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Lakers Draft Brandon Ingram, Introduce Luke Walton

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Luke Walton, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

It was a busy week in El Segundo!

Thursday, the Lakers did the expected, drafting Croatian center Ivica Zubac with the 32nd pick … and also Duke’s Brandon Ingram at #2. No big blockbusters for the purple and gold, who for the time being at least seem willing to let the young fellas grow. We break it down, along with the big deal of the day which sent Serge Ibaka to Orlando. What does that mean for Kevin Durant (and by extension, the Thunder, and by extension, the Lakers)?

From there, we talk Luke Walton, who was introduced earlier this week following Golden State’s Game 7 loss in the Finals. What were the standout moments in his first press conference as the coach of the Lakers?

All that and … well, mostly just that. But isn’t that enough?

 

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Podcast!!! Byron, Jim, Jeanie, and Mitch get ranked, Durant and Westbrook’s future, NFL and domestic violence, and “Final Four” badasses

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

We’re back!

It’s a busy hour-plus, starting with a less-than-stellar evaluation of the Lakers’ front office, including hoops execs, ownership, and head coach. Do the Lakers deserve the scorn of ESPN’s Forecast rankings? From there, it’s a look around the league, a check on two of the NFL’s more notorious names, big TV news, and AAK!

Among the talking points…

  • LeBron James isn’t just one of the NBA’s great leaders… he’s among the best in the world, according to Fortune.
  • Durant and Westbrook. One out for the year, one putting up MVP numbers. What does this mean for OKC, and maybe the Lakers?
  • After seventeen years and zero requests, NBC is bringing back the sitcom “Coach.” You’re asking “Why?” So are we.
  • Our “Person of Interest” is dubiously shared this show by Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald, two NFL players mired in domestic violence
  • AAK! Final four themed.  “Final Four” cinematic badasses. “Final Four” actors. (And even with all my honorable mentions, AK managed to forget Bill Murray on that list, for which he’ll never forgive himself.)  “Final Four” condiments. “Final Four” non-family member ‘Simpsons’ characters.
  • Recommended listening includes three Marc Maron podcasts, and a Sam Simon/Barack Obama interview. And here’s a link to our ESPN podcast with actor Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “Desperado,” “Heat”), in which we cover his incredible career, prison boxing, general badassery, and so much more.
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Podcast! Phil Jackson is gone… so what now?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Jordan Farmar, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson | 5 comments

It’s not necessarily that a ton of things have happened in the land o’ Lakers since we last recorded the Land O’Lakers podcast, just that the thing that did go down was a doozie.

Jordan Hill missed the team picture.

That, and Phil Jackson took a pretty plum gig with the Knicks. (Do I really need to add a link-to-the-news, here? If PJ-to-NY is information you haven’t yet heard, I suspect you’re here on accident.) And fair to say, the average Lakers fan reacted with a combination of anger, fear, and… no, anger and fear pretty much covers it. No surprise, it was the major topic of conversation for the newest show, which can be heard by clicking the module above (or the link below). A list of the major talking points…

  • Before the main course, some passed apps in the form of headlines. Deadspin takes over the Hawks’ Twitter feed, more examples of people not understanding how social media works, new Commish Adam Silver says jersey ads are coming sooner rather than later.
  • With Phil gone, what happens now? Can Jim Buss perform well enough to shift the narrative on him? Can the narrative even be shifted?
  • What about Kobe Bryant? How will he handle what could be a tough 2014-15 season, and who knows what after that? How much do his complaints really matter?
  • We play “Should the Lakers Keep This Guy Next Season?” Let’s spin the wheel with Jordan Farmar.
  • It’s time for some AAK!!! Better starring duo for a buddy cop movie: The K bros or the Sklar Bros? Is the world actually a sphere? Who wins between Andy and Brian in a fist fight?

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope 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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Interview with legendary trainer Tim Grover: Thoughts on Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade and success

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Kobe Bryant, Lakers interview |

For legendary trainer Tim Grover, who's worked with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade, there are three kinds of people in the world: “Coolers,” “Closers,” and “Cleaners.” Assuming you're up to the task, Grover highly recommends becoming a Cleaner, which is the ultimate path to success and exceeding even your wildest ambitions. Of course, being a Cleaner is no walk in the park. The approach requires one to attack goals with an unstoppable desire, act decisively upon instinct and embrace rather than deny your dark side. It is intense, exhausting and often alienating. But Grover swears by the results, and his clients' track record is the proof in the pudding.

Grover shares the secrets to becoming a Cleaner in his new book, “Relentless: From Good To Great To Unstoppable.” We spoke at length with Grover last week about his unique approach, Kobe, MJ, and the mindset of ruthlessly competitive athletes. (It should be noted the interview was conducted before Kobe's season ending Achilles injury. For some perspective from Grover on Bryant's situation, check out this column from ESPNLA.com's Ramona Shelburne.)

Kamenetzky Brothers: How would you explain the concept of being a Cleaner?

Tim Grover: A Cleaner is an individual that sets the standards for excellence. It's not just in basketball. It's not just in sports. It's whatever aspect of life you do. Bus driver. Radio host. CEO of a company. They're doing what they do. It's not about the money. It's not about an ego trip. it's about the end result and trying to be and achieving the best results that you can possibly in whatever you decide to do with it.

It's pretty much a one-track mind focused in on one thing and one thing only. You can't be a Cleaner in multiple things. You have to find that one thing, because when you do that, there are a lot of other things that are going to have to take a backseat. A Cleaner is an individual, they know exactly who they are. They're not trying to be somebody that the media's trying to make them. They're not worrying about trying to make friends with different individuals.

They just push themselves when everybody else has stopped. A Cleaner constantly keeps pushing himself, pushing himself, pushing himself, to try to attain that goal that he set for himself.

Kamenetzky Brothers: How difficult is it to turn on and off that mindset?

Tim Grover: It's extremely difficult, because you basically have to be able to control both sides. The more things that you have to control, the harder it is as an individual. But they take that control and use it to put themselves in the zone and when you're in the zone, nothing else really matters. Zone is all about instincts. It's not about how you feel. It's not about how you think. It's completely the opposite. There is no feeling. There is no thinking. When the person goes from one individual to what I call “the zone state,” they're not worrying about anything else at that particular time. They're not even thinking about it.”

Kamenetzky Brothers: The book examines how players react differently to external pressures and obstacles. You mentioned how Gilbert Arenas changed his personality after the gun incident and Tiger Woods publicly apologized after his scandal, and yet both still struggled. Conversely, Kobe blocked out his legal situation in Colorado and played some of the best basketball of his career. Why is he able to do this while others can't?

Tim Grover: Because Kobe and Michael had the ability not to think of external things. When they stepped between the lines, it was like, “This is my safe haven. No one can touch me here. Nothing's gonna happen. All that other stuff, once the whistle is blowing and I step across that line again, it's still gonna be there, so I can't let the other stuff affect me and the end result of what I do. I'm focused in on thing. I play basketball. This is what I do. I can't let that other stuff distract me from doing this.”

It's the ability to shut it all down, not from a physical standpoint, but from a mental standpoint.

Kamenetzky Brothers: You mentioned that commonality between Kobe and Jordan, and Kobe's obviously spent his entire career being compared to him. From your experience, in what ways are they actually different?

Tim Grover: The biggest difference is Kobe wants to know why we're doing certain things. He wants to know the reason for it, why, what's happening, and so forth. Michael said, “Just get it done. I'm playing basketball. This is what I do. This is what you do. I don't need to know. I'm not interested in any of this stuff here. This is why I hired you, so I can stay focused on what I need to do.”

Kobe wants to more of the details. Why am I eating this? Why am I doing this at this particular time? What is going on here? Here's very attuned to this stuff.

But I think the thing they both have in common, and the reason I call them both Cleaners, when a Cleaner screws up, he admits it. He says, “Hey, I screwed up!” I try to tell people, if you mess something up, just say, “Hey, I messed up or I effed up.” That's the end of the conversation. If you try to go into this long thing about explaining things, now you're starting to show a sign of weakness. You just own up to your mistakes.

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Podcast: Mike D'Antoni's rotation, Dwight Howard's evolution, tanking, twins, and more

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Mike D'Antoni, Opinion, Podcast | 6 comments

The Lakers have three days between games following Monday”s fatigue-laden smackdown in the desert at the hands of Phoenix. Three days to think about what must change going forward, but even better, three days to enjoy the newest Kamenetzky Brothers Land O”Lakers Podcast!

Here”s your rundown…

  • Again down Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers rolled with seven players both Sunday at home against the Kings, then again in Phoenix. Mike D”Antoni said before game his plan was, knowing the team had time off coming, , and not dust off anyone from deeper down on the bench. Obviously it didn”t work, because the Lakers were completely gassed, and the signs were there early. What did we think of his strategy?
  • What are the larger implications of playing the last two games as D”Antoni chose to do? How legitimate are other criticisms of his work this season?
  • As the OC Register”s Kevin Ding noted Tuesday morning, Dwight Howard has fired his longtime business manager (and first cousin) Kevin Samples. (Samples will remain Howard”s first cousin.) Good move or bad?
  • Facebook Mailbag! Should the Lakers try to play their way to a specific first round opponent? Why doesn”t Hack-a-Howard happen more often? Can the Heat break the 33-game win streak set by the “71-”72 Lakers?

All that, plus Brian”s fear of adult twins!

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