On the plus side, Kobe Bryant is back on the court. On the minus side, Steve Blake, arguably the team’s best player to this point, is now sidelined. Of course, if Blake’s been the clubhouse leader for production, with all sincere respect to the way he’s stepped up, that’s not a sign this season boasts the potential of a particularly high ceiling to begin with.
In any event, the show, both ours and the Lakers’, must go on. The podcast can be heard by clicking the module and a list of talking points can be found below. Among the highlights…
- We take a look at the latest headlines. Despite having played just two games this season, Kobe’s tallied over 500,000 (and counting) All-Star votes. Is this a problem? LeBron James claims there are no rivalries in the NBA. Is he correct? ESPN created a list of the ten best “under 25″ players in the NBA. Did they get the right names in the right order?
- It wouldn’t be a Lakers podcast without injury news, and in this case, the latest victim is Steve Blake. The team announced he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament on his right elbow and will be shelved for at least six weeks. How will this affect the on-court product and, perhaps cynically, Blake’s potential trade value at the deadline? In the meantime, names like Leandro Barbosa and Chris Duhon have surfaced as theoretical replacements, and we explain why this would be a terrible approach.
- With Blake out, the Lakers’ legitimate options at point guard basically begin and end at Kobe. How will this affect the heretofore rocky efforts to blend Bryant with the rest of the team?
- Brian wonders how opponents will game plan for Kobe post-Achilles? Will less attention be paid defensively or will status quo prevail?
- Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Pau Gasol’s play is being adversely affected by health and conditioning issues. Will this trend ever reverse itself?
- We discuss Jim Brown’s comments this week about Kobe.
- AAK!!! Jeff Herington asks us to name best shows in television/Netflix, which reminded us a Facebook friend’s recent post about having never seen “Breaking Bad,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Walking Dead” or even “Friends.” With that in mind, we try to predict the next show to become a cultural event like “Breaking Bad.”