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PODCAST! LA’s front office rank, D’Antoni and/or Meeks returning (?) , Kobe and Trayvon Martin, facts about 1960

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in ESPN, Jeanie Buss, Jim Buss, Jodie Meeks, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers history, Mike D'Antoni, Opinion |

The good news? The Lakers entered Friday’s action with only seven games remaining before the season mercifully comes to an end. The bad news? It’s not six.

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

  • We take a look at the latest headlines. Phil Jackson says CAA ties won’t influence him as Knicks Prez. Dick Bavetta has set a seriously amaze-balls new record! Will Jabari stay in school? Are the Lakers really the NBA’s 16th best front office?
  • Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding says the Lakers might not show Mike D’Antoni the door this offseason. Don’t kill the messengers, by the way. We’re just the guys discussing the potential reasons why.
  • We play another episode of “Should The Lakers Bring Back This Guy,” with Jodie Meeks as the latest contestant.
  • As of this recording, the Lakers have exactly 50 losses, which ties the second-highest total in franchise history, set in 1960 when the team was still housed in Minneapolis! To illustrate just how long it’s been since the Lakers sat on 50 losses, I quiz Brian on his knowledge of 1960, and offer some fun facts about 1960! (FYI: The all-time mark for losses is 52 during the 1975 season, which means an “All About 1975!” segment is waiting in the wings.)
  • We discuss Kobe Bryant’s comments in the New Yorker regarding black causes and Trayvon Martin, along with the way stories like these are covered in the world of 24/7 news and social media.

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: Lamar Odom, Michael Beasley, new faces(?), Kobe’s rehab, hangover cures and tacos

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Podcast |

Before we know it, training camp will be upon us and a new season will be underway. Until then, a handful of recent developments, one of which pains us to talk about, unavoidable as the topic may be.

The podcast can be heard by clicking on the module above, and a list of talking points is below:

  • We discuss Lamar Odom’s sad situation, the tragedies he’s endured amidst professional triumphs, and wish him the best moving forward.
  • Many Laker fans have expressed interest in signing the recently released Michael Beasley on the cheap. Is this really a good idea?
  • What are the odds that the partially guaranteed contracts of Shawne Williams and Xavier Henry get paid in full? How well would either player fit in with the Lakers?
  • How does a man as accomplished (and philanthropic) as Pau Gasol fail in his bid to secure Madrid as the site for the 2020 Olympics? We explain.
  • Does Kobe Bryant have an ulterior motive for keeping the public so in the loop about his Achilles tendon rehab?
  • It’s time for “AAK!!!” Just like we asked Flea in a recent podcast, who would be our ultimate All-Lakers pickup squad? What’s the ultimate hangover cure? Which NFL squad that finished last in their division during the 2012 season has the best chance of making the 2013 playoffs?
  • Tragedy in Portland. How pissed would Staples Center patrons be if the Lakers and Jack in the Box ended the in-game “two free tacos” promotion?

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: Flea on the Lakers, Kobe, Magic, music, and The Big Lebowski

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Flea, Houston Rockets, Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Podcast | 5 comments

After three-plus decades as the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which launched a career resulting in Grammys, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors and oodles of albums sold, Flea is a man who requires no introduction to anybody remotely familiar with music since the early 80′s. (To wit, when I told Mom about this show, she responded, “Oh… I know who that is.”) Similarly, after countless appearances in the stands cheering on his beloved Los Angeles Lakers — plus, the song “Magic Johnson,” which appeared on 1989′s “Mother’s Milk” — no introduction is needed for Flea as a man who bleeds purple and gold. With the possible exception of Jack Nicholson or Dyan Cannon, it’s hard to argue any celebrity has earned more stripes as a Lakers fan. We’ve been hoping to get Flea on the show for a few years, and at long last the holiday weekend presented an opening. We spoke for almost 45 minutes, covering everything from basketball to music to his role in “The Big Lebowski.” Here are a couple of excerpts, the first in which Flea describes the commonality between sports and music:

“I love to play sports. I’ve played sports my whole life. I play sports constantly. And it’s all very similar to music. It’s the same thing to me. Especially basketball. The communal effort. The solo effort. The supportive part of it. When it’s time to play a role, when it’s time to take over and go up front. All of that stuff. The telepathic improvisational aspect of it is something I really relate to as an artist in a creative way. When someone like Kobe’s in the zone and absolutely unconscious and going off, it’s that thing. The same thing as a musician. When you’re able to get your mind out of the way and let go and just try to channel something beautiful and be a vehicle for this uplifting energy, you’re in the zone. You’re letting go. You’re not thinking.

“And I think that’s what all human beings in one way or another, whether you’re a garbage man or a poet, when you’re in the act of doing something and you’re completely in the moment and free of what people think or even you think, that’s when you’re living to your highest potential. So I really relate to that in sports because it’s so evident when it’s really happening.”

Later, Flea mentioned how Kobe’s reminds him in certain ways of longtime RHCP guitarist John Frusciante. When I noted how Frusciante always seemed to me less comfortable with fame than Kobe, Flea didn’t completely agree.

“That’s true, but I’ve never seen Kobe being entirely comfortable with fame, either. It’s funny. Kobe has this reputation for being arrogant or cold, and I never feel that from Kobe. I feel him being, and it’s changed, too, as time has gone by, but until the last few years, I’ve felt he was just kind of a geeky guy, you know? Just sort of, not a savant, but kind of just someone who works so hard on basketball that he’s not a socially skilled guy. But he never made me feel like he was arrogant or cold. It just sort of felt like he didn’t feel comfortable or know how to really relate to people or make them feel warm in the context of an interview. Whereas other players can really have that political skill of saying the right thing on the microphone and making you feel good, but I think they’re completely full of shit, like they’re being politicians. Well, I never felt that with Kobe. I think he just says what he thinks. But I think as time has gone by he has been able to make people feel better when he does interviews because he’s grown more comfortable over time with just being natural.”

Not that Flea takes issue with any lack of social skills, by the way.

“Ultimately, I don’t care about the social skills. To me, actually, being uncomfortable socially is kind of charming to me. So it never really bothered. But I really respect craftsmanship and people who take their craft seriously and do their best. I think that Kobe has been unfairly and really misunderstood as being a selfish person. I don’t see it as being selfish to be as great as you can be. I think ultimately it’s giving the greatest gift.”

The show can be heard by clicking on the module above. Below is a list of talking points.

  • Flea describes the difficulty and heartache of last season, a campaign he considers among the worst in franchise history.
  • Stars, they’re just like us! The overwhelming majority of Lakers fans are neither famous nor fans of Mike D’Antoni. Flea may be a rock star, but along these particular lines, consider him Joe Q. Public.
  • For that matter, the bassist ain’t exactly choked up over Dwight Howard’s departure, either. He doesn’t deny D12′s talent or even the void that will be felt in his absence, but as a die-hard Laker fan, Howard’s lack of commitment and respect towards the franchise is a deal-breaker.
  • Flea is, however, a huge admirer of Kobe, and for several different reasons.
  • Flea shares the process of recording “Magic Johnson” and explains why the legendary point guard means so much to him on a professional and, especially, personal level.
  • The first time I ever saw the Chili Peppers perform was in 1989 on “Night Music With David Sanborn.” We recall the wild performance, highlighted by Flea’s pants made out of stuffed animals (!), and learn the sad fate of said pants made out of stuffed animals.
  • What would Flea in his 20′s think of Flea at age 50?
  • Is there a commonality between what the Buss children are dealing with while trying to move the Lakers forward after the death of Dr. Jerry Buss and what the Chili Peppers faced after the death of Hillel Slovak in 1988?
  • Flea describes working with a marmot in “The Big Lebowski,” the vibe on a Coen Brothers set, and why he exposed so much ass crack in the bowling alley scene.
  • We asked Flea to pick a fantasy all-Lakers squad to join him in a 5-on-5 pickup game. His answer will surprise you, because it ended up surprising him.

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: Lakers schedule breakdown, the reception for Dwight and Bynum, NBA headlines, AAK!!!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Dwyane Wade, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Podcast | 1 comment

Holy crap! A week steeped — by offseason standards, if nothing else — in actual news. The Lakers even have a schedule! Damn right we fired up the microphones and scheduled a session at “Studio Kamenetzky!” We can’t waste an opportunity like this in August. The show can be heard by clicking on the module below and at the bottom of the page. Here is a breakdown of talking points.

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Land O’Lakers Podcast: Mitch Kupchak drops hints about the future, secret tanking?, and more

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Lakers Analysis, Mailbag, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Podcast, Steve Blake | 2 comments

Another week, another stoking of the Kamenetzky Brothers Podcasting Machine, a smoke-spewing testament to the ingenuity of man. (The machine, not the podcast.) Among the high points of this week’s show:

  • We use a solid question via Facebook from Phil Loos to launch into a conversation about Mitch Kupchak’s conversation with Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times. Kupchak says the team is playing to win. Is he telling the truth? Ought they embrace the tank? From there, we break down some revealing comments Kupchak made about the summer of 2014, and how the Lakers might approach free agency. Comments that should make Lakers fans feel good.
  • Elias Harris!
  • It looks like Lamar Odom won’t be coming to L.A. At this point, it’s reasonable to wonder where he’ll end up this season, if anywhere. Could he go from Sixth Man of the Year in April of 2011 to out of the league in the fall of 2013?
  • Ask a Kamenetzky! What sport is best for non-sports fans to pick up in efforts to conform to societal norms? Should Lakers fans ignore Lakers-hating Bill Simmons? This weird-ass question, and a referendum on Kate Upton dance moves.

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