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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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New Days for the Lakers, Melo in OKC, and Protesting Players?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion |

It’s here! The season is here!

For starters, there really is a brand new feel to things in El Segundo, as the Lakers opened up their new facility earlier this week. It’s swanky. So things kicked off as they have in recent seasons, with an emphasis on D. Can the Lakers fix it? Is the best path to doing so… on offense? What about Jordan Clarkson’s 6MOY prospects… or even his prospects of staying on the team all season. Finally, Larry Nance is a confident man, these days. What does that mean?

Nationally, Carmelo is a Thunder. (This is why teams should end in s.) Wade is a Cav. What does this mean for them, and more importantly, for the Lakers and their Summer of ’18? Finally, what will the NBA look like this season from a social justice standpoint? Do the NFL-style protests continue on the hardwood?

 

 

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TamperGate ends, Lonzo’s #NBARank, Kobe Bryant’s Jerseys and More!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So lose to the start of the year, with Media Day on September 25. But that doesn’t we have to wait. Behold… podcast!

We start on the end of TamperGate. How did things turn out for the Lakers? Fair or unfair? And what did Magic say about it on First Take this week? Moving on, we kick around Lonzo Ball’s #NBA Rank (and a similar exercise from Sports Illustrated). What does it mean that he’s already showing up on lists like these? Anyone from the Lakers seem under-appreciated? After that, we talk about Kobe’s jersey retirement ceremony, now officially set for December 18th.

And finally, we wrap with a lively discussion of the best song/movie combo from the 1980s.

 

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