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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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Paul George, Luke Walton One Year(ish) Later, and Lithuanian Hip Hop

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So Paul George visits Staples Center Wednesday night with the Thunder… what are the odds he’ll be visiting all the time next year as a member of the Lakers? His comments this week didn’t end the speculation, and meanwhile Russell Westbrook says they’ll make a hard sell in Oklahoma City by winning a championship. So where does it all go?

From there, we look at some informal Twitter polling data on confidence in Luke Walton and new Lakers management. Are fans getting impatient with Walton? Do they still believe in Magic and Pelinka? Where has each done well, and where have they stumbled?

Finally, there’s a nice young lady in Lithuania who, with some help from Kendrick Lamar, would like to welcome the Ball Brothers to her home nation.

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Are the Lakers Good Yet? Plus Tom Petty and the R’n'R HOF

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So three preseason games in, are the 2017-18 Lakers good yet? No? Why not? We discuss. From there, what are the most interesting parts of the annual NBA GM Survey? Where does Lonzo Ball fit into it all? And are the Lakers going a little overboard fueling the Lonzo Hype Machine? Finally (on the basketball end of things, at least) Luke Walton dropped some serious hints as to what type of year he thinks this is for his developing group. We decode.

In non-sports news, the death of Tom Petty was (rightly and understandably) overshadowed by the horrendous violence in Las Vegas, but worth some reflection. And as we do every year, it’s time to break down this year’s nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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How Good Is the Young Core (Compared To All the Others)?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 3 comments

The big question facing the Lakers as the season winds down (other than those related to lottery odds) centers around the young core, and determining where the Lakers need to go from here. How good are these guys, exactly? How do they compare with other young cores around the league? The answer goes a long way to determining just how far the Lakers need to go, given all the teams they need to jump to reach the top — or even the semi-top — of the Western Conference.

It was a theme running through a few big picture NBA features this week, whether talking about the best of the worst teams in the Association, or how re-do’s of the last two Drafts might look.

All that, plus big headlines (KD returning, Cleveland bickering) and a Hallmark Christmas Quiz.

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Early Season Surprises, and “The Walking Dead”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

So in this episode, we talk about early season surprises for the Lakers. We also talk about “The Walking Dead.”

And the best news for Lakers fans? The two conversations are totally unrelated! What a nice change from the last couple seasons!

We kick things off with a Warriors-themed news segment, talking about LeBron’s Halloween troll, K.D.’s continuing need to explain his relationship with Russ, and Damian Lillard’s assessment of Golden State’s defense sans Andrew Bogut. From there, it’s into the early part of the Lakers season. All in all, very encouraging… and keep in mind we recorded before Wednesday’s win in Atlanta. Is Julius Randle’s hot start sustainable? Does Nick Young stay in the starting lineup? What looks different about the team at large? Can Luol Deng gain some consistency?

Finally, we bring back AAK! Ask a Kamenetzky. This week’s theme? “The Walking Dead.”

As always, thanks for listening.

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