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Missing Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma’s Wall, and … Anthony Davis?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

This week in Lakerland, we learned once again what we knew last week, namely that the Lakers just aren’t as interesting, nor competitive, without Lonzo Ball. And it’s not even close. And as Lonzo starts to put together more solid games, the statistical contributions he’s making as a rookie are becoming more clear. We discuss, with data!

As Lonzo rises, Kyle Kuzma could be hitting the proverbial wall. His efficiency has declined month to month this season, and since Christmas has bottomed out. So what’s going on there, and how fast might it change? What does the bump in Kuzma’s road say about Julius Randle’s value? How will the Lakers deal with Randle at the deadline?

It’s one of a few trade related questions we ask, including this one: Would you trade the farm — Lonzo, Brandon Ingram, Kuzma, Randle — for Anthony Davis? We break it down both the micro (Does Davis get hurt too much? Do you know free agents would follow) and macro (Do you do whatever it takes to acquire a player you know is transcendent, even if it means taking on serious risk?

And finally… THE STATUE GAME IS BACK! In honor of the Lakers signing Gary Payton II, we give out a Lakers statue to the original.

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Paul George, Luke Walton One Year(ish) Later, and Lithuanian Hip Hop

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So Paul George visits Staples Center Wednesday night with the Thunder… what are the odds he’ll be visiting all the time next year as a member of the Lakers? His comments this week didn’t end the speculation, and meanwhile Russell Westbrook says they’ll make a hard sell in Oklahoma City by winning a championship. So where does it all go?

From there, we look at some informal Twitter polling data on confidence in Luke Walton and new Lakers management. Are fans getting impatient with Walton? Do they still believe in Magic and Pelinka? Where has each done well, and where have they stumbled?

Finally, there’s a nice young lady in Lithuania who, with some help from Kendrick Lamar, would like to welcome the Ball Brothers to her home nation.

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Are the Lakers Actually Good at Defense?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Podcast |

We recorded this one on Thursday ahead of the Portland and Brooklyn games, but technical problems kept it off the interwebs. Good news: This stuff is pretty evergreen. (As is the commentary on Fantasy Football that opens the show. Got a feeling we hit on things many, many, many of those listening will recognize.)

The Lakers are actually playing defense through (now) eight games this year. Is it sustainable? Yes, we’re asking that question: Could the Lakers defense actually be… good? And how sustainable are we talking, here? What happens now that Larry Nance Jr. is out of the lineup for at least a month? And will there be any regret long term for letting D’Angelo Russell go?

 

 

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Alan Sepinwall on “Breaking Bad 101″

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast |

If you like TV recaps and reviews, you probably have read Alan Sepinwall. Now at Uproxx, Sepinwall has long been one of the most influential critics working. His new book “Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion” is a fantastic compilation of old and fresh episode recaps, along with new essays and interview with important figures from the series.

It’s really fun.

We talk to Sepinwall about the book, Breaking Bad, recap culture, Mad Men and more. Great stuff for TV lovers.

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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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