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Podcast! The future for Steve Nash, PJ and D’Antoni. Plus, talk of death, Rocky IV, and Travolta!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Steve Nash |

We figured y’all would need some kinda entertainment after Thursday’s debacle against the Clippers. Hopefully, this helps take the edge off.

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

  • We talk a stroll through the headlines. Carmelo Anthony is reportedly running low on patience in New York, and Joakim Noah is reportedly recruiting the All-Star to join him in Chicago. (And speaking of disgruntled All-Stars, I think Phoenix could/should make a serious, credible push for Kevin Love this offseason.) Pop offers his coaching secrets. The Pistons deny rumors that Isiah Thomas could replace Joe Dumars (and I take the indefensible position that they should). Royce White gets a 10-day deal with the Kings.
  • Much has been written (and filmed) these days about Steve Nash’s uncertain future with the Lakers, which could include retirement, the stretch provision, or… believe it or not… another year on the roster, whether physically up to the task or not. What, if anything, does Nash owe the Lakers if it grows even more apparent taking the court is a pipe dream? Is he obligated to step away from his career and the nearly $10 million?
  • We discuss Sam Amick’s recent wide-ranging interview with Phil Jackson for USA Today. What lies ahead for Phil as a coach, a potential member of the Laker brass, or a member of a front office anywhere in the league?
  • Tweeps complaining that Mike D’Antoni didn’t play Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman during a WIN in Portland reflects just how much Laker fans despise Ol’ Pringles. (That, and they just don’t get the notion of playing for the future.) Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but dude might be around next season.
  • It’s time for AAK!!! What kind of mask would we wear with a broken nose? We rank, based on several criteria, “The Karate Kid,” “Rocky IV,” “Wildcats,” “Major League,” and “Teen Wolf.” Who’s the bigger train wreck between John Travolta and Mel Gibson? Would we prefer to die by fire, drowning or hungry lion?

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Steve Nash: “It’s either back with the Lakers next year, or I’m done.”

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Lakers Analysis, Opinion, Steve Nash | 5 comments

If you haven’t watched “The Finish Line,” Grantland’s series on Steve Nash’s attempt to dictate the terms of his exit from the game, you’re missing out. The installment above (Part 2, the first is here) not only puts on full display once again the physical and mental pain Nash endures to find some semblance of health, but also introduces him to a piece of CBA machinery that had apparently slipped under his radar: The stretch provision.

For the uninitiated, it would allow the Lakers to release Nash this summer and instead of absorbing his $9.7 million cap hit for the 2014-15 season, chop it up and spread it out equally over the next three seasons. If it’s not generally assumed the Lakers will take advantage, at the very least it’s a well-traveled forecast. Even Nash seemed to think it would be the obvious move.

“If that’s the case [in terms of how the rule works],” Nash says to his agent Bill Duffy after having the details explained, “I’d imagine that’s the outcome.”

Then again, maybe not. Nash makes it pretty clear he’s not playing anywhere else next season, whether the Lakers stretch him or not. “If the Lakers release me this summer, this is it,” he says, noting how he finally has his kids in Los Angeles (following a difficult divorce) and is unwilling to move or be away from them again. “It’s either back with the Lakers next year, or I’m done.”

So there’s that.

But say Nash sees enough from the rest of the season and somehow believes he can play effectively next year. Maybe he dares the Lakers to let him go, or whatever. The Lakers can certainly stretch him, but I don’t think they will or should. Not because there’s any real shot of Nash contributing, whatever that might entail. It’s more a matter of cap management. The Lakers are unlikely to put together this offseason a team capable of competing in the West next year. More likely, they’ll return a group similar to this one, throwing life rafts to wayward #1 picks of yore and working to preserve as much future cap space as possible.

Yes, it would suck to have nearly $10 million in apparently dead money on the ledgers in a year the Lakers will already be watching their bottom line, but what would suck worse would be having to work around Nash’s stretched out $3.2-ish million in upcoming summers. Unlike rostered players who can be offloaded in trades (even if the other team requires a little sweetener to cooperate), Nash’s salary would be truly dead money, and would serve to lower the Lakers’ cap ceiling relative to every other team in the league.  What would suck the most? Somehow finding themselves aced out of a prime free agent (or really anything they’d want) because a chunk of maneuverability was taken away.

It’s not a huge number, but is it worth taking the risk?

Better to bite the bullet and work through the final year of Nash’s deal all at once so it comes off the books clean, particularly in a season unlikely to produce parades, anyway.*

Of course, this stuff only matters if Nash decides to play next year. I don’t think he will. One school of thought says he won’t leave nearly $10 million on the table, because almost nobody does that. But sometimes it happens, particularly for someone who has earned nearly $140 million in salary over the course of his career. Pride and principle have value, too. Nash alludes to it in the both parts of the film, that as much as he loves the game he’s not going to play if he can’t do it at something approximating the level he’s accustomed, and that he’s either going to be a Laker, or he won’t be an NBA player.

Maybe I’m being naive, but I have trouble believing Nash would just steal from the team next year if he knows he can’t play, and by the end of this year I think it’ll be pretty clear he can’t. And if he retires, the conversation becomes moot.**

*Not stretching Nash does, assuming he hasn’t filed retirement papers, allow the Lakers to shop his expiring deal during the season. So that’s another potential reason to hold the contract, though as we’ve seen in the last couple of trade deadlines, expiring contracts have less value now than ever. 

**For some, those looking at Nash not as a player but a cap number, that will be a happy day. Others, including me, will be focused on the disappointment of Nash’s gifts punted from the game by such a strange injury despite incredible efforts to undo the damage, and how Los Angeles never had a chance to experience him as anything but the enemy to its team, whether by wearing another uniform or being a symbol of what went wrong in the last two seasons.  

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Podcast! Steve Nash’s future, Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Mike D'Antoni, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash | 1 comment

Who else is looking forward to the All-Star break and five full days without a Laker loss and (presumably, although no promises) a Laker injury?

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

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Podcast! Bizarre wins, Steve Nash’s return, Pau Gasol in limbo, 50 Shades of Sasha

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Magic Johnson, Mike D'Antoni, Mitch Kupchak, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash |

Steve Blake, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar are back. Jodie Meeks and Nick Young are now out. The names on the injury list may change, but by and large, everything else remains the same, including a largely uninterrupted string of losses. Wish we had better news to report, but these podcasts are unfortunately based on true stories.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module, and a list of talking points are below. Among the highlights:

Click above to play, or just download the show hereHope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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Podcast! Pau stays, Shawne goes, Kobe’s All-Star plans, phobias, and a new role for Jim Buss?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Mike D'Antoni, Opinion, Pau Gasol, Podcast, Steve Nash | 1 comment

I won’t lie. These are difficult times for the Lakers. The future, whether for Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, or the franchise as a whole, is uncertain at best. Fans are growing restless. And the losses continue to pile up. Were it not for this podcast, the season would be downright unbearable.http://content.blubrry.com/kambrothers/Land_O_Lakers_1.8_2.0.mp3

You’re welcome.

The show can be heard by clicking on the module and a list of talking points can be seen below.

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on TuneIn.com by heading here.

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