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Podcast! The future for Steve Nash, PJ and D’Antoni. Plus, talk of death, Rocky IV, and Travolta!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Steve Nash |

We figured y’all would need some kinda entertainment after Thursday’s debacle against the Clippers. Hopefully, this helps take the edge off.

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

  • We talk a stroll through the headlines. Carmelo Anthony is reportedly running low on patience in New York, and Joakim Noah is reportedly recruiting the All-Star to join him in Chicago. (And speaking of disgruntled All-Stars, I think Phoenix could/should make a serious, credible push for Kevin Love this offseason.) Pop offers his coaching secrets. The Pistons deny rumors that Isiah Thomas could replace Joe Dumars (and I take the indefensible position that they should). Royce White gets a 10-day deal with the Kings.
  • Much has been written (and filmed) these days about Steve Nash’s uncertain future with the Lakers, which could include retirement, the stretch provision, or… believe it or not… another year on the roster, whether physically up to the task or not. What, if anything, does Nash owe the Lakers if it grows even more apparent taking the court is a pipe dream? Is he obligated to step away from his career and the nearly $10 million?
  • We discuss Sam Amick’s recent wide-ranging interview with Phil Jackson for USA Today. What lies ahead for Phil as a coach, a potential member of the Laker brass, or a member of a front office anywhere in the league?
  • Tweeps complaining that Mike D’Antoni didn’t play Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman during a WIN in Portland reflects just how much Laker fans despise Ol’ Pringles. (That, and they just don’t get the notion of playing for the future.) Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but dude might be around next season.
  • It’s time for AAK!!! What kind of mask would we wear with a broken nose? We rank, based on several criteria, “The Karate Kid,” “Rocky IV,” “Wildcats,” “Major League,” and “Teen Wolf.” Who’s the bigger train wreck between John Travolta and Mel Gibson? Would we prefer to die by fire, drowning or hungry lion?

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Podcast: Kobe Bryant’s latest ETA, Magic Johnson’s criticisms, David Stern’s legacy, B-Movies

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Audio, Magic Johnson, Mitch Kupchak | 6 comments

The Lakers continue to lose. Kobe Bryant continues to watch games while donning black suits. Magic Johnson continues to lobby his dissatisfaction with the team. Chris Kaman continues to sit on the bench angrily growing out his beard. It’s like the movie “Groundhog Day,” except considerably less funny and the day begins with I Got a Feeling” instead of “I Got You, Babe.”

You know things have gotten bad when Cher is the preferable option.

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

  • We take a look at the latest headlines. LaLa Anthony thinks ‘Melo will stay in New York and denies HoneyNutCheerios-Gate ever happened. Do we believe her on either count? The Memphis Grizzlies are back in the Western Conference playoff conversation. At the halfway point, who would we vote for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, etc.?
  • Tuesday, President Obama addressed the State of the Union. Wednesday, we address the state of the Lakers. And unless he’s a diehard Celtics fan, both assessments will make John Boehner frown. As is typically the case, fans have a bone to pick with Mike D’Antoni over this mess, and the Complaint Du Jour is Ryan Kelly getting minutes at the expense of either Jordan Hill or Kaman (and their presumed extra rebounds) How much does this affect wins and losses, and does it even matter, considering this season is clearly lost?
  • A reexamination of Kobe Bryant’s knee has revealed more swelling, placing him on the shelf until, realistically speaking, late February or early March at the earliest. Assuming Bryant does take the court this season, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak will get a very small sample size by which to evaluate where he stands as a player. How much will this affect the front office’s decisions this summer?
  • Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Magic Johnson is publicly criticizing Jim Buss and D’Antoni. We ponder Magic’s endgame with these constant critiques, and how damaging his words could be to the organization moving forward.
  • Dr. Buss’ birthday as Tuesday, and it’s been nearly a year since his death. We examine the state of the franchise specifically through the prism of his absence.
  • On Saturday, David Stern will step down after 30 years as NBA Commissioner. How will his tenure be remembered?
  • It’s time for some AAK!!! We make Super Bowl predictions and name our favorite B-Movies.
  • Unrelated to the show (but still important), I wanted to give a heads up that we’ll be appearing again periodically on ESPNLA 710 radio. Check our twitter feed (@kambrothers) to stay in the loop.

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Podcast: Kobe Bryant’s contract extension and what it means for the Lakers

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Opinion, Podcast | 2 comments

Monday morning, news broke out of nowhere that the Lakers and Kobe Bryant came to terms on an extension keeping the future Hall of Famer in purple and gold through the 2016 season, presumably the end of his career. On its face, this was purely historic and celebratory day in franchise history, a proclamation that arguably the greatest Laker ever would never wear another uniform. But the devil is always in the details, and Kobe’s contract, which will keep him the NBA’s highest paid player, raised a plethora of questions.

  • Did Kobe prioritize money ahead of winning by refusing to take the larger pay cut many expected, or did he simply refuse on principle to dip any further below his market value? (Evaluated on the merits of his drawing power, there’s no question Bryant is underpaid, and by a long shot.)
  • Kobe’s salary will take up roughly one-third of the team’s cap space moving forward. How will this affect the front office’s ability to build a contending team around him?
  • Was it even necessary for the Lakers to offer Kobe an extension in November, considering they have a relationship nearly two decades long with the guard, who has consistently maintained he’ll retire a Laker, anyway? Plus, he hasn’t even taken the court yet since tearing his Achilles last April. Was potential free agency really such a big risk?
  • Did this extension reveal doubts on the part of Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak, and Kobe about the Lakers’ prospects of becoming a contender in the next two seasons?
  • Why didn’t Jim Buss remove his baseball hat for the commemorative pictures of this landmark event?

All this, and much, much more discussed during the show. Click on the module to hear the show.

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Podcast: Steve Nash’s future, Pau Gasol’s health, the Lakers’ identity and guilty pleasure music

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Boniface N'Dong, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Jordan Hill, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Podcast, Steve Nash | 3 comments

With ten games officially in the books, what to make of the .500-ish Lakers and the way things have thus far shaken out, Joe Q. PurpleAndGoldFan asks. Well, lucky for Joe Q. PurpleAndGoldFan, we happened to have an afternoon free to answer that same pressing question. 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 run through the headlines! Yahoo! reports the Knicks are targeting Kevin Love in 2015. Coach K thinks flopping is… un-American??? Matt Barnes loses his mind against the Thunder and on Twitter. J.R. Smith defends his brother’s honor against Brandon Jennings.
  • Steve Nash’s health has taken a turn for the (even) worse. Nerve damage related to last season’s problems has the point guard shelved for at least another week, and that is likely optimistic. What does the future hold for Canada’s favorite son?
  • In the meantime, Pau Gasol’s health/age issues aren’t nearly as extreme as Nash’s, but foot, respiratory, and conditioning problems, plus his advancing years, have nonetheless conspired to create a slow start. Is it possible El Spaniard can regain the All-Star form Mike D’Antoni predicted in the preseason?
  • Are the Lakers struggling to discover their “identity?”
  • AAK!!! If powerful aliens were to demand one celebrity sacrifice a year in exchange for the Earth’s safety, who would we nominate as the first to go? Which was the most seismic event in Lakers history: The nixed CP3 deal, D’Antoni getting hired over Phil Jackson, or Dwight Howard’s departure? What is our favorite guilty pleasure song, and what music do people try to make us feel guilty for not liking?
  • I share my theory about former NBA fringe big men Mamadou N’Diaye and Boniface N’Dong. It will blow your mind!


Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Land O'Lakers Podcast: Does Dwight Howard stay or go?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Mike D'Antoni, Opinion, Podcast | 8 comments

Hope you had a chance to pitch Dwight Howard this week, because if you didn”t, it”s too late! So while Howard clears his head/weighs his future in Aspen — likely picking up one of these bad boys while he”s there — we sat down for some jibber jab time to discuss it all. And after spending the opening moments recounting the less-than-Dickensian nature of our childhood, we hit the following high points…

  • The Lakers pitch to Dwight didn”t dwell on the past, and the incredible legacy of the franchise. Smart move, or a missed opportunity?
  • Which is actually the tougher decision, to stay or go? We react to a column by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, expressing the (not uncommon) idea that re-upping with L.A. may be harder, at least initially, but would ultimately be more rewarding. “I just know that if he stays with the Lakers, he”ll put the NBA on notice that he”s finally figured it out. If he stays with the Lakers, he”ll take the first step toward repairing his image, proving his loyalty and entering the exclusive club of legends who”ve been made there,” Berger writes. “He”ll be signing up for something hard, something challenging to live up to. It isn”t easy to win championships and be great.” Is he right?
  • How does Kobe Bryant factor into all this?… does that make Howard”s return more or less likely?
  • Does he stay or does he go now? (If he goes will there be trouble? If he stays will it be double?)
  • We break down the two big trades of the week, involving the Clippers and the Knicks. One was great, one was awful, and if you don”t know which is which, it”s probably best you don”t run a team.

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the show via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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