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Luke Walton Recovers, Tea Leaf Emergency, Kobe’s Oscar nod, and Three Billboards Backlash

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

Man alive, it’s been a busy week. The Lakers, left for dead a couple weeks ago, have now won seven of their last nine games heading out on the road for a five-game trip. All without the previously indispensable Lonzo Ball…

So what accounts for the change?

We break down the regained consistency on defense, and look at the role Luke Walton played in bringing the team back from a darker place. Does this streak after that streak help validate his growth as a coach? What about the bouncebacks from Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, and Julius Randle?

From there, we get into Kobe Bryant’s fairly remarkable Oscar nomination for “Dear Basketball.” Anyone out there still think he’ll have trouble adjusting to life after the NBA? What about this year’s “backlash” film? Last year, it was “La La Land.” This year, it’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But for completely different reasons. Is the backlash deserved? How does the criticism fit into the larger movement for diversity in Hollywood?

All of that, plus a lesson on when jokes… just. don’t. land.

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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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Are the Lakers Tampering? Plus, Big Trades, and a Statue? Yessir!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

Big news this week… The Lakers are under investigation!

The Indiana Pacers are salty about Paul George’s departure, and believe the Lakers may have had something to do with it. Their midwestern sensibilities ruffled, Indiana demanded the league launch an investigation. We ask the big questions (starting with, “Did they do it?” moving to “Can they prove it?” and finishing with “Should tampering even matter?”). From there, it’s a breakdown of this week’s blockbuster sending Kyrie Irving to Boston. Who got what they needed from this, and how does it impact the Lakers?

Finally, with tampering in the news, we give a statue (sort of) to the guy at the center of the NBA’s last major tampering scandal… Joe Smith! Yes, the same Joe Smith who played 12 games with the Lakers in 2010-11, and averaged a robust 0.5 ppg.

Because in our world, every Laker gets a statue.

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Podcast: Schedules, Expectations, Political Athletes, and VH1

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

This week…

The Lakers schedule is out. What’s interesting? Start with the national TV schedule, for one. So how does all that air time impact Lonzo Ball’s ROY hopes, and how do Lonzo Ball’s ROY hopes impact the Lakers 2018 plan? From there, we look at D’Angelo Russell’s recent comments about the trade, and a big week for basketball players getting political with Kevin Durant and LeBron James both weighing in on the President.

And from there, we go deep into great teen movies, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of VH1′s “Behind the Music.”

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