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Land O'Lakers Podcast: Back-to-back titles for Miami and LeBron James, 2014 title odds, P-Jax the consultant

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson, Podcast |

p>The 2012-2013 season, she is now officially 24 hours in the books… meaning we should waste no time in analyzing the 2013-2014 season! We take a look at what just went down, what lies ahead, and where the Lakers fit in. Among the talking points:

  • , the Miami Heat successfully defended their title and LeBron James led the charge in spectacular fashion. (37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, dagger J with under a minute remaining.) Does back-to-back titles mean the Heat roster, periodically vulnerable throughout the postseason, will require no tweaks for a Threepeat? Will LBJ”s now-iconic Game 6 and 7 showings silence once and for all those still questioning whether he”s “clutch?”
  • Was this the last realistic shot at a championship for the Duncan/Parker/Pop-era Spurs?
  • Vegas has the Heat as a 2-1 favorite to win the 2014 title, with the Lakers at 22-1, and squads like the Pacers, Clippers and Rockets in between. Sound about right, degenerate gamblers?
  • Phil Jackson is serving as a quasi-consultant of sorts for the Lakers? Can he and Jim Buss maintain a copacetic relationship? Is The Zen Master actually ideal for such a role?

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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Why Dwight Howard should see "This is the End."

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, This is the End | 1 comment

Last weekend, I saw “This is the End,” the new movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson. All playing themselves, the six attend a party at Franco’s opulent Hollywood home — filled with recognizable faces like Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segal — when the apocalypse arrives. For all intents and purposes, this sextet are the lone survivors left to fend off Armageddon… and often each other. Negotiating the end of the world brings out the worst in everybody above the title, and that self-centered behavior is displayed with a winking nod to each actor’s public image.

Franco eggs on a tabloid culture that’s painted him as a pretentious, artsy douche who may be in the closet. McBride presents himself as a somewhat better-spoken version of his “Kenny Powers” character. Hill is so relentlessly and condescendingly nice, Baruchel (self-righteously “anti-industry,” but also jealous of everyone’s more successful careers) eventually decks him. Rogen is a useless, selfish pothead. The flaky Robinson reacts to danger with a girly scream.

Audiences will hypothesize how closely the film versions of every actor who appears match reality — save perhaps Michael Cera, who by all accounts is nothing like the dude who spends his final hours snorting coke and slapping Rihanna’s ass — but that’s both beside the point and the point. A movie like “T.I.T.E.” can only be made if the participants are secure with that inevitability. Clearly, this cast ain’t losing sleep. The goal is to get laughs. And while the last 20-ish minutes are uneven, the movie is often hysterical because of everybody’s willingness to don a “kick me” sign.

Watching the film, out of nowhere, Dwight Howard popped into my head. Given how the center is at forefront of damn near every NBA conversation, particularly in Los Angeles, a day without Howard on the brain is unfortunately a rare luxury. But this was different. Seeing these actors mock themselves, it dawned on me how Dwight, despite his reputation as someone who “never stops joking around,” seems the least likely person on Earth to participate in a project like “T.I.T.E”

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Podcast: Is L.A. what’s best for Dwight Howard? Phil Jackson’s book, plus an update on Bieber’s monkey!

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May 22, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash | 1 comment

It’s still early in the process, but the Dwight Howard News Machine is already heating up. First, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports the Lakers are hardly a lock to re-sign Howard, and that sources indicate Houston is an intriguing possibility. Meanwhile, ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin reports Howard expressed frustration regarding Mike D’Antoni at his exit interview meeting with GM Mitch Kupchak, saying D’Antoni didn’t take seriously Howard’s attempts at leadership.

And it’s there where we start the newest edition of the Kamenetzky Brothers Land O’Lakers Podcast.

Among the high points:

  • What do this week’s reports on Howard mean? When you put the Lakers and Rockets side-by-side, which franchise makes more sense for Howard? 
  • The Lakers, and Los Angeles as well, have always been perceived as a team/city no player could walk away from, especially factoring the potential for a bigger paycheck. Is that still true?
  • Phil Jackson’s “11 Rings” dropped (as the kids say) Tuesday. We look at the more publicized talking points — Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan, for example — along with Kobe’s response to Phil’s words.
  • Andy takes a deeper look at what he felt was the most under-reported revelation in Jackson’s last book, “The Last Season,” and how P-Jax brought more clarity to his position in the new screed.
  • CELEBRITY MONKEY UPDATE: We know you’ve been waiting for a conclusion to the gripping tale of Mally, Justin Bieber’s capuchin monkey who has, kind of like a tiny, simian version of Tom Hanks in The Terminal, spent the last six weeks in the custody of German customs officials. We bring you the latest.
  • Finally, Vin Diesel is saying stupid things, leading to a conversation about the most craptastic movies of all time. Does the “Fast and the Furious” franchise qualify?

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: 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: Lakers rising (?), Dwight returns to Orlando, Kobe for MVP?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Podcast | 3 comments

It's taken over six months to say without relying on forced optimism, but things are actually looking kinda good for the Lakers. After Sunday's win over the Chicago Bulls, they're two games above .500 for the first time this season, and half a game ahead of a reeling Utah Jazz squad for the Western Conference's eighth playoff seed. Not to say every issue's been indisputably solved, but with the rest of March relatively low on difficult games, it does feel like the wind is at the Lakers' back.

Just one of the issues we discuss in this week's Land O'Lakers podcast. Others include:

  • As recently as February 28, BK and (especially) yours truly were skeptical about the odds of a playoff berth. Suddenly, a postseason appearance feels less farfetched. Will the Lakers remain part of the top eight and how high can they potentially rise? It depends on whether the showing against Chicago is “exception” or “rule.”
  • BK and I climb on our soapbox to chastise the media for (what we hope is) its willful ignorance about why Dwight Howard won't verbally commit long-term to the Lakers before this summer. The reasons, several of which I laid out back in August, are incredibly obvious to anybody giving the matter even the slightest bit of thought.
  • Speaking of Howard, on Tuesday he'll play his first game against Orlando as a member of any team but the Magic. From an emotional standpoint, it will be tough. How will the center hold up and how important is it to get some closure?
  • Addressing a question from a recent “Land O'Lakers Mailbag,” does Kobe Bryant have any shot at MVP, given his pivotal role in the Lakers' recent surge? His play has been good enough to merit discussion, and writers often vote — right or wrong — based on narrative. Safe to say, should the Lakers qualify for the postseason, Kobe's fueled one helluva storyline. Would that be enough?
  • Do not ask Metta World Peace to be your Disney World tour guide.
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