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The Playoffs, Paul George, Pelinka and Prince

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Opinion, Podcast | 2 comments

That’s basically the agenda for Friday’s show. The playoffs are playing out in such a way that fans hoping for Paul George-to-LA can’t be anything but hopeful. Meanwhile, the front office in full sale mode, not of players but of themselves. We review some of Rob Pelinka’s most revealing comments from exit interviews, along with the thoroughly modern way in which the sale is being executed.

Things are different in El Segundo, that’s for sure.

We talk about that stuff, plus the leadership qualities (developing or otherwise) for D’Angelo Russell, and finally commemorate the 1-year anniversary of Prince’s death with an exercise that reveals how incredible quality of his catalog.

 

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Tabitha Soren on Photography, Media, and Baseball

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Podcast | 0 comments

If you’re of a certain age (say… ours) you likely have very specific memories of Tabitha Soren — the red-haired girl teaching us about politics and world affairs on MTV, encouraging us to Rock the Vote. But Soren has been out of media for a while now, and deep into a second career as a photographer.

Her new book is a unique supplement to the “Moneyball” story. Soren photographed the members of that famous 2002 Oakland A’s draft class over a stretch of years, cataloguing success and failure as well as the subtleties of baseball easily missed by fans. The result: Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream.

We spoke to her about the book, baseball, and her life in media as both a journalist and now an artist.

Soren will be appearing at Arcana Books in Culver City on Saturday, April 29 from 4-6 pm. It’s worth checking out. The book is very cool, and she’s had a really fascinating career.

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W. Kamau Bell on comedy, hoops, and America’s social fabric

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast | 0 comments

With hoops season winding down, it’s time again to start talking to other folks, and comedian W. Kamau Bell has long been on our list of people we hoped to get on the show.

Long a host of one of our favorite podcasts, Bell is kicking off the second season as the host of CNN’s United Shades of America, a timely look at the social fabric of America. We had a great conversation covering race, why people don’t always understand each other, and the language of racial politics, along with a look at the role of comedy in social commentary… and some hoops. (He’s a Warriors fan.)

Give it a listen.

 

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How Good Is the Young Core (Compared To All the Others)?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 3 comments

The big question facing the Lakers as the season winds down (other than those related to lottery odds) centers around the young core, and determining where the Lakers need to go from here. How good are these guys, exactly? How do they compare with other young cores around the league? The answer goes a long way to determining just how far the Lakers need to go, given all the teams they need to jump to reach the top — or even the semi-top — of the Western Conference.

It was a theme running through a few big picture NBA features this week, whether talking about the best of the worst teams in the Association, or how re-do’s of the last two Drafts might look.

All that, plus big headlines (KD returning, Cleveland bickering) and a Hallmark Christmas Quiz.

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D’Angelo Russell is a starter again! (Plus “Rest-Gate!!!)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

Showtime!

In today’s episode, we break down the post-Lou work the Lakers have tried to do, gathering information to get ready for this offseason and future (potential) moves. That includes the dramatic, though apparently short-lived, experiment of having D’Angelo Russell come off the bench.

We kick that around, plus take a look at the latest controversy surrounding rest and NBA stars, plus dive deep into the growing group of NBA Flat Earth Truthers.

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