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Dedicated to the Study of Lakers Basketball. Hosted by Pete Zayas and Darius Soriano.

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    • Aug 12, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 41:57

    With a new show about the Lakers set to debut on Monday, Pete and Darius discuss Legacy and Winning Time, and how they capture the Lakers story in different ways. Later, Mike joins and the guys roast him for being late and his speedy answer to which actor he'd want to portray him in a series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    All About AD

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 39:07

    With LeBron James and Darvin Ham reportedly agreeing that the offense should run through Anthony Davis more often, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what this could look like schematically, how much the load AD carries on defense will impact his ability to have this type of role on offense, and how much LeBron's own game -- as he ages -- impacts what AD's role on both ends should be.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Kobe + Pau + Lamar

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 45:18

    Pete, Darius & Mike reminisce about how Kobe, Pau & Lamar came together and break down why that brand of basketball was so beautiful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Lonnie Walker IV

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 42:49

    Pete, Mike, and Darius take a closer look at Lonnie Walker IV's game, including his natural fit in uptempo lineups, how playing with LeBron & AD might impact what he's asked to do, and the defensive issues that will likely impact his playing time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bill Russell

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 45:29

    Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the life and career of the incomparable Bill Russell in the wake of his passing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Nunn & THT

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 47:22

    Can Kendrick Nunn be the skill guard the Lakers need? Does Talen Horton-Tucker have the defensive ability and offensive upside needed to play in lineups with LeBron and Anthony Davis for longer stretches? Will either even be on the team next season and, if so, should they be counted on to produce to the level the team will need? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss both Nunn and THT's future with the team and all the variables at play for them to be viable rotation players. Then later, the guys dive into the most recent Kevin Durant trade rumors and debate whether the Celtics should be looking to trade for him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Forward Thinking

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 40:34

    Can Juan Toscano-Anderson or Stanley Johnson be the combo forward who slots between LeBron and Anthony Davis in a Lakers closing lineup? Do either have the full offensive skill set? What about the defensive versatility? Can both even play in the rotation if the Lakers start AD at power forward? Pete and Darius answer these questions by breaking down Stanley and JTA's games, the Lakers forward position in general, and some of the challenges of investing in this part of the roster when your best players already play those positions.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Austin's Role

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 41:43

    Austin Reaves was one of the few bright spots from last season's Lakers. Can he continue his development and make a leap towards being an even better rotation player next season? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Austin's importance to next year's team, what position he is and why his versatility matters to the roster, and whether he should be considered for the starting lineup. Later, the guys discuss the challenges of breaking into the lineup as an undrafted player and whether they think that will impact Austin's role next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Russ & the Rubicon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 40:54

    Do the Lakers actually need to trade Russell Westbrook? Are there scenarios in which he could return and help the Lakers on the court? What are the variables at play when considering a trade? Pete and Darius discuss and debate whether Russ returning next season is viable, whether a threshold exists in a potential deal, and how the futures of LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Darvin Ham all impact what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Restless Stars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 43:34

    From increased player movement to the more openness of players discussing their mental health challenges and everything in between, the nature of player happiness and its impacts on the NBA have become more and more important in recent years. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss these topics, how they've evolved over the years, and how they see them impacting the league today and moving forward.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Next Domino

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 42:03

    Will Kevin Durant actually get traded? Can a Donovan Mitchell trade be the domino that triggers more deals around the league -- including a potential Lakers trade? Pete and Darius discuss how KD's trade request reminds them of Kobe asking out in 2007, Mitchell's status in the league and how a Knicks deal could work, and why the Lakers might be lurking in the background of these bigger potential deals as hopeful beneficiaries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Future Firsts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 43:12

    How valuable is your future 1st round pick? This is a question the Hawks and T'Wolves just answered for themselves by making blockbuster trades for win-now players and one the Lakers will need to answer as they explore their own roster construction heading into next season. It's also a question the Pelicans, Jazz, and Thunder will need to answer in their own way as they stockpile future picks in the hopes of drafting their next great player. Pete, Mike, and Darius have an open ended discussion about how to value these picks moving forward and what infrastructure the Lakers have in place to help build out a contending team while accounting for the value of future picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Around the League

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 45:33

    What move this NBA offseason has stood out the most? Did the Wolves trade for Rudy Gobert or the Hawks trade for Dejounte Murray push them into the next tier? Does the Celtics trade for Malcom Brogdon or their signing of Danilo Gallinari make them favorites? What does losing Jalen Brunson mean to the Mavericks? How have the 76ers moves impacted their title chances? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and many more as they review the many moves of this NBA offseason so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    4-Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 42:02

    What did we learn from the Lakers summer league offense and how it might translate to what the team does when the real season begins? Whether it's needing a shooting big man, how offensive floor spacing helps transition defense, or why big man mobility is so useful, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what they've learned about what the Lakers want to do offensively and how some of their roster moves facilitate them doing it. Then later, the guys discuss the rule change around the "take foul" and whether they agree with the change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Limbo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 41:33

    Lakers leadership reportedly insist they're still not done building the roster for this upcoming season, but the summer continues to move forward and any reported potential roster moves appear to be more rumor than reality. Pete and Darius discuss the limbo the team (and its fans) find themselves in and what it means to navigate this part of the offseason that still has this much uncertainty. Later, the guys discuss the different options the team has for next season's roster and whether they think last season's performance impacts wanting a roster built around 3 stars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Two-Way Contracts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 40:05

    As Summer League winds down, Pete and Mike discuss what Cole Swider and Scotty Pippen, Jr bring to the table, the case for Jay Huff to get one of the two-way contracts, and how Javante McCoy has impressed as a scorer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Vegas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 39:25

    Summer League is here! Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Vegas Summer League experience, and delve into the details of Max Christie's game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Positional Battles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 44:44

    Pete and Mike discuss the implications of Anthony Davis' likely move back to the 4, what the Lakers need from their starting 5 if he does, the crowded battle in the backcourt, the importance of Juan Toscano-Anderson's role, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    New Lakers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 48:40

    The Lakers introduced their five newest members on Wednesday as the moratorium lifted. Pete, Mike, & Darius give their thoughts on the team's emphasis on youth and athleticism, Walker's unexpected addition, the promise of the Bryant/Jones duo, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    See You Soon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 42:37

    Pete and Mike discuss their hopes and expectations for free agency in the last pod until the moratorium lifts next Wednesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Thinking Big

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 44:21

    What type of center should the Lakers target in free agency? Is shooting or defense more important? Does he need to be a lob threat? Should the team try to sign more than one big man? How much does LeBron's minutes at center and Anthony Davis' minutes at PF impact these decisions? Mike and Darius answer these questions and many more as they continue to preview team needs and roster building as the Lakers get ready for free agency.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Taking Stock

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 45:51

    It's free agency week and the Lakers have several decisions to make, starting with their own guys who can hit the market on June 30. Pete, Mike, and Darius begin their discussion focusing on Malik Monk's pending free agency. How much should the Lakers value him? Can he play a big role on a title contending team? What kind of contract should he get? Then later, the guys discuss Austin Reaves and Stanley Johnson's team options and how the Lakers should value them, plus whether any of the other vets from last year's team should return next season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Draft Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 46:27

    The Lakers traded into the early second round, drafting Max Christie with the 35th pick. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss his short term limitations, long term potential, the team's philosophical shift toward player development, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Front Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 43:56

    Darvin Ham has reportedly added several assistant coaches to his coaching staff, including Chris Jent, Jordan Ott and Schuyler Rimmer. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the hires, what they think the challenges Ham will face as a first time head coach for the Lakers, the importance of retaining Phil Handy, and the general role assistants play on an NBA staff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Stargazing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 39:03

    As rumors emerge that tie the Lakers to potentially available star players around the league, Pete and Darius discuss the team's history of three star builds, and compare it to their other options this offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2022 Draft Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 41:33

    Although the Lakers have no draft pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Lakers are reportedly interested in buying a second round pick and struck gold in undrafted free agency with Austin Reaves last year. Pete is joined by Mike Garcia to discuss hidden gems who could be available in the draft & how they specifically could help the team: Julian Champagnie, Jabari Walker, Keon Ellis, Trevion Williams, Quenton Jackon & David Roddy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Thank the Gods

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 46:31

    The NBA season is over and the NBA championship was claimed by the Warriors (and not the Celtics). Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Warriors win and what stood out to them on their run through the Western Conference. Then, the guys discuss their individual histories of rooting against the Celtics and how Boston's run to the Finals impacted their general NBA fandom this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Big & Imposing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 44:35

    In the midst of draft workouts and free agency forecasts, decisions on how to build the next Lakers roster are on the front of our minds. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how to build out a roster when accounting for Russell Westbrook's potential return, debating what traits and positions to value, why catering to Russ has its benefits and its pitfalls, and why the answers the team seeks will likely be found on the wing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Establishing Identity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 43:21

    Extrapolating from what they've learned from these playoffs and last season, Pete, Darius & Mike discuss and debate what the team needs from Anthony Davis, his offseason, his shooting and what types of players the Lakers need to support Davis best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Golden Statement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 41:13

    The Warriors took a 3-2 lead over the Celtics, riding their home crowd to a crucial win in game 5 Monday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius break it all down and discuss Andrew Wiggins' big game, overcoming Steph's shooting struggles, the Celtics' fatigue, and Jordan Poole's shot making. Then later, they offer thoughts on what they expect to happen in Thursday's game 6. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Running Habits

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 46:14

    Pete, Darius & Mike continue their conversation regarding Coach Ham, delving into his comments about building running habits, what that means for the Lakers' spacing, the defense that catalyzes that style the 4 out 1 in system, and Russell Westbrook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Force with Force

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 45:39

    Through three games, the Celtics have taken a 2-1 lead over the Warriors in the Finals. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the themes of the series to this point, what's surprised them about both teams, why Steve Kerr's lineup choices need refining, and what they expect from the Warriors in game 4.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    AD is the Key

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 40:50

    In part 2 of their discussion of Darvin Ham's introductory press conference, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Ham calling Anthony Davis "the key" to the Lakers success next season. They break down the importance of Davis' availability, why his fitness level and approach to his physical build matters, and how the Bucks schemes on both sides of the ball can inform how Ham might deploy Davis next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Building Consensus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 44:54

    The Lakers formally introduced Darvin Ham as their head coach on Monday and he offered insights into some of his philosophies and, just as importantly, gave us a first glimpse of his presence and leadership qualities. In the first of 2 episodes, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Ham's intro presser, what stood out to them, and what his comments about Russell Westbrook tell us about Russ' potential future on the team and expectations for what his role will be if he is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Coach Ham

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 46:42

    The Lakers have hired Darvin Ham as their new head coach. Pete, Mike, and Darius react to the news, discuss the qualities they see both in Ham and in a successful head coach, and detail the stakes Ham walks into coaching this specific Lakers team. Later, the guys discuss what they'd like to see in Ham's coaching staff and the value the right assistants can bring.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Finals Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 49:38

    Can Boston's defense hold up mentally vs. the Warriors offense? Can the Warriors maintain their rhythm and technical precision in the face of the Celtics physicality? Can the Celtics defend without switching? Can the Warriors offense create the spacing it needs while still playing their big lineups? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and also dive into the Celtics offense vs. the Warriors defense, each team's depth, and even offer some predictions in their preview the NBA Finals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Playoff Lessons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 47:17

    Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what they've learned while watching the 2022 playoffs and how those lessons can be applied to the next Lakers roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Well Earned

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 42:53

    The Celtics held on to defeat the Heat in game 7, advancing to the NBA Finals in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Celtics win, the Heat's ability to rally late and keep the series competitive, and the general ingredients the Celtics needed to advance through the East by beating the teams they did. Later, the guys give their initial thoughts on the Finals and how the Celtics matchup with the Warriors.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Countdown to the Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 44:30

    The Warriors have advanced to the Finals and the Celtics are looking to do the same with the Heat on the ropes heading into game 6. Mike and Darius discuss the Warriors win, why they feel good for Klay Thompson and compare the Warriors backcourt right now vs. what it was when the team was winning titles. Then later, they handicap the Heat's chance to extend the series and debate how Anthony Davis matches up vs. the defenses of the Warriors and the Celtics we've seen these playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    When the Levee Breaks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 39:51

    Boston broke a defensive struggle open with a offensive burst in the second half that Miami couldn't match. Pete and Mike discuss how Boston's collective force has worn the Heat down, how that led to Miami's atrocious shotmaking, and how the attrition of the last couple of seasons should inform how the Lakers build their roster moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Quick Work

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 45:14

    The Heat didn't bring their offense to game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals and were promptly destroyed by a desperate Celtics team, who evened the series at 2 games a piece. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the demolition, focusing on Jimmy Butler's health, Bam's offensive struggles, and the Celtics defensive game plan to limit Miami's half-court offense. Then later, the guys discuss the status of the Lakers coaching search and what they like about Darvin Ham's candidacy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Speed Chess

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 46:23

    Miami and Golden State showed off their mastery of basketball theory in a pair of Game 3 wins this weekend. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the nature of making quick decisions under pressure, and how that's impacted the Conference Finals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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