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Why Dwight Howard should see "This is the End."

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, This is the End | 1 comment

Last weekend, I saw “This is the End,” the new movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson. All playing themselves, the six attend a party at Franco’s opulent Hollywood home — filled with recognizable faces like Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segal — when the apocalypse arrives. For all intents and purposes, this sextet are the lone survivors left to fend off Armageddon… and often each other. Negotiating the end of the world brings out the worst in everybody above the title, and that self-centered behavior is displayed with a winking nod to each actor’s public image.

Franco eggs on a tabloid culture that’s painted him as a pretentious, artsy douche who may be in the closet. McBride presents himself as a somewhat better-spoken version of his “Kenny Powers” character. Hill is so relentlessly and condescendingly nice, Baruchel (self-righteously “anti-industry,” but also jealous of everyone’s more successful careers) eventually decks him. Rogen is a useless, selfish pothead. The flaky Robinson reacts to danger with a girly scream.

Audiences will hypothesize how closely the film versions of every actor who appears match reality — save perhaps Michael Cera, who by all accounts is nothing like the dude who spends his final hours snorting coke and slapping Rihanna’s ass — but that’s both beside the point and the point. A movie like “T.I.T.E.” can only be made if the participants are secure with that inevitability. Clearly, this cast ain’t losing sleep. The goal is to get laughs. And while the last 20-ish minutes are uneven, the movie is often hysterical because of everybody’s willingness to don a “kick me” sign.

Watching the film, out of nowhere, Dwight Howard popped into my head. Given how the center is at forefront of damn near every NBA conversation, particularly in Los Angeles, a day without Howard on the brain is unfortunately a rare luxury. But this was different. Seeing these actors mock themselves, it dawned on me how Dwight, despite his reputation as someone who “never stops joking around,” seems the least likely person on Earth to participate in a project like “T.I.T.E”

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Metta World Peace talks about his new children's book "Metta's Bedtime Stories," the Lakers and the Spurs

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Lakers News, Metta World Peace | 1 comment

Metta World Peace is nothing if not an ever-expanding hyphenate. Already having established dashes between “athlete,” “rapper,” “producer,” “mental health advocate,” “comedian,” and “weatherman,” the latest title added to the small forward's list is “author.” His new children's book, Metta's Bedtime Stories,” written with Heddrick McBride, was released on May 20 and is a collection of five short stories geared at kids age 4-10. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Xcel University as well as The Artest Foundation, established by Metta's father. I spoke at length by phone with Metta Wednesday about the process of writing this book, his own childhood and, of course, a little basketball. Below is a transcript of the conversation.

Andy Kamenetzky: How did you become interested in writing a children's book in the first place?

Metta World Peace: Well, you know, it was more of a collective effort. It was something that I always wanted to do. I had a couple other books that I was writing, but I wanted to start off writing books for children. We had a couple of other books that we kind of wrote already, so I wanted to figure out what was the best way to launch all these books. We got some books we wrote for adults and things like that, but the main thing was to get started off in the right direction. One thing I always like to do is entertain and inspire. I always like to inspire first, so that was the motivation behind writing the children's books.

AK: Why release the children's book before the books for adults, as opposed to the other way around?

MWP: I thought children's books were a little bit better first, because the kids look up to us and when you can steer a kid in the right direction, it's a really positive thing. When I was a kid, I used to read children's book and children's books inspired me. Dr. Seuss and other books inspired me, so I just wanted to give back.

AK: Which children's books did you specifically enjoy?

MWP: I loved all the Dr. Seuss books. They were real simple but it was kind of fun, you know? I kind of related to them. I thought his books were adventurous. It was easy to read. It was a complex story as a kid, obviously. But at the end, for example, Green Eggs and Ham, if you just give something a try, you might like it. You don't realize these things as children. You don't realize them having a positive influence on you. When we was doing our book, it was like, let's do a book that a kid can relate to. Especially a kid that's coming into his or her own.

I think the first book was good because we're giving kids options in their life. They don't have to have tunnel vision. We wanted to get across to children that you can do anything.

AK: How hard was it to sit down and actually write the book?

MWP: Writing isn't hard because I write rhymes a lot. I write raps a lot. So the writing aspect is not hard. It's just coming up with a collective effort. Me, Heddrick McBride, we all just come up with a collective effort and see what makes sense. But the writing is not hard. It's all about the feeling. You can have good feeling and it (doesn't) come across the right way. Or you could have some good words to say but it's not making no sense. So that's the hard thing when you're writing. We just tried to make sure everything made sense. We were very satisfied with the story.

AK: How actively were you involved with the illustrations, and having the visuals come out the way you pictured in your head?

MWP: At first, it was all black kids. (Laughs) We needed a variety of kids in there, because the world is very diverse. So the guy who did the first design for us, he thought we were just trying to talk to black kids, but I'm like, “No, no, no. We need to talk to talk to all races. We gotta try to accomplish that in a short amount of time.” I thought we did a really good job with that, also.

AK: When you got the draft back with only black kids, were you, like, “Whoa! Whoa!”

MWP: Yeah. We were laughing. Me and Heidi Buech, she runs Xcel University for me, she was just like, “What's going on? What happened to the Asian kids and the Latino kids and the white kids?” (Laughs) So that was the holdup. But it was cool, because we wrote a couple other books [while waiting] and it gave us time to be more consistent.

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Podcast: Summer choices for the Lakers, Kobe endorses D'Antoni, Bynum's dancing, Knicks-Celtics stupidity

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake, Steve Nash |

The Lakers' season has officially ended, but as always, the show must go on for the Kamenetzky Brothers. Plenty to discuss with the offseason officially underway.

Among the talking points:

  • Before breaking down what lies ahead for the Lakers, we pay tribute to the dancing machine that is Andrew Bynum. As always, dude remains completely indifferent towards public perception.
  • During his exit interview Tuesday, Kobe Bryant emphatically stated his preference that this year's core four return, believing the Lakers figured it out over the second half, and that continuity would serve them well. He also believes said intact roster, if healthy, is absolutely capable of winning a title. Is Kobe's logic sound?Is he correctly assessing this group's potential? And if so, is keeping the band together even financially doable?
  • What are the biggest priorities as the front office decides whatever moves to make?
  • Kobe also lobbied on behalf of Mike D'Antoni, who continues to publicly receive front office support. At the moment, all signs point to him being retained. Is this the right decision?
  • Dan D'Antoni appears completely secure with a career working underneath his older brother, who's also made a boatload more money. Could the K Bros function within similar parameters?
  • Who's dumber? The Knicks wearing “funeral black” to commemorate the burial of an opponent not yet dead or Jordan Crawford for pissing off Carmelo Anthony by revisiting Honey Nut Cheerios-Gate? Or is it a push?

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23 Questions: The Lakers and the summer of 2013

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Metta World Peace, Mike D'Antoni, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake, Steve Nash | 6 comments

There will be ample time available to ponder and/or discover answers — much more than anyone would have guessed eight months ago — but for now, as the last shovel of dirt is dropped atop L.A.’s 2012-13 season, it’s all about questions.

Here are 23, in no particular order…

1. Does Dwight Howard come back?

2. If Dwight comes back, does Mike D’Antoni return, as well? Mitch Kupchack says D’Antoni will be back, but while Mitch shouldn’t be accused of lying, you wouldn’t expect him to say otherwise. Particularly in April.

3. Even if he’d prefer someone else, would Dwight feel strongly enough about D’Antoni to pull a “him or me?”

4. How long will it take for Kobe to return from his torn Achilles, and how will the injury impact his game? (Technically two questions. Sorry.)

5. How does the injury impact Kobe’s bigger picture career timeline? (While earlier Bryant said he’d announce his intentions regarding retirement sometime this summer, presumably that plan has changed.)

6. How does Kobe’s decision impact Dwight’s? (Meaning if Howard knew Kobe might stick around an extra year or two, would that make staying more or less desirable an option?)

7. If the Lakers decide to can D’Antoni (I don’t think they will, for what it’s worth), who replaces him?

8. Even if the Lakers want Phil Jackson, would Phil actually want these Lakers?

9. Do the Lakers try to trade Pau Gasol?

10. If the answer is yes, how much can/would they be wiling to get in return?

11. If the Lakers decide to keep Pau (whether because they want to or the offers aren’t good enough) but his role stays essentially unchanged compared to most of this season, does he even want to come back? (Kevin Ding’s column Sunday suggests the answer is no.)

12. If Dwight decides to bolt, do the Lakers try and build a contender in his wake, or use it as an opportunity to strip it down to the studs and start the rebuild a year early?

13. Can the Lakers choose the latter if, in fact, Kobe decides to call it a career following the 2013-14 season? (They wouldn’t make his farewell tour a race to the lottery, would they?)

14. If the Lakers decide to just try again with (more or less) this year’s team, is it totally absurd to expect a better result?

15. Kobe’s Achilles will get most of the attention, but how well does Steve Nash bounce back from his hamstring/back/hip/nerve issues?  (One orthopedist I spoke to, obviously not Nash’s treating physician, expressed concern.)

16. They can’t amnesty him, but the Lakers can use their stretch provision on Nash. That they’d do it after next season to create more cap space isn’t hard to picture, but would they consider doing it earlier?

17. Do the Lakers use their amnesty provision?

18. If so, on which guy? (Options: Kobe, Pau, Metta World Peace, Steve Blake)

19. And how do they replace the guy they just let go?

20. Earl Clark can be retained if the Lakers want him. Do they want him, and at what cost?

21. Assuming the preservation of cap space and flexibility next summer (along with the ability to dip below the tax line), how competitive can the Lakers really be this summer on the free agent market?

22. Jodie Meeks was brought in as a shooter, but in only two months did he crack 40 percent from downtown. In the other four, Meeks was at or below 35 percent. In March and April he shot 32 percent and 28.6 percent, respectively. He can be retained for a reasonable $1.5 million player option, but will the Lakers do it or try and find an upgrade?

23. I think we all know where Devin Ebanks won’t be playing next year, but do the Lakers make qualifying offers to Darius Morris and Robert Sacre?

It’s incredible to think the Lakers, after creating what appeared to be a clear two-year window with four All-Stars, actually face more uncertainty now than they did heading into last offseason.

Yet here we are.

Have answers? Did I leave out more good questions? Leave ‘em below, or on our FB page.

 

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