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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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Luke Walton Recovers, Tea Leaf Emergency, Kobe’s Oscar nod, and Three Billboards Backlash

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

Man alive, it’s been a busy week. The Lakers, left for dead a couple weeks ago, have now won seven of their last nine games heading out on the road for a five-game trip. All without the previously indispensable Lonzo Ball…

So what accounts for the change?

We break down the regained consistency on defense, and look at the role Luke Walton played in bringing the team back from a darker place. Does this streak after that streak help validate his growth as a coach? What about the bouncebacks from Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, and Julius Randle?

From there, we get into Kobe Bryant’s fairly remarkable Oscar nomination for “Dear Basketball.” Anyone out there still think he’ll have trouble adjusting to life after the NBA? What about this year’s “backlash” film? Last year, it was “La La Land.” This year, it’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But for completely different reasons. Is the backlash deserved? How does the criticism fit into the larger movement for diversity in Hollywood?

All of that, plus a lesson on when jokes… just. don’t. land.

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Lee Jenkins on Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, and More!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

He’s the best in the business, and now he’s on our show. Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated joins us to talk about his new feature on Dwight Howard — well worth the read — including a dive into Howard’s time in L.A., and how his insecurity fits a larger theme we’re seeing more of in the NBA (see Durant, Kevin). From there, we kick around the future of next summer’s star free agents like LeBron James, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook. Plus, along with his thoughts on Lonzo Ball and whether anything the media or his dad can conjure might trip him up this year.

Jenkins is always insightful and thought provoking, and this conversation is no different.

Enjoy!

 

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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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