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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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Land O’Lakers Podcast: Does D’Angelo lead? Is Phil a good idea? NBA players and bear fights!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Lakers Audio, Podcast, Uncategorized | 1 comment

We’re back!

We vowed not to podcast again until the Lakers earned their 12th victory of the 2015-16 season, and Tuesday, it happened! And we were so confident, we recorded before the purple and gold took the floor against the Nets.

On the agenda…

NBA News. Does Kyrie Irving really want out of Cleveland? Who loves Chuck the Condor? Is the Dirk Burger an appropriate culinary honor for Nowitzki? And how much has Phil Jackson actually helped the Knicks?

Lakers. Before D’Angelo Russell blew up for 39 Tuesday against Brooklyn, the big conversation of the week centered around his leadership skills. How good are they now? How good can they become?

We introduce the Lakers Statue Game. Everyone gets one, but where? And how big? This week, Nick Van Exel!

Finally, AAK! You ask a Kamenetzky, and we answer. Oscar talk — Did Spotlight deserve best picture? Which NBA player takes down the bear from The Revenant? And finally, choosing between Iron Maiden and Rush, in concert.

 

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PODCAST! The Lakers’ roster, Summer League, Cosby, Trump, summer movies and the sun!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Brandon Bass, Byron Scott, D'Angelo Russell, Jeanie Buss, Jim Buss, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Lou Williams, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Podcast, Roy Hibbert, The Fast and the Furious | 1 comment

The Lakers’ roster has taken shape, and the youngsters are in Vegas for some Summer League action. Before too long, the season will be upon us and for the first time since the “super-team” debacle, we could be treated to 82 games’ worth of genuine intrigue and stakes, even with the playoffs an unlikely destination. It would be a nice change of pace.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module and a list of talking points can be found below. Among the high points:

  • OUR TOP STORY: With Brandon Bass, Roy Hibbert, and Lou Williams now officially in the fold, the roster is more or less complete, save an unexpected turn of events. We share our thoughts on this year’s squad.
  • HEADLINES: With the free agency dust now settled, we examine the winners and losers of the offseason.
  • OUR ALMOST TOP STORY: Led by the trio of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson, this year’s summer league squad may be the most anticipated in Lakers history. Safe to say, they haven’t played up to the hype. In particular, Russell and Randle have periodically struggled. How concerned should fans be over this showing?
  • OUR NOT SPORTS STORIES: First, it’s been announced that Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, despite recent controversies, will not lose their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Plus, the sun is apparently about to run out. No. Seriously.
  • PERSON OF INTEREST: Or “persons,” more accurately. Batman and Superman, who’ll square off next summer in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The new trailer is out, and quite frankly, we don’t get it.
  • AAK!!! Keeping with the POI theme, we address a series of summer movie-themed questions. What is our favorite “ceviche and Corona” summer movie? What’s our all-time favorite summer movie-going experience? Will ‘Ant-Man’ continue Marvel’s string of box office smashes? Plus, our thoughts on ‘Boyhood,’ which actually was a summer movie (and in its own right, a huge hit) last year.
  • RECOMMENDED READING:The Best Team Money Can Buy,Molly Knight’s deep dive into the Dodgers’ tumultuous 2014 season. The book is getting fantastic reviews, and Molly is a great writer and our friend, so we’re urging everyone to pick up a copy.
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The Lakers land Lou Williams… Good or bad?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in free agency, Opinion | 10 comments

Sunday morning, I passed along thoughts on Roy Hibbert.

To summarize, in a vacuum the trade is solid. He’ll be a significant help defensively, and Hibbert is more valuable than the (presumed) second rounder they’ll eventually send Indiana. Unfortunately, the Lakers don’t exist in a vacuum, and this trade is another in a stretch of moves adding no clarity to the rebuild.

Later Sunday afternoon, the Lakers agreed to a deal with Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, reportedly snatching him up from the Raptors for three years and $21 million. On its face, the Lakers have spent money on a guy duplicating much of what they get from Kobe Bryant and Nick Young. All three are high volume shooters/scorers, and in the case of Young particularly the Lakers have paid for a role they already have — a guy who comes off the bench and puts points. Williams is a better version, no question, but it’s still basically the same gig.

I was critical of the Hibbert trade because it feels aimed at 2015-16 when 2016-17 is more important. The Williams deal is the opposite. Given the need to remove as much weight from Kobe’s shoulders as possible and broader questions about Young’s play, Williams will surely come in handy, but he doesn’t address any glaring needs for this season. Except the Lakers need to answer the question every high end free agent is going to ask: If I join your squad, who am I playing with?

In two seasons, Kobe will likely be gone, and if the Lakers have their way, so will Young. At that point, Williams slides into the same sixth man role he’s played effectively throughout his career, still young enough to do it at a high level. If all goes well, the Lakers can tell free agents next summer they have a thriving core of young up-and-comers in D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson (made even stronger should guys like Larry Nance, Anthony Brown, or — assuming he makes the team — Robert Upshaw show promise). To that, add one of the best sixth men in the league.

It’s not a huge step, but it’s a step, and a positive one. One of many the Lakers will need to convince elite players on the quality of the roster going forward.

 

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Podcast! In praise of D’Angelo Russell, a look at free agency, and interviews that should happen

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

Big or small? Big or small? Big or small?

That was the question in the weeks leading up to Thursday’s NBA Draft, and in the end the Lakers surprised a bunch of people — and royally screwed the Philadelphia 76ers — by selecting Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the second pick.

Good idea? We think so, break down why, and what about Russell appealed to the Lakers when push came to shove.

Plus, Larry Nance Jr. at 27 (and a most regrettable social media moment), Anthony Brown and 34, and what the new stable of Lakers means for their free agent search going forward. Mitch Kupchak says they’ll look to bolster the frontcourt. Does that mean LaMarcus Aldridge? Greg Monroe? Kevin Love?

Plus, Mitch interviews Robin Lopez!!!*

*Sort of… 

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