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82 Games of Fun With LeBron, plus Melo, LaVar and the Queen of Soul

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

It’s been a couple weeks, so apologies.

In this episode, we break down the schedule and all it means for the different forecasts currently bouncing around the NBA universe. There’s a reason predictions on the Lakers seem to be all over the map. From there, how do the Lakers plan to control minutes for LeBron James? Do they? What does that look like?

LaVar Ball was back in the news. Sort of. Are we finally passing through Peak LaVar, and coming out the other side? What would that mean for this year’s Lakers team?

Finally, it’s the legacy of Carmelo Anthony, as he moves to Houston, and remembering the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

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Kawhi Leonard Gets Traded… To Toronto

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

Well, the Kawhi Leonard deal is done, and he’s heading north. Very north. About as far from Los Angeles as Gregg Popovich could send him, really. The Toronto Raptors took this year’s version of the OKC gamble, shipping DeMar DeRozan and stuff to San Antonio for the disgruntled star. So will it work out as well for Masai Ujiri as it did for Sam Presti? Did the odds of Leonard coming to L.A. next summer go up or down with the deal?

To get some insight, we spoke with Eric Koreen, who covers the Raptors for The Athletic.

From there, we officially wrapped up L.A.’s Summer League effort, focusing on Josh Hart and what his performance might mean for the Lakers if it transfers to the regular season. (Spoiler alert: It’s, like, super helpful on a lot of levels.)

Finally, we look back at “The Dark Knight,” 10 years after its release. Super producer and ESPNLA’s resident nerd Adam Braunstein sits in.

 

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The Lakers Have a Team

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

More or less, at least. A week or so after signing LeBron James, L.A. has filled in some holes, and have done so with an eye to keeping people like us talking. So where have the Lakers done well? Did the botch the Julius Randle situation? What about Rajon Rondo?

From there, we talk about the possibility of Carmelo Anthony… and why we both hope in the end, there isn’t one. It’s not a good idea. But who could the Lakers sign to fill out the roster?

Where do the Lakers stand in a crazy competitive Western Conference?

And finally… the JBA signs LiAngelo Ball, announcing it with arguably the worst press release ever written.

 

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Cancel the League, Golden State Is Too Good!

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

It’s the first week without NBA basketball until the fall, and it came quickly given Golden State’s thrashing of Cleveland in the Finals. We break down that brief series, then break into the key questions coming after. Things like:

  • Is there anything Cleveland could have done differently? (No.)
  • What does the rest of the league do about Golden State?
  • What are the vulnerabilities in the Golden State empire? What eventually stops the run?

We get into Kevin Durant, and his post-Finals comments to Yahoo!, Joe Lacob’s words to ESPN, and then, of course, spin it all into how it impacts this offseason. Which, as always, starts with LeBron James. How does the sweep impact his decision this summer. If he comes to L.A., how will he ultimately be regarded by fans here? Because no mistake, The LeBron James Thing this offseason is a different thing than anything the Lakers have undertaken. Even in their universe of purple and gold stars, his arrival here would mean something different for the franchise and fans alike.

Finally, a quick conversation about the death of Anthony Bourdain.

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Ranking “Untouchableness” plus Julius Randle and Solo!

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

An unusual amount of Lakers related stuff to discuss, considering the time of year. L.A. isn’t in the playoffs, and the Draft is still a few weeks away. Yet…

Julius Randle’s free agency was in the news this week, as his agent Aaron Mintz questioned the value he has in the eyes of the front office. Is Randle really a priority? We discuss.

From there, we use other comments from Rob Pelinka about summer plans for reshaping the roster in concert with this week’s All-Rookie Team announcement to look at the five members of the team’s young core (for our purposes: Ingram, Lonzo, Kuzma, Randle, Hart). If we had to rank them in order of “untouchableness,” who is most touchable, and who is the least?

We finish with a look at “Solo,” and the Star Wars franchise more broadly. How many good movies are there, really? Are there any one-offs we’d like to see? Why is it so hard to make a good “new” Star Wars?

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