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Ranking “Untouchableness” plus Julius Randle and Solo!

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

An unusual amount of Lakers related stuff to discuss, considering the time of year. L.A. isn’t in the playoffs, and the Draft is still a few weeks away. Yet…

Julius Randle’s free agency was in the news this week, as his agent Aaron Mintz questioned the value he has in the eyes of the front office. Is Randle really a priority? We discuss.

From there, we use other comments from Rob Pelinka about summer plans for reshaping the roster in concert with this week’s All-Rookie Team announcement to look at the five members of the team’s young core (for our purposes: Ingram, Lonzo, Kuzma, Randle, Hart). If we had to rank them in order of “untouchableness,” who is most touchable, and who is the least?

We finish with a look at “Solo,” and the Star Wars franchise more broadly. How many good movies are there, really? Are there any one-offs we’d like to see? Why is it so hard to make a good “new” Star Wars?

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The 2017-18 Lakers Season Reviewed, and Previewing the Playoffs

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion |

Another year down, and another in the recent run of playoff-free seasons for the purple and gold. That said, was this a successful season for the Lakers? On the one hand, there was a nine-game improvement from last year to this one, which is nothing to sneeze at particularly given the injuries. But what about the young guys? The front office?  Did the Lakers turn the tide on a negative national narrative surrounding the team?

We discuss.

From there, we kick around two significant Kobe anniversaries that came this week — first, five years from the Achilles tear, and two from the 60-point effort capping off his career.

Finally, it’s NBA Playoffs time! We talk about the most intriguing storylines, and make some bold — BOLD!!! – predictions.

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Brandon Ingram Shelved, Kobe’s (Awkward) Oscar, and The Dude Turns 20

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

The Lakers have been among the best teams in the NBA since early January, but — and stop us if this sounds familiar — the injury bug threatens to derail the momentum. Josh Hart is already sidelined (likely) for the year after hand surgery, and now Brandon Ingram will miss at least the rest of this week with a hip injury. Could be more, because nobody wants to mess with a hip.

What will it mean for the Lakers, big picture and little alike?

From there, we get into Kobe’s Oscar win. On the one hand, Kobe won an Oscar! Pretty impressive, without question.  On the other, in the wake of Me Too and Time’s Up, it has brought up tough questions about Colorado that had generally been left alone for a few years. How do we talk about Kobe and those allegations in today’s context? Not just with Kobe, but others facing similar accusations, whether from years ago or more recently? There are, to say the least, no easy answers.

Kevin Love opened up about anxiety and mental illness for The Players Tribune, becoming the latest athlete to speak openly on the subject. It’s an important trend not just for de-stigmatizing mental illness, but for pushing up against some of the more traditional, and toxic, constructs of masculinity.

Finally, The Big Lebowski turns 20 this week. We celebrate the milestone.

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Are the Lakers Legit? Lonzo’s Return, and Soup Tossing

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So the Lakers have won four straight out of the break, and are 16-7 since early January, when they ended the nine-game losing streak. That’s good for the third best record in the NBA. So are the Lakers legit now, and what does that mean for the rebuild? The argument for letting what they have grow is gaining momentum.

We discuss.

From there, we break down Josh Hart’s injury, Lonzo’s return to the lineup, and Julius Randle’s attempt to make it impossible for the Lakers to let him go. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith was suspended by the Cavs for throwing soup. BUT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND, which is a massive failure of journalism.

Finally, a statue for the newest former Laker, Corey Brewer!

 

 

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Missing Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma’s Wall, and … Anthony Davis?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

This week in Lakerland, we learned once again what we knew last week, namely that the Lakers just aren’t as interesting, nor competitive, without Lonzo Ball. And it’s not even close. And as Lonzo starts to put together more solid games, the statistical contributions he’s making as a rookie are becoming more clear. We discuss, with data!

As Lonzo rises, Kyle Kuzma could be hitting the proverbial wall. His efficiency has declined month to month this season, and since Christmas has bottomed out. So what’s going on there, and how fast might it change? What does the bump in Kuzma’s road say about Julius Randle’s value? How will the Lakers deal with Randle at the deadline?

It’s one of a few trade related questions we ask, including this one: Would you trade the farm — Lonzo, Brandon Ingram, Kuzma, Randle — for Anthony Davis? We break it down both the micro (Does Davis get hurt too much? Do you know free agents would follow) and macro (Do you do whatever it takes to acquire a player you know is transcendent, even if it means taking on serious risk?

And finally… THE STATUE GAME IS BACK! In honor of the Lakers signing Gary Payton II, we give out a Lakers statue to the original.

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