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Kevin Arnovitz on Lonzo Ball and “Tootsie”

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Los Angeles Lakers, Opinion, Podcast |

Why is ESPN NBA writer Kevin Arnovitz one of our favorite people? Because there aren’t too many on the planet with whom you can split a 70-ish minute podcast between conversations ¬†about Lonzo Ball, his potential, and his singularity of style and skill set… and the 35th anniversary of the landmark film, “Tootsie.”

But that’s what we did earlier this week. It started by breaking down Arnovitz’s insightful feature on Lonzo in the newest issue of ESPN The Magazine. He relays what scouts say about Ball, how he might shift the paradigm when it comes to defining what “star” players do, and what kind of roster the Lakers need to build around him. And those Jason Kidd comps? Arnovitz has a more intriguing suggestion.

From there, we break down the comedy classic, “Tootsie.” Few movies are as well written (a screenplay by the legendary Larry Gelbart), acted (great performances from Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Dabney Coleman, Bill Murray, Teri Garr, and more), or have the sort of staying power and currency of Sidney Pollack’s gem. If you haven’t seen it recently, it’s worth a view before you listen.

 

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Lonzo Ball, LeBron James, and Star Wars

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Podcast |

The Lakers finished their road trip with a 2-2 record and four competitive games, a strong showing by any fair standard. Of course, the last of the group — a trip to Cleveland for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and the rest of L.A.’s traveling tribute to potential and hope — was the most significant. Lonzo and LeBron James on the same court, all eyes on them.

Everyone performed well. Lonzo was strong, Ingram balled out, and LBJ seemed to appreciate the talent. So he’s coming, right? We discuss.

(And don’t look now, but Lonzo’s FG% was about 40 on the roadie. Not brilliant, but a significant improvement. We talk about the impact that type of output would have were he to sustain it going forward.)

Finally, Star Wars. You heard? A new one is out! We deconstruct 40 years of Star Wars characters, then ask an important question: How good really is this franchise, from a movie making standpoint?

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Lonzo’s Slump, Luke’s Rotations, and Trade Machine Fun!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Lakers statistics, Opinion, Podcast |

It’s podcast day!

We kick things off talking, as any Lakers analyst must do (by law), Lonzo Ball. So the shooting thing… does it get better? And what happens if it doesn’t? The natives are getting restless, if response on postgame shows and social media are any indication. Also generating angst among the natives are Luke Walton’s rotation choices. So what mistakes is he making, and what’s beyond his control? Finally, why is it the Lakers seem to play down to the competition?

Finally, we take advantage of the turmoil in Memphis to crank up the Marc Gasol Trade Machine (with a dose of DeAndre Jordan thrown in for fun).

 

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Are the Lakers Good Yet? Plus Tom Petty and the R’n'R HOF

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So three preseason games in, are the 2017-18 Lakers good yet? No? Why not? We discuss. From there, what are the most interesting parts of the annual NBA GM Survey? Where does Lonzo Ball fit into it all? And are the Lakers going a little overboard fueling the Lonzo Hype Machine? Finally (on the basketball end of things, at least) Luke Walton dropped some serious hints as to what type of year he thinks this is for his developing group. We decode.

In non-sports news, the death of Tom Petty was (rightly and understandably) overshadowed by the horrendous violence in Las Vegas, but worth some reflection. And as we do every year, it’s time to break down this year’s nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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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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