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Cancel the League, Golden State Is Too Good!

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

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

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

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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