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The Lakers Have a Team

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

More or less, at least. A week or so after signing LeBron James, L.A. has filled in some holes, and have done so with an eye to keeping people like us talking. So where have the Lakers done well? Did the botch the Julius Randle situation? What about Rajon Rondo?

From there, we talk about the possibility of Carmelo Anthony… and why we both hope in the end, there isn’t one. It’s not a good idea. But who could the Lakers sign to fill out the roster?

Where do the Lakers stand in a crazy competitive Western Conference?

And finally… the JBA signs LiAngelo Ball, announcing it with arguably the worst press release ever written.

 

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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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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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Ingram’s Slow Start and Season Predictions

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast |

Last show before the real games begin. (Recorded on Monday, but delayed in posting…)

We cover…

  • Brandon Ingram’s slow preseason in the wake of expectations rising sharply for him this offseason.
  • Who starts at the four? Are the Lakers missing an opportunity in the frontcourt?
  • How many games will the Lakers win this year? The Vegas line is 34.5… so are they over or under, and how does Lonzo’s absence this preseason impact the final number?
  • What about the rest of the Western Conference? Who are the eight playoff teams in a stacked group?
  • In the East, since only two teams really matter, we look at Philadelphia’s chances, since in a lot of ways they’re the E.C. version of the Lakers.

And finally, it’s the 20th anniversary of Boogie Nights, one of the great movies of the last two decades. We discuss what makes it so good, and why it holds up so well.

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