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The 2017-18 Lakers Season Reviewed, and Previewing the Playoffs

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion | 0 comments

Another year down, and another in the recent run of playoff-free seasons for the purple and gold. That said, was this a successful season for the Lakers? On the one hand, there was a nine-game improvement from last year to this one, which is nothing to sneeze at particularly given the injuries. But what about the young guys? The front office?  Did the Lakers turn the tide on a negative national narrative surrounding the team?

We discuss.

From there, we kick around two significant Kobe anniversaries that came this week — first, five years from the Achilles tear, and two from the 60-point effort capping off his career.

Finally, it’s NBA Playoffs time! We talk about the most intriguing storylines, and make some bold — BOLD!!! – predictions.

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Brandon Ingram Shelved, Kobe’s (Awkward) Oscar, and The Dude Turns 20

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

The Lakers have been among the best teams in the NBA since early January, but — and stop us if this sounds familiar — the injury bug threatens to derail the momentum. Josh Hart is already sidelined (likely) for the year after hand surgery, and now Brandon Ingram will miss at least the rest of this week with a hip injury. Could be more, because nobody wants to mess with a hip.

What will it mean for the Lakers, big picture and little alike?

From there, we get into Kobe’s Oscar win. On the one hand, Kobe won an Oscar! Pretty impressive, without question.  On the other, in the wake of Me Too and Time’s Up, it has brought up tough questions about Colorado that had generally been left alone for a few years. How do we talk about Kobe and those allegations in today’s context? Not just with Kobe, but others facing similar accusations, whether from years ago or more recently? There are, to say the least, no easy answers.

Kevin Love opened up about anxiety and mental illness for The Players Tribune, becoming the latest athlete to speak openly on the subject. It’s an important trend not just for de-stigmatizing mental illness, but for pushing up against some of the more traditional, and toxic, constructs of masculinity.

Finally, The Big Lebowski turns 20 this week. We celebrate the milestone.

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New Days for the Lakers, Melo in OKC, and Protesting Players?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion |

It’s here! The season is here!

For starters, there really is a brand new feel to things in El Segundo, as the Lakers opened up their new facility earlier this week. It’s swanky. So things kicked off as they have in recent seasons, with an emphasis on D. Can the Lakers fix it? Is the best path to doing so… on offense? What about Jordan Clarkson’s 6MOY prospects… or even his prospects of staying on the team all season. Finally, Larry Nance is a confident man, these days. What does that mean?

Nationally, Carmelo is a Thunder. (This is why teams should end in s.) Wade is a Cav. What does this mean for them, and more importantly, for the Lakers and their Summer of ’18? Finally, what will the NBA look like this season from a social justice standpoint? Do the NFL-style protests continue on the hardwood?

 

 

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TamperGate ends, Lonzo’s #NBARank, Kobe Bryant’s Jerseys and More!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So lose to the start of the year, with Media Day on September 25. But that doesn’t we have to wait. Behold… podcast!

We start on the end of TamperGate. How did things turn out for the Lakers? Fair or unfair? And what did Magic say about it on First Take this week? Moving on, we kick around Lonzo Ball’s #NBA Rank (and a similar exercise from Sports Illustrated). What does it mean that he’s already showing up on lists like these? Anyone from the Lakers seem under-appreciated? After that, we talk about Kobe’s jersey retirement ceremony, now officially set for December 18th.

And finally, we wrap with a lively discussion of the best song/movie combo from the 1980s.

 

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Lonzo Ball vs. ?, Golden State vs. Everyone, Jerry West vs. the Lakers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Magic Johnson, Opinion, Podcast | 2 comments

Those are the big themes this week, with the Finals complete and the Draft a week away.

We start on the Finals, and the fallout from Golden State’s dominant win over Cleveland, despite a historic performance from LeBron James and excellent work from Kyrie Irving. They, like the rest of the league, weren’t close. So what does that mean for the NBA, and specifically rebuilding teams like the Lakers?

From there, we look at the Draft. Plenty of smoke out there indicating the Lakers could pass on Lonzo Ball for Josh Jackson. Should they? What about a trade?

Finally, The Logo is back in Los Angeles, but (at least in the minds of many Lakers fans) working for the wrong squad. How upset should Lakers fans be?

And a reminder — we’ll be hosting ESPNLA’s post-Draft coverage from the facility in El Segundo on Thursday night, starting at 7 pm and running until we’re done. Given how much could be going on that night, we could be in for a long, intriguing show! Hope you can tune in.

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