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Magic Johnson is Large and In Charge

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 2 comments

So, what’s new with you?

Really? That’s it? Wow, the Lakers have had a much busier week. Magic Johnson is officially in charge of basketball operations. Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss are out. Rob Pelinka is (almost) in. And the new crew is already making deals! What do we make of the Lou Williams trade? We break it all down in an action packed 40 minutes of nothing but talking.

 

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Training Camp Opens, “The Luke Walton Effect,” and gefilte fish

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Byron Scott, Jeanie Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Luke Walton, Opinion, Podcast |

The NBA is officially underway! The Lakers, while enjoying all camp has to offer — canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, orienteering, and trying to make out with the counselors at the girls camp across the lake — are also very clearly enjoying the first days of the Luke Walton era. Like, a lot. Which isn’t to say they didn’t enjoy last season’s circus in the same way… except it kinda is.

Hopefully it lasts a while, but for the time being the players who were here last season, particularly the young ‘uns, and particularly D’Angelo Russell, have clearly taken a shine to the new regime.

We break down all the big stories from the early days of training camp, including (but not limited to)…

  • Evidence a genuine culture has the chance to take root this year.
  • How feeling empowered by his coaching staff could help Russell on the floor.
  • Why Kobe needed to retire for Walton’s approach to work.
  • The Jim Buss Timeline: Mitch Kupchak says he’s really not aware of it. Land O’Lakers Factcheckers rate that a full four Paul Pierce Wheelchairs on the lie scale. Still, while it seems reasonable to believe the Lakers won’t make the Western Conference Finals (don’t shoot the messenger), what happens to Jim Buss if the Lakers show legitimate improvement, over the course of the year? Any shot he stays? And if Jim goes, does Mitch go, too?
  • Gefilte fish.
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Howard Beck on Kobe Bryant, Remembering Prince

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

Thursday was a tough one for music fans across the globe, with the death of Prince. He was 57, and leaves behind a legacy in music and performance matched by few artists, if any.

It was in the shadow of that news we went into the studio, and while the agenda changed pretty considerably, there was still plenty of good conversation on what became a day of remembrances, albeit very different ones. We started by welcoming the great Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, who covered Kobe Bryant for the L.A. Daily News from the time he was drafted through the end of the Shaq/Kobe era. With Howard’s help, we look at the guy all of us have spent so much of our professional lives talking and writing about. Then, what’s next for the Lakers, and how does Kobe’s legend impact the answer?

From there, Andy and I talk about the influence Prince had on us, why we loved the music, and why it’s so difficult to digest the news that he’s gone.

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D’Angelo Russell steps in it, Hassan Whiteside’s future

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Nick Young, Opinion | 1 comment

The Lakers have had an interesting week, to say the least. To the point that Kobe Bryant’s final game, now less than two weeks away, was pushed off the front burner.

In this installment of the show, we break down D’Angelo Russell’s big mistake. What happened, and more importantly, what happens next?

Plus, all the headlines around the NBA, including rumors linking Hassan Whiteside to the Lakers, and his reaction to them. Is he a good fit for the purple and gold this summer? In other news, Yao Ming is heading to the Hall of Fame, the Pelicans ask for — then receive — input from genuine practitioners of voodoo, and Vlade Divac has an extension with the Kings.

We dive back into the secret audio of that first LaMarcus Aldridge pitch meeting, give Karl Malone a statue, and answer your pressing questions in a fresh installment of AAK! All in all, it’s enough to vault you happily into the weekend.

 

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Development vs. Winning, Drafting Kobe, Vlade’s Statue, and Kanye’s Condor

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio |

The Lakers nearly picked up a win Sunday against New York … but would it have been worth it? Once again, Byron Scott’s priorities are a topic of conversation. Is he chasing wins at the expense of development? After L.A.’s kiddie corps watched the fourth quarter against the Knicks in favor of Lou Williams, Marcelo Huertas, and Brandon Bass, many were asking the question.

So we did, too. What’s the balance between one game and season long progress?

From there, we have an excerpt from our interview with Jonathan Abrams, formerly of Grantland, and the Times NY and LA about his new book, Boys to Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution. The full conversation comes next week, but here he talks about 1996, and how Kobe got to Los Angeles.

All that, plus the news of the day (including Kanye’s offer to re-design Chuck the Condor, ostensibly in some sort of neutral colored post-apocalyptic theme), our Lakers Statue segment (featuring Vlade Divac!) and secret audio from the first LaMarcus Aldridge pitch meeting.

It’s a doozy!

 

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