch The NBA Finals, Comment Via Your Burner Twitter Account

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, LeBron James, Opinion, Podcast |

So… The Finals! It’s the matchup everyone expected. Any reason to believe it won’t end the way everyone expects? Do the Cavs have any real chance to pull the upset? And by that, we mean, “Does LeBron James have any real chance to pull the upset?” More intriguing than projecting the champion is trying to figure out how the results impact the offseason. What does it mean that Houston lost? Is LeBron more likely to stay in Cleveland if the Cavs win or lose? Does it even matter?

And the big news of the week — The Ringer’s feature on Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo and five very suspicious Twitter accounts — has an impact as well. Philadelphia was, at least by one oddsmaker’s account, the clubhouse leader for LeBron’s services this offseason. Are they still? Is it really that weird that Colangelo might have been essentially adopting alter egos to defend his work. And if it wasn’t him (or his wife) who is the incredibly dedicated Colangelo hater that made all this happen?

From Colangelo, we move to LiAngelo. Ball. And his workout this week in El Segundo. Does this mean the Lakers are caving to LaVar?

Finally, it’s the Twitter Mailbag!

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Playoffs, Baby! Gearing Up For a Crazy Summer

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Opinion, Podcast |

The Conference Finals are here, and in some ways are more interesting thanks to what happens after them, rather than during. What if Houston, now tied 1-1, goes down quickly from here on? What if the Celtics beat the Cavs (as we both think will happen)? Does that mean LeBron is gone? To Houston? To L.A. ? Could Boston, stacked with too many good players, trade Kyrie?

And what about that Houston/GSW series? Did “adjustments” happen? Or did Houston just do Houston stuff better? Are there any adjustments good enough to get Cleveland through to the Finals?

We kick around all this, plus talk a little Boogie Cousins. Is he doing this free agency thing right?

 

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Lonzo Ball vs. ?, Golden State vs. Everyone, Jerry West vs. the Lakers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Magic Johnson, Opinion, Podcast | 2 comments

Those are the big themes this week, with the Finals complete and the Draft a week away.

We start on the Finals, and the fallout from Golden State’s dominant win over Cleveland, despite a historic performance from LeBron James and excellent work from Kyrie Irving. They, like the rest of the league, weren’t close. So what does that mean for the NBA, and specifically rebuilding teams like the Lakers?

From there, we look at the Draft. Plenty of smoke out there indicating the Lakers could pass on Lonzo Ball for Josh Jackson. Should they? What about a trade?

Finally, The Logo is back in Los Angeles, but (at least in the minds of many Lakers fans) working for the wrong squad. How upset should Lakers fans be?

And a reminder — we’ll be hosting ESPNLA’s post-Draft coverage from the facility in El Segundo on Thursday night, starting at 7 pm and running until we’re done. Given how much could be going on that night, we could be in for a long, intriguing show! Hope you can tune in.

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PODCAST! The NBA draft, coaching carousel, Kevin Love, Caitlyn Jenner, NBA Finals

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Byron Scott, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

It’s been a while, but we’re back in front of the podcast microphones! The NBA draft is a few weeks away, prospects are visiting El Segundo, and the 2014-2015 season is four-seven games away from crowning a champion. (Spoiler alert! It won’t be the Lakers.)

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

  • OUR TOP STORY: The Lakers own the second overall pick, which provides them a lot of options. They can select a big. They can select a guard. They can select a Porzingas. They can trade the pick. What’s the best route moving foward?
  • HEADLINES: Lot o’ coaching hires and fires of late. What to make of Scott Skiles, Alvin Gentry and Fred Hoiberg joining, respectively, Orlando, New Orleans and Chicago, along with the Bulls’ dismissal of Tom Thibodeau? And should the Lakers make a play for the newly unemployed Thibs?
  • OUR ALMOST TOP STORY: For the first time in eons, Kevin Love addressed the media since injuring his shoulder. Amid constant speculation about an impending departure from Cleveland, the power forward maintained his company line of remaining a Cavalier next season. Is he relaying sincere thoughts, or proactively putting an exit strategy in motion?
  • PERSON OF INTEREST: Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, is the cover story of the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, and will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month’s ESPY’s. Both developments, along with Jenner’s very public transgender story, have raised awareness of transgender issues, but the ensuing discussion is inevitably complex, and for many, inevitably confusing.
  • OUR ALMOST, ALMOST TOP STORY: The NBA Finals are two days away from commencing! The Golden State Warriors are rightly the heavy favorite, but the Cavs have LeBron, which makes all bets feel off. Could LBJ actually lead an upset for the ages?

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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