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Kawhi Leonard Gets Traded… To Toronto

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

Well, the Kawhi Leonard deal is done, and he’s heading north. Very north. About as far from Los Angeles as Gregg Popovich could send him, really. The Toronto Raptors took this year’s version of the OKC gamble, shipping DeMar DeRozan and stuff to San Antonio for the disgruntled star. So will it work out as well for Masai Ujiri as it did for Sam Presti? Did the odds of Leonard coming to L.A. next summer go up or down with the deal?

To get some insight, we spoke with Eric Koreen, who covers the Raptors for The Athletic.

From there, we officially wrapped up L.A.’s Summer League effort, focusing on Josh Hart and what his performance might mean for the Lakers if it transfers to the regular season. (Spoiler alert: It’s, like, super helpful on a lot of levels.)

Finally, we look back at “The Dark Knight,” 10 years after its release. Super producer and ESPNLA’s resident nerd Adam Braunstein sits in.

 

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PODCAST!!! Rajon Rondo, LeBron v. Riles, Late Night TV, Tebow, and Pop loves BK

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Jeanie Buss, Jeremy Lin, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kevin Ollie, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Mitch Kupchak, Podcast, San Antonio Spurs | 1 comment

It’s been a while, but we’re back! The Lakers’ season is mercifully over and a (thus far) very fun playoffs are NBA underway. For the time being, ain’t much to talk about in Laker Land, but that won’t stop us from talking. The show can be heard by clicking on the module and a list of talking points can be found below. Among the highlights:

  • Our top story: Rajon Rondo’s disastrous stint in Dallas has now culminated in a “back injury” that’s all but officially ended his time as a Maverick. This fiasco comes on the heels of a steady decline in health, production and reputation. But in the eyes of some Lakers fans, that just makes the point guard a cost-effective free agent and inevitable redemption story ripe for the plucking. We explain why this is a terrible idea.
  • We take a stroll through the biggest NBA headlines. Does the Clippers’ Game 2 collapse reflect a doomed playoff run, even if they manage to take out the Spurs? Pat Riley throws shade at LeBron. Scott Brooks is out in OKC.
  • Our Not Sports Story: We examine the state of late night TV with David Letterman and Jon Stewart on the verge of exiting, and industry folks criticizing the medium’s new Fallon-ized direction.
  • Our Person of Interest: Tim Tebow is back, baby! What’s in store for the polarizing quarterback should he stick with the Eagles, and why does such a seemingly nice guy divide people so much in the first place?
  • AAK!!! What movie are we most looking forward to seeing the sequel? Can Gregg Popovich’s compliment to BK possibly be topped? What is each K Bros’ go-to lunch of choice?
  • Recommended Listening: Radiolab’s fascinating and highly entertaining look at the modern day relevance of the novel Don Quixote.

 

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PODCAST!!! Lakers coaching search, the NBA Finals, Donald’s quiz, action heroes

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Byron Scott, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Podcast | 3 comments

It’s been over a month since our last show. Then again, it’s been even longer since Mike D’Antoni resigned, and the Lakers still haven’t settled their coaching search, so really, who’s the turtle here?

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

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A quick look at the last time the Lakers and Spurs played without Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Kobe Bryant, Lakers statistics, Tim Duncan |

November 22, 1996.

This date marks the last time the Lakers and Spurs played a regular season contest where both Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan didn’t step foot on the court. In Duncan’s case, he was suiting up for Wake Forest at the time, which severely limited his availability for San Antonio. As for Bryant, to the best of my knowledge, Del Harris simply opted not to call his number. Kobe’s PT often fluctuated wildly as a rookie reserve. Case in point. He logged 21 minutes in the previous game against Utah, and put up 11 points on 4-5 shooting, plus an assist, a rebound, a block and a pair of turnovers. This was simply NBA life for the eventual five-time champion.

Well, tonight’s meeting between the Lakers and Spurs marks a repeat of this very rare history. Kobe is obviously sidelined as he recovers from his Achilles injury and Duncan is out with a chest contusion. Thus, I thought it was worth a quick rundown of the last Kobe-less, Duncan-less clash. Here are some details and numbers from the Lakers’ 96-86 win.

Respective records heading into the game: Lakers: 9-3, Spurs: 2-8

Spurs coach: Bill Hill (on the verge of being fired for Popovich)
Lakers coach: Harris

Lakers starters
Nick Van Exel
Eddie Jones
Byron Scott
Elden Campbell
Shaquille O’Neal

Spurs starters
Avery Johnson
Vinny Del Negro
Vernon Maxwell
Dominque Wilkins (Achilles irony alert!)
Will Perdue

Leading scorer: O’Neal (29)
Leading rebounder: O’Neal (21)
Leading assists: Johnson (14)
Leading steals: Jerome Kersey (6, off the Laker bench!)

Kobe’s fellow rookie in “DNP-CD” crime:
Travis Knight
The line for fellow rookie Derek Fisher, who did actually play: 12 minutes, 0 points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3pt), assists, 2 fouls

Future head coaches suited up:
Del Negro, Johnson, Scott, Monty Williams

The famous name missing from action: David Robinson, who only played six games that season, which explains in large part how the Spurs got Duncan the following summer in the draft.

Along those lines, December 5, 1997 marked the first time the Lakers and Spurs played with Kobe and Duncan taking the court. (It was the second meeting between these teams that season, but Kobe didn’t play in the first, presumably again Harris’ decision.)  Kobe, still a reserve, put up 17 points on 4-10 shooting, with five assists, four rebounds, three steals and a clean 8-8 line at the stripe. Duncan was good for 18 points (8-13 FG), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, and five turnovers.

From there, so many great battles between, without question, the two greatest players of their generation.

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Land O'Lakers Podcast: Back-to-back titles for Miami and LeBron James, 2014 title odds, P-Jax the consultant

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson, Podcast |

p>The 2012-2013 season, she is now officially 24 hours in the books… meaning we should waste no time in analyzing the 2013-2014 season! We take a look at what just went down, what lies ahead, and where the Lakers fit in. Among the talking points:

  • , the Miami Heat successfully defended their title and LeBron James led the charge in spectacular fashion. (37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, dagger J with under a minute remaining.) Does back-to-back titles mean the Heat roster, periodically vulnerable throughout the postseason, will require no tweaks for a Threepeat? Will LBJ”s now-iconic Game 6 and 7 showings silence once and for all those still questioning whether he”s “clutch?”
  • Was this the last realistic shot at a championship for the Duncan/Parker/Pop-era Spurs?
  • Vegas has the Heat as a 2-1 favorite to win the 2014 title, with the Lakers at 22-1, and squads like the Pacers, Clippers and Rockets in between. Sound about right, degenerate gamblers?
  • Phil Jackson is serving as a quasi-consultant of sorts for the Lakers? Can he and Jim Buss maintain a copacetic relationship? Is The Zen Master actually ideal for such a role?

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