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The Lakers Go Big at the Trade Deadline

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

For all the buildup around the Lakers, when the NBA’s trade deadline actually arrived, things looked awfully quiet in El Segundo… until things weren’t.

The purple and gold were front and center in the day’s biggest deal, sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to Cleveland in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and Cleveland’s first round pick in the 2018 Draft. As far as deals go, this qualifies as a BFD, not so much for what it does this season, but the way in which it clears a path for the Lakers going forward. By moving Clarkson and Nance for two expiring deals, L.A. has the ability to open up enough cap space this summer for two max free agents. Or they could roll that money over to the summer of 2019. Or they could make trades, short term deals netting them longer term assets, or really anything they want.

In the words of Rob Pelinka, the Lakers can choose whatever path they want, and in an NBA where cap space is hard to come by, operate in a position of power. What will they do? We discuss.

From there, we talk about how the new guys might fit in. Will Thomas recover from a disastrous tenure in Cleveland? What does this mean for Josh Hart, especially when Lonzo Ball comes back? As for the league at large, did the Cavs do enough to keep LeBron around, or did they just make it that much easier for the Lakers to poach him this summer?

All that, and… well, not more. Just that. But that’s a lot, right?

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Podcast! The Lakers land at #2… so it’s Lonzo Ball, right?

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast |

The basketball gods have smiled on the Lakers.

Or, perhaps more likely (if you think like we do), the NBA finally finished making good on “basketball reasons,” keeping the Lakers in the 2017 Draft and finally closing the book on a sordid chapter in league history.

So what do the Lakers do? Take Lonzo Ball? Trade the pick? Keep Lonzo, and trade other stuff? No matter what, the Lakers have options, and averted a disaster that would have lengthened the rebuild by at least a couple seasons, likely more.

So much to discuss…

 

 

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The Playoffs, Paul George, Pelinka and Prince

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Opinion, Podcast | 2 comments

That’s basically the agenda for Friday’s show. The playoffs are playing out in such a way that fans hoping for Paul George-to-LA can’t be anything but hopeful. Meanwhile, the front office in full sale mode, not of players but of themselves. We review some of Rob Pelinka’s most revealing comments from exit interviews, along with the thoroughly modern way in which the sale is being executed.

Things are different in El Segundo, that’s for sure.

We talk about that stuff, plus the leadership qualities (developing or otherwise) for D’Angelo Russell, and finally commemorate the 1-year anniversary of Prince’s death with an exercise that reveals how incredible quality of his catalog.

 

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Jordan Clarkson 2.0, Russell the Leader, and KD’s Bum Knee

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So about five minutes after we finished recording today, the news broke about the newest kerfuffle between Jim and Jeanie Buss, meaning we didn’t cover it in this show. Fortunately, there’s plenty of reason to believe this won’t be the only opportunity. (And if it is, all the better for the Lakers.)

So what was on the agenda? Glad you asked!

  • Lou Williams is gone, meaning Jordan Clarkson has an opportunity to be more the guy he was as a rookie. Earlier this week, Luke Walton broke down where he thinks Clarkson’s game is going, and how he can get there. We opine.
  • The Lakers are looking for leadership, specifically in the fourth quarter. Who’s gonna deliver? Well, it probably has to be D’Angelo Russell, given the construction of the roster. So is he up for it? What will it take to make Russell the leader L.A. is searching for? We opine.
  • Kevin Durant is down, and likely out for the regular season. What does that mean for the Western Conference playoff race? We (wait for it…) opine. Plus, Cleveland has added some talent, and the Knicks are back to relying on “proven shot-maker” Sasha Vujacic.
  • Finally, we look back at the career of Bill Paxton, who died unexpectedly last week at 61.
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Has D’Angelo Russell Lost John Q. Lakers Fan?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

We’re back, and on today’s show are talkin’…

  • …the worst loss in Lakers history, at least if you measure by points.
  • …how LA’s cold streak since that 10-10 start impacts Jeanie Buss and the big decisions on basketball ops staring her in the face.
  • …whether the average Lakers fan is still fully on board with D’Angelo Russell. Because man alive, he’s a lightning rod.

And finally, why are NBA coaches so comfortable talking politics?

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