This is a Lakers town, and Allen Sliwa is getting you closer to the team during Lakers Talk weekly on ESPN LA 710 and the ESPN App.
Allen shouts out everyone who came out to the Mandys and gives props to the entire 710 ESPN LA team. We all talked about … could Kyrie Irving really do it? Could he leave more than $30 million on the table to take a $6 million deal with the Lakers? Of course no! Sliwa discussed. Plus Jovan Buha joins Allen to talk about Kyrie and Wall. The Lakers had a rough day and took a hit, or did they? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sliwa opened up the show reacting to the report that Kyrie Irving could potentially come to the Lakers if things don't work out for him in Brooklyn. Allen says if this is true it would come down to "Russ vs Kyrie" and what's better for the Lakers. Sli is also nervous the Clippers could get in the Kyrie sweepstakes because they have the assets to pull it off. Plus, would Bradley Beal be a good fit for the Lakers? Al thinks so. And, can Darvin Ham "turn around" Russell Westbrook's career? Lakers Nation's Trevor Lane joined Sli to talk Kyrie Irving and if he could fit in with the Lakers. Then, the Lakers, who don't have a pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, could be trying to find a way to get in the 2nd Round. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Allen started the show reacted to Anthony Davis saying he hasn't "shot a basketball since April." Sli thinks people are frustrated with the AD quote because he doesn't get a "free pass." Then, is LeBron holding up the Lakers' offseason with his decision on his contract extension? Sliwa discussed. Plus, LA Times Lakers Beat Writer Brad Turner came on to talk about the report of Russell Westbrook using his player option to stay on Lakers and his impressions of new head coach, Darvin Ham. Also, Sliwa talks about the 20th year anniversary of the "three-peat" Lakers that had Shaq/Kobe/Phil and the last time in NBA history to win 3 straight NBA titles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's official now, Darvin Ham is the new Lakers head coach! Allen shares how much he loves the journey Ham has been on to be a head coach! There was a special guest at the Lakers presser that turned heads. Plus, Allen shares his experience at the Lakers facility and the history it has. Does the new coach have a role for Russ? Also, Jovan Buha from the Athletic joins Allen to share his thoughts on the new head coach. He also shares what the Lakers could offer potential players, And, a legendary player can potentially be the Lakers new assistant coach. Allen shares his thoughts on the NBA Finals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Lakers finally hired a new head coach - Darvin Ham. Allen reacts to the new head coach hire and what this really means for the Lakers. Sliwa want to talk to LA and opens up the phone lines. Also, Allen shares why he's excited for the NBA Finals even though the Boston Celtics are competing for a championship. Plus, Sli isn't convinced that the Lakers won't give up assets to get rid of Russell Westbrook but some think he can still make it work with the Lakers. And, the Russell Westbrook debate continues plus Allen previews the NBA Finals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With the Lakers supposedly down to their "finalists" for the head coaching job, Allen tries to compare LA with the Charlotte Hornets' head coaching opening and whether the LA opening would be good for these candidates. Also, Sliwa gives his pick for the Lakers' head coaching job. Plus, what to do with Russell Westbrook? And, Lakers Nation's Trevor Lane joined the show to give his take on the coaching search and his reaction to Magic Johnson's comments to the Athletic about the team. Then, Sli wonders if this Golden State Warriors dynasty matches up with past NBA dynasties. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Allen starts the show talking about the report from the Athletic that Lakers coaching candidates were asked how they would "use" Russell Westbrook. And, speaking of Lakers' coaching candidates, Sliwa goes down the list of potential coaches broken down in three groups. Then, Lakers Radio Analyst and ESPNLA personality Mychal Thompson came on to talk about what he's doing with his time since the Lakers didn't make the playoffs and his observations about the NBA Playoffs. Then, Sli gave his thoughts on the NBA Playoffs, which is down to the Final Four. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With the big news that the Lakers started to interview candidates for their next head coach over the weekend, Sli goes down the list of the potential choices that could lead the team next season. Then, Sliwa talks about the possible roster changes that could happen, like a trade involving Anthony Davis or LeBron James. Also, Jovan Buha of the Athletic called in to talk about the pros/cons of every potential candidate for the Lakers' head coaching job and other Laker-related news. And, Sliwa gives his opinion on who should have won the MVP award instead of Denver's Nikola Jokic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sliwa opened up the show discussing what direction the Lakers should go to for the next head coach. Should they go for experience in Nick Nurse or Doc Rivers? Or should they go with a younger, hungry candidate in Darvin Ham? Sli explains. And should Phil Jackson have "a say" in what goes on with the Lakers? Sliwa thinks so. LA Times' Brad Turner joined Allen to talk about the coaching search and possible roster changes. Then, Sliwa tried to answer the many "question marks" the Lakers have in their offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sliwa started the show talking about whether the Lakers made the "right choice" in trading Brandon Ingram for Anthony Davis, after Ingram's tear in his first 4 career playoff games. Also, Allen reacts to the comments Dwight Howard had about "running back again." Plus, should the Lakers trade the last of their assets? To talk more about Dwight's comments and possibly trading away assets was Lakers Nation's Trevor Lane. Then, Sli reacts to LeBron's playoff tweet and also talks his observations so far during the 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sliwa started the show wondering if the Lakers should just stick with LeBron, AD and Russ for one more season instead of breaking up the "Big Three." Plus, Sliwa brought up LeBron's possible extension this Summer, which could cost the Lakers $97 Million, and if the best thing for both sides to do the extension. To talk more about this and potential roster changes was ESPN's Bobby Marks. Then, Sliwa reacted to last weekend's Game 1's in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs and what he expects to happen this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Allen allows the fans to react to all the news that broke today. Frank Vogel has been officially fired and we're spending an hour together to make sense of everything. There's so much blame going around but who deserves the biggest piece of the pie? Allen takes calls from Lakers fans who just want to sound off. Vogel is now gone but we need to look at the entire organization to be able to move forward. And, where do the Lakers go from here? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With the Lakers now officially eliminated from the playoffs, Sliwa looks back on the season to see where everything went wrong for the Lakers. Sliwa also looks at what the Lakers could potentially do in the offseason, in the Front Office and on the Court. Eric Pincus from Bleacher Report and Sport Business Classroom came on with Sli to talk more about the Lakers' offseason options, especially for Russell Westbrook. Then, Allen looks ahead to the last 3 regular season games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With the Lakers losing a huge game to the New Orleans Pelicans over the weekend, Sliwa looks at the chances of the Lakers getting in the play in tournament with the San Antonio Spurs "right on the heels" of the Lakers. Allen has a theory that teams will try to do "whatever they can" do keep the Lakers out the playoffs. Also, an update on the status of LeBron's ankle and AD's possible return "sooner rather than later." Plus, LA Times' Brad Turner calls in to talk about what he's seen from the Lakers during their road trip and his thoughts on their chances of making the play-in tournament. Then, a preview of this week's games, which include a rematch with the New Orelans Pelicans.
Sliwa started the show wondering if the Lakers, especially Russell Westbrook, are starting to "turn it around" after 3 hard fought games that resulted in 2 wins in the past week. And, LeBron has been breaking all kinds of records recently, so Sliwa took time to reflect on his greatness. Also, to talk more about LeBron, the Lakers and all other things NBA, was ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Plus, Sli looks ahead to this week's big 76ers/Lakers matchup and what it means for both teams.
Sliwa opened up the show talking about the Lakers' "lack of fire" to start games lately and how they have big deficits at the beginning of games. Also, Allen reacts to the comments that Anthony Davis made about last season's 1st Round series loss to the Phoenix Suns. And, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says the Lakers could "have a shot" in this season's playoffs if they matched up against the Memphis Grizzlies and Sliwa disagrees. Then, a look ahead to the Lakers' big 4 game road trip which includes a trip to Minnesota to face Karl Anthony-Towns, who just had 60 points in a recent game.
Sliwa started off the show giving an update on LeBron James' knee for the Lakers' next game vs the Houston Rockets. Plus, reaction to Magic Johnson's comments that if the Lakers don't make the playoffs, the Russell Westbrook trade was the worst trade in Lakers' history. Then, Lakers Nation's Trevor Lane joined Sliwa to talk about Russell Westbrook's recent play, the team's woes lately, and decision making process among the Lakers' front office. Also, Sliwa looked ahead to what comes ahead this week for the Lakers.
With the Lakers electing to make a trade before last week's NBA Trade Deadline, Sliwa thinks the Lakers didn't have "enough assets" to get a real trade done. And, how active will the Lakers be on the buyout market? Sliwa thinks they could make a couple moves within the market, including saying "hello to an old friend." Plus, Sli has a revelation: He's lost faith in Anthony Davis. Also, Sliwa reacts to LeBron James passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for on the All-Time (regular season and postseason) points list. Then, Allen reacted to the last week's NBA Trade deadline that saw blockbuster deal between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.
Allen opened the show a little concerned with the Lakers upcoming schedule that have the Lakers pitted up against playoff teams. Then, Sliwa proposed a "not-so crazy" idea for the Lakers: Have Russell Westbrook come off the bench. Also, why isn't Anthony Davis talked about more when the topic of "best big man" in the NBA comes up? Then, ESPN's Bobby Marks came on with Sliwa to talk about the Lakers' options at this Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline and also what they could do in the buyout market. Plus, a look ahead to this week's Lakers/Bucks matchup.
Sliwa opened up the show with look back on the annual Lakers "Grammys Road Trip." Also, is Russell Westbrook more effective "by himself" or "with teammates?" And, Sli looks at what trade assets the Lakers have, and if it's a good idea to "trade or not to trade." Then, Sli looks ahead at the Lakers' homestand which includes matchups vs the Portland Trail Blazers and the LA Clippers. Spectrum's Mike Bresnahan called in to talk to Sli about what the Lakers plan on doing with LeBron's and AD's injuries and how they view the NBA Trading Deadline. Plus, Allen goes across the league with some of the top NBA stories.
The Lakers got big news today in that Anthony Davis is close to returning to the court since being out since mid-December. Sliwa reacts to the good news and if AD could "the savior" that the Lakers need in the 2nd half of the season. Plus, why isn't AD in the Jokic/Embiid best big man debate? Then, Sli talked a little about all the crazy, wacky trade rumors out there with more than a month to go for the February NBA Trade Deadline. The Athletic's Jovan Buha joined Allen to talk about AD's return, what it means for the team and if his return will "spark" the Lakers' 2nd half of the season. Also, Sliwa looks ahead to the rest of the Grammy trip.
Sliwa started off the show with the Lakers' huge win vs the Utah Jazz and what it means for the team. Then, Sli talked about the Athletic report that had Frank Vogel on the "hot seat." Also, Anthony Davis should be back soon, but Sliwa wonders if he's the "Savior" of the season. Then, ESPN's Brian Windhorst joined Allen to give his impressions of the Lakers more than halfway through the season and why the Lakers need "AD to be AD" to win a title. Also, Sli looked ahead at the Lakers "Grammys trip."
Allen gets real about where the Lakers are at this point in the season. Do you still have faith in this Lakers squad? Allen expresses how it felt to see Anthony Davis shoot around the basketball but what does that actually mean? Plus, Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation joins Allen. And, let's go around the NBA.
First show for the New Year of 2022 but Sli thinks the Lakers are still playing inconsistently even after a two game win streak. Allen is also a little concern that Russell Westbrook will basically “shrug his shoulders” after having a 9 turnover game. And, reaction to the Rajon Rondo trade that sent him to the Cleveland Cavs. Then, Sliwa looks ahead to the week for the Lakers and Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving's first game this season.
The Lakers take a loss against the Chicago Bulls, but don't be too disappointed Lakers fans. Anthony Davis will be out for at least four weeks, how concern should we be? Sliwa share his thoughts on the past few Laker games. Allen recalls a memorable day for Laker fans but specifically for Kobe Bryant fans, Sliwa is joined by The Athletics Lakers beat writer, Jovan Buha. Jovan shared his thoughts on Anthony Davis and on how he hasn't given up on the Lakers just yet. And, Allen goes around the NBA and looks ahead the Lakers schedule.
Could we see Ben Simmons in the purple and gold? Sliwa doesn't think so but he does want to see Detroit's Jerami Grant in a Laker uniform. Also, is there a real possibility that the Lakers "give up" on the Russell Westbrook experiment? Plus, Sliwa takes a look at the real value of having or not having Talen Horton-Tucker on the roster. And, with COVID hitting sports hard right now, Sliwa looks at how the Lakers are affected by the recent outbreak. Then, a lookahead to the week ahead for the Lakers which includes a big 3 game road trip against quality opponents.
Do the Lakers, as currently constructed, have what it takes to the NBA Finals? Are they "on par" with Phoenix and Golden State? Sliwa tried to answer the question. Plus, Sli thinks the Lakers have tried everything to "fix their woes." And, what's up with THT in the last 5 games? Then, Sli got us ready for the Lakers' most hated rival, the Boston Celtics.
The Lakers barely get a win against the Detroit Pistons last night. Allen wants to start out positive and with an optimistic attitude even though it's a bit short. Now who is to blame for this, Rob, LeBron, or Vogel? Plus, Allen shares a few tweets from Lakers fans, what are the concerns? Allen looks at where the Lakers are in the ESPN's power rankings. And, he looks ahead to what's next for the Lakers.
The Lakers fight to get the win against the Detroit Pistons but that wasn't the story of the night. LeBron James is ejected from the game due to a flagrant 2 foul. Allen breaks down AD's and Russell Westbrook's game, they looked great! Plus, Trevor Lane from LakersNation.com and shares his thoughts on LeBron's suspension and where are the Lakers right now? And, Allen looks ahead of the Lakers schedule.
The Lakers take an L to the Chicago Bulls last night and we don't know how to feel about it. Allen Sliwa shares his thoughts on how the Lakers are playing and is very candid. Should we be worried or is it still be early? THT is back but is that enough for the Lakers to get W's? Anthony Davis gets thrown out of the game and no one can believe it. Plus, Marc Spears from The Undefeated joins Allen Sliwa. And, the Lakers go on the road for the next few games.
Allen Sliwa says NO game is guaranteed for the Lakers, especially when they're missing King James. Is Russell Westbrook capable of changing his game for the good of the team? The Lakers have several players putting up big numbers, but are they really just empty numbers? What were Sli's thoughts on LaMelo Ball's game versus LA? Jovan Buha joins the show and discusses the Lakers' terrible record without LeBron and what AD needs to do to take the next step.
The Lakers are on a winning streak and we love it! Allen Sliwa starts by giving Carmelo Anthony his flowers, he's looking great. Anthony Davis makes a move that will make sense for the Lakers. Anthony Davis is the cheat code and we need to highlight were he needs to be, but Allen feels he needs to adjust how he sees AD. Plus, Allen is joined by Brian Windhorst from ESPN to talk about where the Lakers are exacty. And, the Lakers take on Huston tomorrow and it should be another W.
Allen Sliwa starts with looking at the Lakers first week. The Lakers finally get a win but they have a long way to go. Allen is joined by NBA writer Mark Medina. Plus, Allen discusses the scuffle we saw with Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard. And, Allen goes around the NBA, and shares how the Chicago Bulls are an exciting team.
Allen Sliwa is ready for the Lakers to open up their season against the Golden State Worriers tomorrow night. We're going to address the elephant in the room, what happened with the Lakers during pre-season? Plus, Allen was joined by Jovan Buha. And, let's move on from the pre-season and focus on the season,
The Ben Simmons saga doesn't get clear, Kyrie not backing down... and the anniversary debut of Magic / Bird in 1979 are some of the Top NBA Stories. Allen takes a look at the recent Lakers injuries. Lakers Nation Trevor Lane joins Allen and talks about the pre-season, who will be the center, the recent injuries, the Big 3's play and more. Allen takes a look at the pre-season and what is needed to come out of the gate strong in the regular season.
Allen opens talking about the slow pre-season start. Are you concerned about this... Lakers fans voice their opinions. When will the Lakers figure out how to make this top shelf lineup work? Lakers legend Byron Scott joins Allen to give his view of what he's seen so far, when the Lakers will be running smooth hitting all cylinders and more. Allen reacts to Byron's observations and how the Lakers get their 18th chip.
The Ben Simmons saga continues, will Kyrie get vaccinated... and Jamal Murray and Klay Thompson's return timelines are some of the Top NBA Stories. Allen takes issue with Marc Jackson's comments that the 2000 Pacers should of beaten the Kobe-Shaq Lakers. The Athletic's Jovan Buha joins Allen and talks about having a full crowd at Staples, AD's 5 minutes of work, the starting line up on opening night, the AD at the 5 question, the biggest threat in the West for team Lakers and more.
Allen opens talking about the pre-season scrimmage with the Nets and AD's 5 minutes, the only star in the game. Which Laker is more likely to win an MVP? AD says the Lakers have more work to get done after pre-season game 1. Spectrum SportsNet's Stu Lantz joins Allen and talks about the strengths and challenges for the Lakers this year. Allen reacts to Stu's comments and add a few of his own for this season.
Kawhi says he's a Clipper for the long haul, Giannis is not satisfied, Michael Porter Jr. get a five year Max, Kidd says Luka needs to rely on his teammates are some of the Top NBA Stories. LA Times' Brad Turner joins Allen and discusses Westbrook fitting in, the necessity of AD playing the 5, the expectations for THT, coach Vogel's extension and more. Allen comments on where ESPN ranks the Big 3 Lakers especially Anthony Davis. Dennis Schroder comments on the missed extension, Allen reacts.
On the eve on Lakers media day, Allen opens talking about how bad Russell Westbrook wanted to be a Los Angeles Laker. Rob Pelinka addresses rounding out the Lakers roster and the starting lineup. Lakers faithful call in with their own starting line up. Is it disrespectful to only extend coach Vogel contract one year ?
John Wall is available but can anyone afford him... 21 years ago Patrick Ewing traded to Supersonics from the NY Knicks, Aaron Gordon's big 4 year extension are some of the Top NBA Stories. Who are the top three Laker threats. Lakers have a new jersey patch sponsor Bibigo based in South Korea showing how international the Lakers brand is. Dennis Schroder has found his sense of humor in Boston. Shaq and Kobe, what could of been and more.
Allen opens talking about Anthony Davis and the question if he is a Top Five talent or Top Five player. Laker fans react. ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne joins Allen and talks about the AD 'Top Five' discussion, Steve Ballmer's comment about Laker fans feeling threatened and Ballmer also owning the Forum now... what will he do with it? Allen ask if Lakers fans are threatened by Ballmer's financial prowess...
NBA 'Field of Dream' game is being discussed, do upcoming HOF'er candidates really have HOF resumes... Donovan Mitchell says this year is the Jazz' year are some of the Top NBA Stories. Allen look at the Lakers role player tiers and how they will contribute. Lakers Nation Trevor Lane talks about THT potential this year, the new veteran arrivals and more. Allen reacts to C.J. McCallum's comments regarding the Lakers.
Allen opens talking about the departure of Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan's arrival and past free agent Lakers' experiences. What are the regular season goals for the Lakers, Allen discusses. Spectrum SportsNet's Mike Bresnahan joins Allen and explains why Russell Westbrook is the most important Laker at the moment, Marc Gasol's departure, DeAndre Jordan's arrival and more. Allen digest Bresnahan's comments.
LeBron can't compete in Rasheed Wallace 's era, Windhorst says Ben Simmons could sit out, 2021 HOF class inducted this weekend are some of the Top NBA Stories. Brian Windhorst isn't worried if the Lakers don't come out strong out of the gate and Jalen Rose says Rob Pelinka built the best team in the NBA, Allen reacts. Nets and NBA reporter for the NY Daily News' Kristian Winfield joins Allen talking about the Nets, the addition of Russell Westbrook, the LeBron vs KD emerging rivalry and the Kyrie question.
Allen opens talking about the addition of DeAndre Jordan to the Lakers roster. Did Laker fans have false expectations for Kyle Kuzma... Allen reacts. The Athletic's Jovan Buha joins Allen and talks about DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Kuzma how they will compete this year. Callers react to the expectations for Kyle Kuzma.
No buyout for Kevin Love in Cleveland, Lauri Markkanen in 3 team trade, Rucker Park 'Field of Dreams,' are some of the Top NBA Stories. Lakers faithful react to the recent acquisitions. Lakers Nation Trevor Lane joins Allen talking about Rajon Rondo's return, the remaining roster spots, the Jared Dudley situation and more. Allen expands on Jared Dudley going to the Mavericks' bench. Producer Funches and Allen talk about SI's C- grade for the Lakers off season moves.
Allen opens talking about the acquisition of Rajon Rondo; where does he fit into Purp and Yellow? Why did the Lakers pass on Isaiah Thomas? Is Deandre Jordan on his way to the Lakers and does this push out Marc Gasol? ESPN's Brian Windhorst joins Allen talking Rajon Rondo, free agency moves, who are the top teams now, concerns for the Lakers and more. Allen takes a look at the Lakers schedule.
Clippers send Rondo and Beverly for Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi's $176K extension, Marcus Smart $77M contract and Udonis Haslem starting 19th season with the Miami Heat are part of Top NBA Stories. Allen welcomes Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer who talks about the addition of Russell Westbrook, the Big 3 ratings, Western Conference threats for the Lakers and ratings NBA team's free agency moves. Comparing the Lakers vs the Clippers future chances for a ring. Allen and producer Funches look for additional free agency to round out the squad.
Allen opens talking about the strengths Russell Westbrook brings to get the Lakers a championship. What is the biggest concern for team Lakers this year. The Laker faithful chime in. Allen makes his case why this roster is an upgrade from last year. Allen goes down Bleacher Report's NBA Big 3 List, where were the Lakers?
Team USA wins the Olympic Gold, who was the greatest Team USA player ever... Luka's $207M supermax contract and the NBA's tampering investigation are part of Top NBA Stories. Allen welcomes The Athletic's Jovan Buha who talks about the new free agents joining, the age issue, the new long range shooters, the usage and criticism of Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder and the choice between Alex Caruso and Talen Horton-Tucker. Allen and producer Funches take a look at who was the biggest winners and losers in free agency... and the most underrated and disappointed signings.