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The Lakers at the Quarter Pole

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

10-10!

Surprising, to say the least, but 20 games in, the Lakers are a .500 team hanging on the edge of the playoff ladder. To put things in perspective, last season the team’s 10th win didn’t come until February 2nd. This year? November 30. Aside from the most optimistic heart-over-head diehards, few saw this coming. But it has, so what does it mean going forward? We break it down, focusing on…

  • Nick Young’s injury. What does it do to the rotation? What if he misses a full month?
  • Brandon Ingram. His progress to this point, and whether it’s time to go all in and call the kid a future star.
  • Luke Walton. Why he’s been successful, and how a combination of coaching talent and good timing could serve the Lakers very well for a long time.

All that and… well, actually, no more. Just all that.

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D’Angelo Russell steps in it, Hassan Whiteside’s future

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Nick Young, Opinion | 1 comment

The Lakers have had an interesting week, to say the least. To the point that Kobe Bryant’s final game, now less than two weeks away, was pushed off the front burner.

In this installment of the show, we break down D’Angelo Russell’s big mistake. What happened, and more importantly, what happens next?

Plus, all the headlines around the NBA, including rumors linking Hassan Whiteside to the Lakers, and his reaction to them. Is he a good fit for the purple and gold this summer? In other news, Yao Ming is heading to the Hall of Fame, the Pelicans ask for — then receive — input from genuine practitioners of voodoo, and Vlade Divac has an extension with the Kings.

We dive back into the secret audio of that first LaMarcus Aldridge pitch meeting, give Karl Malone a statue, and answer your pressing questions in a fresh installment of AAK! All in all, it’s enough to vault you happily into the weekend.

 

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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! 2014-15 NBA and Lakers Season Preview!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Mitch Kupchak, Nick Young, Opinion |

And so it begins!

All that was the preseason is gone, all that will be the regular season lay before us, kicking off Tuesday at Staples when the Lakers face Donatas Motiejunas (and Dwight Howard) and the Houston Rockets. What will the 2014-15 campaign bring, both in L.A. and across the Association? We break it down in our Big Season Preview, while also tackling a few important Lakers-related issues along the way.

Among the talking points:

  • Headlines! Slow going on contract negotiations for Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard. NBA owners reject lottery reform. Where do the Lakers land on SI.com’s entertainment index?
  • The end of Steve Nash.
  • Preseason wrap up. Where did the Lakers look encouraging, where were they discouraging, and can anyone around here play point guard for more than 20 minutes without hurting himself?
  • Jeanie Buss defends Kobe and the franchise.
  • 2014-15 NBA and Lakers Season Preview. Who wins the East? The West? The Larry O? All the major awards, plus over/under predictions on Lakers victories, MPG and games played for Kobe Bryant.
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Podcast!!! Carlos Boozer, free agency, Byron Scott, Kevin Love or “Face/off?”

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Byron Scott, Dwight Howard, Jeanie Buss, Jim Buss, Jordan Hill, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Pau Gasol, Podcast | 12 comments

The Carlos Boozer era has officially begun for the Lakers. There’s a sentence I never expected to type.

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

  • The Lakers “won” the Carlos Boozer auction and claimed the painted-haired Dukie off waivers. Seriously… WTF, Lakers? WTF? What does the Boozer grab say about the way in which the rebuilding Lakers see themselves? Do they completely lack self-awareness, or are they threading the needle between rebuilding and competing?
  • With Boozer now in the fold, save an unexpected trade, the Lakers aren’t likely making any more significant moves. So how did they do? Did they read the market well, or let too many noteworthy players get past?
  • Pau Gasol went to Chicago without the Lakers receiving any assets in return. At the risk of saying, “I told you so…”
  • When will the Lakers finally hire a coach? What does it say about the organization’s confidence in presumed frontrunner Byron Scott that he’s been interviewed three times without getting hired, despite the fact that nobody else seems to be in the running?
  • The Lakers offseason has received mixed reviews, but hey, they could be Daryl Morey!
  • Thoughts LeBron James heading back to Cleveland.
  • It’s time for #AAK!!! What songs are we most ashamed to admit liking? What discontinued Trader Joe’s item do we miss most? If the Lakers getting Kevin Love somehow meant the movie “Face/Off” never existed, would I choose the power forward or Castor Troy? What invention would we pitch on “Shark Tank?”
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