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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.

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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.

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the show via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Land O'Lakers Podcast: Kobe Bryant's health, Potential starting 5's, Jim Buss and free agency 2014, "Ask a Kamenetzky!"

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash | 6 comments

For mere mortals, it ain't easy coming up with hot talk during the offseason. For the K Bros, it's just another day in the studio. Or as we call the studio, “Andy's House.” Below is a list of talking points:

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Land O'Lakers Podcast: Metta World Peace departs, free agents arrive, and more

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Metta World Peace, Opinion, Podcast | 5 comments

The Dwight Howard dust has settled, at least a little, over the last week or so, but news keeps rolling in for the Lakers.  And as long as it does, we”ll keep rolling out podcasts. The high points of our newest episode, or so we hope:

  • Metta World Peace is now a New York Knickerbocker, signed to a free agent deal following the end of an eventful (and ultimately positive) run in L.A.. Any surprise the Lakers let him go? What exactly did the Lakers lose when making the decision to amnesty him?
  • MWP is gone, but the Lakers have made three (ok, technically, two) additions over the last few days, on top of last week”s agreement with free agent center Chris Kaman (our thoughts on him, if you missed them, can be found around the 34-minute mark of our previous show). We break down the positives and negatives of Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, and the expected-to-be-signed former Laker Jordan Farmar.
  • Howard is officially in Houston, and already looks more comfortable. AK takes a look at his first post-signing comments as a Rocket.
  • Speaking of centers on the move, Andrew Bynum and Mike Brown are going to be re-united in Cleveland. Because that worked out so well the first time around. We know Brown”s a mensch. Any shot Bynum just doesn”t remember Brown was his coach before?
  • We open the Twitter mailbag for a host of non-hoops related questions, from the proper time to shave one”s head to movies we admit enjoying only with a sense of shame to something about “real vs. fake booty.”

Finally,  and future NBA-themed adult film star actors.

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