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Podcast! Trade deadline reaction

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Lakers News, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Podcast | 4 comments

So Thursday noon has come and gone, and what did we learn? The trade deadline is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Full disclosure: The first sentence is totally original, but most of that next part was borrowed from Macbeth. Still, it’s nonetheless fair to say Trade Deadline 2014! was a relative bust, without a whole lot of action locally or across the Association. The Lakers made their move Wednesday night, sending Steve Blake to Golden State for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. The day’s big blockbuster (relatively speaking) involved sending a B-ish player (Evan Turner) to Indiana for a once-pretty awesome wing (Danny Granger). The move could absolutely impact this year’s title chase, but overall the day was defined by Twitter waiting around for something cool to happen.

But good news! In this case, “nothing” means something. Thursday was still important for the Lakers, for different reasons. Click on the module to listen, navigating with the helpful list of talking points below…

  • Breaking down the Blake deal. Did the Lakers get anything they might be able to use going forward?
  • Thursday, Mitch Kupchak said they don’t consider the repeater tax to be a big issue. Is he being genuine? Should the Lakers be more concerned?
  • Do the Lakers overvalue their own guys? Do they know how to operate from anything but a position of great strength?
  • No first rounders and few second rounders changed hands Thursday. Stars, or the closest thing this market had to offer, generally stayed put. What does this say about today’s NBA, and how does that impact the way in which the Lakers will have to rebuild?
  • Evaluating the more significant deals. Blake to Golden State, Turner to Indy, and…, mostly that.

Finally, does the methodical, unhurried nature of Mitch Kupchak’s speaking style hurt the Lakers as the deadline gets down to the final moments? We investigate.

Ultimately, the Lakers are today more or less what they were on Tuesday, a disappointing development for those (understandably) hoping they’d be able to pick up some assets. Back to the drawing board.

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Podcast! Pau stays, Shawne goes, Kobe’s All-Star plans, phobias, and a new role for Jim Buss?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Mike D'Antoni, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash | 1 comment

I won’t lie. These are difficult times for the Lakers. The future, whether for Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, or the franchise as a whole, is uncertain at best. Fans are growing restless. And the losses continue to pile up. Were it not for this podcast, the season would be downright unbearable.http://content.blubrry.com/kambrothers/Land_O_Lakers_1.8_2.0.mp3

You’re welcome.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module and a list of talking points can be seen below.

  • We take a look at the latest headlines. J.R. Smith and Shoelace-Gate. (In related news, the Knicks are now shopping Swish.) Ray Allen and Spike Lee are mulling a “He Got Game” sequel. The Clippers are reportedly considering Sasha Vujacic and Hedo Turkoglu as new roster additions. After a very productive stint with the Bulls, Andrew Bynum is on the verge of becoming a free agent.
  • Pau Gasol survived yet another round of trade rumors, this time a deal that would have sent him to Cleveland (for Bynum) in little more than a salary dump. The Lakers held out for a bigger haul. Did they overplay their hand?
  • With his contract on the verge of becoming fully guaranteed, the Lakers opted to waive Shawne Williams. We take a look at his brief time as a Laker.
  • If Kobe was back on the court just barely before the All-Star Game, would the league actually force him to participate?
  • We introduce a new segment called “Indefensible Positions,” where we each attempt to make a case for absurd scenarios involving the Lakers.
  • It’s time for AAK!!! What are our strangest phobias? What musical artist would we most like to record with? Which current or former Laker would we send to North Korea with Dennis Rodman?

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Podcast! Injured point guards, Pau Gasol on the block, exotic pets, glazed donut faces

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kendall Marshall, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Mike D'Antoni, Podcast | 1 comment

Friday’s win over Utah notwithstanding, these are indeed dark days of late for the Lakers. Point guards are dropping like flies. Pau Gasol’s future is yet again unstable. Mike D’Antoni remains unpopular as ever. And relief doesn’t appear anywhere on the horizon. Thankfully, there is a certain podcast to get fans through these tough times, the same one that got everyone through the Kwame-Smush era.
We’re here for you, people!

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

  • We take a look at the latest headlines. Stan Van Gundy refers to the Nets as a “bush league” operation. ‘Melo creates an awesome insult. J.R. Smith reacts to the Knicks cutting his brother. Andre Miller and Brian Shaw aren’t besties.
  • To say the least, the Lakers have encountered a rocky patch. Does January present potential relief, or add depth to the rabbit hole?
  • The Lakers’ list of healthy point guards now begins and ends with Kendall Marshall, and the effect of so few available 1′s has been devastating on several counts.
  • With the team skidding, we’ve heard cries from fans that Mike D’Antoni should be shown the door ASAP. As I explained in a recent post, that would be a terrible idea.
  • Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Pau Gasol is again involved in trade rumors, this time in exchange for a certain-to-be-waived Andrew Bynum, huge financial savings and (maybe) a young player or a pick. Would this be a good deal for the Lakers? What does it say about Gasol’s trade value? Big picture, have the last three seasons, and this one particularly, forever tainted Pau’s purple and gold legacy?
  • It’s time for AAK!!! Which Laker, former or current, would be the best sitcom star? Would we rather be an ugly millionaire or a poor, handsome ladies man? Which exotic pet would either of us purchase? Why is Kareem never mentioned as the GOAT?

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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Podcast! D’Antoni’s rotations, Nash’s health, Kobe’s latest avatar, and Rob Ford jokes!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, Pau Gasol, Rob Ford, Steve Blake, Steve Nash | 1 comment

With the season underway, we discuss the .500-ish Lakers and what has been learned about this team after a handful of games. Listen to us while you can before BK breaks up the band for his impending high profile showbiz gig! Among your high points…

  • In case you hadn’t heard (and at least one of our Tweeps figured we hadn’t), Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has recently dabbled with crack.
  • We take a run through the latest headlines. Among other bold predictions, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein predicts Lamar Odom will reenter the NBA this season. What to make of the report that Andrew Bynum is again experiencing pain? Russell Westbrook returns to action ahead of schedule. Kobe plays more mind games through Twitter!
  • As we recorded, the Lakers were still 2-2 before Tuesday’s loss in Dallas. We convey our general impressions. Have there been any surprises?
  • There have been grumblings from fans and even players about Mike D’Antoni’s rotation. In particular, Jordan Hill’s inconsistent playing time is a sticking point. Are these complaints valid? What are the complicating factors?
  • Steve Nash, to put it kindly, has looked neither good nor healthy in his second season as a Laker. Is there reason to maintain hope for a turnaround? Are fans being overly harsh towards him?
  • While in L.A. to face the Clippers, Dwight Howard says he still talks to a few ex-Laker teammates, but none named “Kobe” or “Bryant.” Did anybody on the planet actually think those two would remain in touch? In the meantime, the now-Rocket center emerged a unifying force between both sides of the crosstown rivalry.
  • Time for some AAK!!! Which NBA player (current or former) would each of us choose to hang out with for a day? What is the worst legitimately popular TV show currently on air? What are our thoughts on the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin-Miami Dolphins mess? What’s the worst injury — and backhanded compliment — either of us has suffered?

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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