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Anthony Irwin brings you a daily look into the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. He digs deep into all the latest around LA's premiere franchise on "Locked On Lakers" podcast, a part of the "Locked On Podcast Network". #nba #lakers

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    Ham, Atkinson and Stotts: The Lakers Have Three Finalists For Their Head Coaching Position

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 34:58

    The coaching search is, by all reports, getting near a conclusion as the Lakers are down to three candidates: Milwaukee assistant coach Darvin Ham, former Portland head coach Terry Stotts, and former Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson. Three very different names, with different qualifications, strengths and weaknesses, and no one candidate sticks out as the obvious choice. Given who is available, it's a reasonable group to narrow down to, but how do the Lakers make the final choice? Should it be the potential of Ham, who has never been a head coach before? Atkinson, who had a successful-if-strange stint with the Nets? Or the safe-and-unsexy Stotts, with a long track record in Portland? So much depends on what kind of team the Lakers want to put together. Can they tailor a roster to the strengths of each guy? Which guy would adapt best to the best team the Lakers can find? And who, exactly, is helping make the decision? Are the right people in the room, particularly relative to the last time teh Lakers went through this process? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers are down to three candidates. Does the list make sense? SEGMENT 2: The appeal of Darvin Ham. He feels like the most exciting option, but does that make him the best one? SEGMENT 3: Who is in the room for the Lakers? Is the process they're using sound? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Outside the Box Russell Westbrook Trade Ideas (How About Kyle Lowry?) ... and Kyrie to the Lakers?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 35:03

    The Lakers have a Russell Westbrook Problem, and Betonline.ag has the newest odds out for where he might end up should he end up moved. (Kyrie Irving, too, and the Lakers are high on that list.) It's filled with the usual suspects: Indiana, New York, Oklahoma City, Houston... but one team that's not there? Miami. And, prompted by a comment from a listener, maybe it's time to think about the Heat as a potential trade partner? How about Westbrook for Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson? Why that could work for Miami, and why it might even be a bigger risk for L.A.... Oh, and what about the idea of Kyrie on the Lakers? The odds put it at 7/1 if he leaves Brooklyn. Under what circumstances would Irving-to-LA look good? Finally, Austin Reaves got some love in the All-Rookie voting, one of the only positive stories to come from this dumpster fire of a season. What his success says about the strategy the Lakers need to adopt this summer. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The oddsmakers have spoken. Where might Kyrie and Russ land? Would Kyrie in LA be a good thing? SEGMENT 2: Looking at potential destinations for Westbrook. Floating a hypothetical that takes him to Miami. SEGMENT 3: Why Miami might do a Westbrook-for-Lowry/Robinson swap... and why the Lakers might not bite even if it looks on the surface like a good way out. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Sakara Sakara is a wellness company anchored in food as medicine, on a mission to nourish. Go to Sakara.com/LOCKEDON20 or Enter Code “LOCKEDON20” for 20% off at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Phil Jackson/Russell Westbrook Connection, plus a Radical Westbrook Thought Experiment

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 36:36

    Former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has, reportedly, noted support for point guard Russell Westbrook, who (as was noted on Wednesday's show) has a pretty decent chance of being in a Lakers uniform next season. Or at the least, being eligible to wear one, assuming the Lakers don't buy him out or pay him to sit on the sidelines. Jackson reportedly believes Westbrook wasn't utilized properly this season and is a fan of his talent. All of that could mean a lot of things, and all of it kinda makes fans a little nervous. Particularly those who don't think Jackson should have a significant voice in choosing the next head coach. So is the concern warranted? As always, God is in the details. Does "support" for Westbrook mean advocating for the Lakers to keep him? For trying to make the best of it if they can't find a good deal? Big difference between just those. From there, it's a Westbrook Thought Experiment. And it's a bold one! HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Phil Jackson reportedly is a Westbrook fan. What does that mean, exactly? SEGMENT 2: What are the odds Westbrook could be a credible contributor for the team this season? SEGMENT 3: A radical Westbrook thought experiment. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Sakara Sakara is a wellness company anchored in food as medicine, on a mission to nourish. Go to Sakara.com/LOCKEDON20 or Enter Code “LOCKEDON20” for 20% off at checkout. What are the odds that Westbrook can return and be a credible contributor for the Lakers next season? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Listeners React to Anthony Davis Trade Hypotheticals, and the Potential Return of Westbrook

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 35:26

    Tuesday, the show was centered around the hypothetical idea of the Lakers trading Anthony Davis. Why they ought to at least consider it, how it might help LeBron James and what kinds of packages they should look for. (Especially when trading Russell Westbrook is/should be a higher priority.) It's a thought exercise as much as anything—the Lakers are very unlikely to actually move him—but gets to the challenge of this offseason. It elicited a lot of reaction, which kicks off Wednesday's episode as well. People thought it was a great idea or a monumentally stupid one, with very little in the middle. Which gets to how complicated the repair job is for the Lakers. There is no clear path, it's a bunch of options all muddy and overgrown. Wouldn't they be better off just rolling with the core they have, asks one listener to Locked On Lakers on YouTube? Very possibly! But possibly, not, too. Meanwhile, reports from Sam Amick at The Athletic suggest the Lakers are talking to potential head coaching candidates about how they'd use Westbrook this season. Fans reacted poorly, but it would be malpractice not to have a plan for him, as a player, on the floor. He could be here, for sure, and if he is the Lakers need at least to try and use him. Finally, LeBron really doesn't like being out of the playoff spotlight. He did a Q/A this week, and while the results were relatively mild, the fact he did it at all was revealing. What would you want to ask him if given the opportunity? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Reacting to listener reaction about the concept of trading Davis. SEGMENT 2: Fans are upset the Lakers are talking to coaching candidates about Westbrook. SEGMENT 3: LeBron's Q/A, and inability to chillax while the playoffs go on. Proposing better questions that should have been asked. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Sakara Sakara is a wellness company anchored in food as medicine, on a mission to nourish. Go to Sakara.com/LOCKEDON20 or Enter Code “LOCKEDON20” for 20% off at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Should the Lakers Trade Anthony Davis? What Could That Look Like? Guest, Daman Rangoola!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 37:22

    The Lakers face some serious challenges in rebuilding a championship caliber team. If the goal is still to maximize LeBron James, is the best way to do that by trading Anthony Davis? What exactly would that look like? What kind of return could the Lakers get? Would they be better off targeting another established star, or would it be better to try to use Davis to find two or three young starting caliber players? Depth, you may remember, was a problem for the Lakers this year. Those questions, and more, are at the core of Part II of the conversation with Daman Rangoola (@damanr), a huge favorite on Lakers Twitter and a must follow for Lakers fans. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky with Guest Daman Rangoola SEGMENT 1: How Davis disappointed in multiple ways this season, and calls into question whether he should be counted on to be the superstar that the Lakers build around once LeBron is gone. Especially if he's not going to be on the floor for more than 50 games a season. Is this the best way to build depth on the team? SEGMENT 2: Could the Lakers do better by getting players who aren't as good as Davis, but are more reliably available? Does it matter that the Lakers don't get "equal" value at least insofar as star power goes? And kicking off some trade hypotheticals. SEGMENT 3: More trade hypotheticals. If you're going to move him, do you have to get the idea of the "ideal" Anthony Davis out of your head, when it comes to assessing what a good or bad trade looks like? Ultimately, are they just better off sticking with what they have? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Sakara Sakara is a wellness company anchored in food as medicine, on a mission to nourish. Go to Sakara.com/LOCKEDON20 or Enter Code “LOCKEDON20” for 20% off at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How Big Is the Gap Between the Lakers and Western Conference Contenders? Guest, Daman Rangoola!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 35:12

    The Lakers are on the outside looking in, with Golden State vs. Dallas in the Western Conference Finals, and Phoenix and Memphis, the top two seeds, knocked out. So does that mean there are no dominant teams in the Western Conference? Or a ton of excellent teams? Are there really one or two teams the Lakers need to catch, or is it a matter of leapfrogging six or seven legit contender-quality teams? Just how capable are the Lakers of making up that gap in an offseason where they have no margin for error? Now does it frame the disappointment of this season? How does all of that impact the future of LeBron James? That's all on the table with Daman Rangoola, a fixture of NBA social media (@damanr) and a favorite of Lakers-centric Twitter, in the first of two, TWO!, episodes. So should Lakers fans, and the Lakers organization, be at all encouraged by how the playoffs have shaken out? What does it reveal, both about the quality of the conference and the different ways winning teams can be constructed in today's NBA? The Lakers have limited options going forward, and have to nail whatever path they take... so what path should they take? Especially as it relates to LeBron James? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, with guest Daman Rangoola! SEGMENT 1: What have the Western Conference playoffs revealed about where the Lakers stand relative to the rest of the teams? SEGMENT 2: How the remaining teams, particularly the Dallas Mavericks, show there are different templates to win, as long as you commit to a real, cohesive plan and execute well. SEGMENT 3: How does the "Take Care of Your Stars" ethos help and hurt the Lakers, and how does it impact LeBron and their relationship? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Sakara Sakara is a wellness company anchored in food as medicine, on a mission to nourish. Go to Sakara.com/LOCKEDON20 or Enter Code “LOCKEDON20” for 20% off at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Talking HBO's "Winning Time" and Lakers Culture With "Showtime" Author Jeff Pearlman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 44:00

    Like it, love it or hate it, HBO's "Winning Time" has been a huge topic of conversation among Lakers fans (and former Lakers) for the last few weeks. Today, author Jeff Pearlman, whose "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s" provided the foundation for the series, joins the show. Pearlman talks about the surreal nature of seeing your work adapted for screen, the process of understanding how source material can be changed for storytelling purposes, and the controversies that have built up around the show. Moreover, Pearlman, who also chronicled the Shaquille O'Neal/Kobe Bryant/Phil Jackson Threepeat squads in "Three Ring CIrcus" is steeped in Lakers culture, and has a lot to say about how the team got to the state its in now - LeBron plays a factor - and the way history influences how the team operates. If you like the series, are interested in writing, or just want to dive into some Lakers history, this is the show for you. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, with Guest Jeff Pearlman SEGMENT 1: On how "Winning Time" came to be, and what it's like to have work adapted for screen, especially when liberties are taken with the source material. SEGMENT 2: On the controversies around the storytelling. Is criticism fair? What's the balance that should be struck between storytelling and history? SEGMENT 3: How history impacts Lakers culture. Does their history of success put them in a box? Do they sometimes misunderstand the sources of their own success? Why have things gone wrong the way they have? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Scouting Terry Stotts: Would He Be a Good Fit as Head Coach of the Lakers?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 39:10

    Other names have dominated the conversation (including on this podcast) but quietly, former Portland head coach Terry Stotts has become the odds-on favorite to be hired as the next head coach of the Lakers. And while he wouldn't qualify as a particularly exiting hire, the 64-year old Stotts has a reputation for designing good offenses and led the Blazers to a near-decade of uninterrupted playoff appearances. Then again, those Portland teams hit a wall, and Stotts was fired. So would he be a good replacement for Frank Vogel, working with (presumably) LeBron James and Anthony Davis (and, at least for now, Russell Westbrook)? Mike Richman, host of Locked On Blazers, joins the show to break down all things Stotts. Plus, how many teams around the league would switch circumstances with the Lakers? Like, coach, GM, owner, roster, cap situation, draft capital and so on? Basically everything save city, building and uniforms? Are the Blazers in a better spot than the Lakers? Richman weighs in. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Scouting Terry Stotts. What's he good at? Is the reputation as an offensive innovator deserved? SEGMENT 2: What might Stotts look like as coach of the Lakers and LeBron? What about the shortcomings Blazers teams had on D? SEGMENT 3: Would Mike rather be the Lakers or the Blazers right now? Who has a better path in front of them to get back to contention? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss Speaks! Impatience, Luxury Taxes, Accountability, and More.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 36:08

    Lakers owner/governor Jeanie Buss gave a rare interview with Bill Plaschke of the LA Times. She covered a lot of ground, starting with her frustration around this season's big, bold and ultimately wasted investments, and growing impatience with the direction the team has been trending. Buss also discussed accountability, putting herself at the top of the decision tree and noting she'd be willing to make whatever tough decisions are required going forward. And there was much discussion of other branches on that tree, from GM Rob Pelinka to special hoops advisor Kurt Rambis to... whatever Linda Rambis is. Buss says that Linda Rambis isn't involved in basketball operations, but also didn't really clarify exactly what she is doing, either. So in the end, did the interview make you feel better about the team than you did Tuesday morning? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Jeanie Buss speaks with the LA Times. This, in itself, is worth talking about. She hasn't communicated much with Lakers fans directly or through the media, and it hasn't helped the franchise. SEGMENT 2: What does accountability mean? Would Buss be willing to fire Pelinka if needed? What about Kurt Rambis? SEGMENT 3: What's the deal with Linda? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Quin Snyder Seems Set in Utah. How Does That Impact the Lakers' Coaching Search?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 34:05

    Quin Snyder met with the media in Utah Monday, and while he didn't explicitly say "I'm not leaving the Jazz to go coach the Lakers," he made it pretty clear he's not intending to go anywhere. The Jazz have made it clear they're not firing him. So while he was surely a long shot anyway, it's pretty clear now that Quin Snyder won't be the next coach of the Lakers. Where does that leave them? With a bunch of lower profile candidates, most of whom will be very hard to separate in concrete terms. So that means they'll have to decide the qualities they seek, and the type of team they want to build and choose accordingly. That's a process question, and one the Lakers have struggled with of late. So far, though, the process has looked pretty good! A diverse list of names, no groups included or excluded for dumb cosmetic reasons. Will it continue. Meanwhile, Monday's show included a lot of talk about Mark Jackson and reasons he might not be the best choice for L.A.. It generated a lot of commentary on the Locked On Lakers YouTube page. How much does Jackson's open, strong Christian faith (he's an ordained minister who tied that faith into his coaching with Golden State) count as a strike against him? Is the media (including the hosts of this show) being unfair on that end? Finally, how important is it the Lakers find a coach who can handle Russell Westbrook? Reports have noted that the bad chemistry between Russ and Frank Vogel was an important factor in letting Vogel go. But he's going to be traded, right? Well... HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Quin Snyder looks like he's staying put. How does that impact the coaching search? SEGMENT 2: Responding to questions about questions about Mark Jackson. SEGMENT 3: Does the next coach have to be ready to handle Russell Westbrook? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Kings hire Mike Brown. Are the Lakers Now More Likely to Hire Mark Jackson?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 33:35

    The Sacramento Kings have settled on former Lakers head coach Mike Brown, in a bit of an upset given the attention that had been given to Mark Jackson as a favorite for the gig. Jackson, though, has interviewed for the Lakers job, so the fact he's still on the market seems very relevant. He does reportedly have the support of LeBron James, but the Lakers (who didn't hire Ty Lue when given the chance a few years ago) have shown that at least when it comes to coaches, they don't always do LeBron's bidding. Does it matter that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, one of the worst owners in the Association, was reportedly a big booster of Jackson while the basketball ops folks weren't? What about Jackson? He, like Brown, would be a "retread," but one with a very different path and background. He's been talked about for all sorts of jobs since Golden State fired him in 2014, including the Lakers position the last time around. If the Lakers really are going to bring him in, it certainly seems they should have some guarantees from LeBron that he'll be sticking around, first. Finally, should the Lakers maybe wait long enough to build a roster before they hire the coach, and try to match the roster they have to the coach they hire? Can they, with limited flexibility, give the new guy the roster he needs? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Mike Brown to Sacramento... Mark Jackson still on the market. SEGMENT 2: What reservations are fair to have about Jackson? Which ones aren't? What assurances should the Lakers need from James before committing to Jackson? SEGMENT 3: Are the Lakers putting the cart ahead of the horse hiring a head coach before filling out the roster? Can they actually tailor their personnel to the new guy's strengths, given their limited means? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Russell Westbrook Could Be A Laker Again Next Season. Plus, Going "Year to Year" with LeBron

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 33:02

    After news that Phil Jackson was advising the Lakers on who to hire as the team's next head coach was a topic of conversation, reports that some people connected to the team might not be happy about it. Is it LeBron James/Rich Paul, who have clashed with Jackson before? Rob Pelinka? Agents? Other players? Why is it problematic that the Lakers seem to have so many important voices who aren't on the payroll? And oh, by the way, Jackson is reportedly a big Russell Westbrook fan. Might his involvement increase the chances Westbrook returns? Because Lakers fans should understand there's a very real possibility Westbrook could return next season. The Lakers might find it hard to move him in a deal that doesn't hurt them, first and foremost, and if he's back it makes sense (or could) to try and make things work on the court before just paying him to go away. Westbrook might have a vested interest in playing and restoring some of his rep, and the Lakers could perhaps use the talent. Not saying it will happen—ideally, it seems both parties would prefer a quick divorce—just that everyone (Lakers included) needs to prepare for a different outcome. Finally, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports the Lakers are ok with the idea of going year to year with LeBron, should he choose not to sign an extension this summer. How might this arrangement benefit both sides? It could, but requires everyone to understand the arrangement very clearly. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Who might be upset that Phil Jackson has a hand in the coaching search? And why? SEGMENT 2: Why Russell Westbrook could return to the team next season. SEGMENT 3: Can the Lakers go "year-to-year" with LeBron? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is Trading LeBron James an Option? Plus Adrian Griffin Enters the Lakers Coaching Search

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 35:31

    ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday said the Lakers should trade LeBron James, since Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis torched their value, and there's no other way to improve... but is it even possible to create a deal that would make sense for both sides? Meanwhile, The Lakers coaching search has added Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin. Solid resume, though he's not even on the board when it comes to the oddsmakers forecasting who might get the job. The longest longshot? James as player-coach! Assuming he's not traded, of course. Finally, LeBron expressed his disgust at the voting for Most Improved Player, which went to Memphis guard Ja Morant. Not because he thinks Ja isn't good, but because he thinks he was too good already to even have been considered. So is he right? LeBron's problem with the voting gets to a bigger issue: Save maybe Rookie of the Year and 6th Man of the Year, does anybody really know what the criteria are to win these things? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers will interview Adrian Griffin for their head coaching gig. Good candidate? SEGMENT 2: Should the Lakers trade LeBron? Stephen A. thinks so, but it could be a lot tricker than he seems to think. SEGMENT 3: LeBron James takes on the dweebs in support of Ja Morant. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Lakers are Reportedly Consulting Phil Jackson As They Look for a New Head Coach

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 33:36

    So the Lakers don't appear to be in a big hurry to replace Frank Vogel with a new head coach, but as names like Quin Snyder, Darvin Ham, Nick Nurse, and others swirl around, another familiar one has surfaced as an old friend has been enlisted to help them find the right guy. Phil Jackson. Yes! Phil Jackson! What exactly can Phil bring to the coaching search? He is, by all accounts, close to Nurse, who would undoubtedly be a huge get for the purple and gold (if, and it's a big if, they could convince Toronto to let him go). On the other hand, how connected is Phil to the slate of available candidates out there? And more importantly, what does it mean that the Lakers keep going back to the same people over and over and over, and seem unable to reach outside the proverbial family for any sort of guidance? Would it kill them, perhaps, to just beef up the basketball ops department rather than asking, say, Magic Johnson for more help? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: News! Phil Jackson is apparently part of the coaching search braintrust. Why are we back here again? SEGMENT 2: What could Phil bring? In a vacuum, it's fine he's part of the search. Except we don't live in one of those, and L.A.'s inability to think creatively about consultants is distressing. SEGMENT 3: Jeanie Buss obviously wants what's best for the team, and wants them to be good for the fans. But how comfortable is she sitting in the hot seat, so to speak? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is Darvin Ham a Good Candidate for the Lakers Coach? Mark Jackson? Who Else? (Guest: Kevin Arnovitz)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 36:41

    On Monday's episode, ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz broke down the bind the Lakers (with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook), and other "mercenary" style NBA teams like the Clippers and Nets face when building a roster that tries not only to have talent but cohesion and culture. The second half of the show focuses on their coaching vacancy, which is seemingly thought of by Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss as too big for a first-timer like, say, former Lakers/current Bucks assistant Darvin Ham? Well, according to Arnovitz, not so much. He points to Ham as a blindingly obvious candidate for the Lakers to interview (which he actually said before news broke into the weekend that the Lakers will, in fact, talk with him). Are there other assistants out there the Lakers should be paying attention to? What about among the "retreads?" All of this points to big questions about the process we're about to see play out. There are no slam dunk obvious candidates. There are many the Lakers could probably find success with, if that coach is given the right tools, the right roster, and a culture that makes sense. Will that happen? Are the Lakers more concerned about winning the press conference? Keeping control in the basketball ops department by choosing assistants and having Kurt Rambis sit in on coaches meeting We're about to find out. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky (Guest: Kevin Arnovitz) SEGMENT 1: The narrative is the Lakers aren't a "starter job." It's one belied by their history. Will the Lakers limit themselves, though? SEGMENT 2: All about Darvin Ham! SEGMENT 3: What kind of process will the Lakers take in their coaching search? Who gets on the list and why? More importantly, who doesn't get on the list, and why? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Can the Lakers Build a Culture That"s More Than Just "Superstars?" Guest: Kevin Arnovitz

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 37:16

    Heading into this season, the Lakers, with a superteam headed by LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, were considered among the favorites to win a championship. But like the equally star-laden Nets and Clippers, now find themselves with questions to ponder after a massively disappointing season. Around the league, is chasing stars at all cost emerging as a faulty approach? Joining today's show is ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, one of the smartest basketball writers out there, who introduced the idea in a column a couple weeks ago. One major problem he identifies is culture and chemistry, and the challenges sustaining either in situations where stars come from the outside and don't have any proverbial skin in the game. The Lakers certainly had problems with both this season. Do they need to create some sense of culture that reaches past "Superstars!" What are the problems that can come with the "all mercenary" superteam construction? Wh does it matter if players don't have deeper skin in the game, that can come from spending time in an organization during more formative periods? What might be happening on Earth 2, where the Lakers made a point of leveraging the talent of the "Baby Lakers," rather than making it abundantly clear that the only purpose of the young guys was as trade fodder for a star. What is LeBron's future with the team? Why it might benefit the Lakers to build a culture that goes deeper than "superstars... and go!" HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky (Guest, Kevin Arnovitz!) SEGMENT 1: Why the Superteam! construction might be in peril. Where they tend to go wrong. SEGMENT 2: What can the Lakers rebuild a culture given all their roster turnover? SEGMENT 3: Do the Lakers use "Win at all costs" as a shield to avoid making harder, and potentially unpopular, decisions they'd have to explain? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Can the Lakers Get Value in a Russell Westbrook Deal? (Guest: Jovan Buha, Part II)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 34:35

    In Part I of our conversation with Jovan Buha of The Athletic, we covered the LeBron James and Anthony Davis core, how viable it is, and what the Lakers might do to improve the supporting cast around them this summer. Central to that is the future of Russell Westbrook. Part II starts there. First and foremost, Jovan doesn't think the Lakers can bring Westbrook back, at least in a basketball playing capacity. If he's on the roster, the Lakers pay him to stay away. So that leaves a trade. What is realistic? Could the Lakers get Indiana to trade Malcolm Brogdon and Buddy Hield to LA? Would that cost them both of their available first round picks? Would that be worth it? What about the head coach? Whatever identity the team forges moving forward will come, at least in part, from the influence of the guy on the sidelines. Could the Lakers land a big fish like Nick Nurse? What about Quin Snyder or Doc Rivers if either becomes available? Mark Jackson? Would the Lakers take a shot on a coach with no experience as a head man? What about Mike Brown? He's an interesting story from the "retread" category. Would he be more appealing than a name brand like Rivers or Jackson? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky (Guest: Jovan Buha of The Athletic) SEGMENT 1: What to do with Russ. Is a really good trade out there? How about kinda good? SEGMENT 2: Who does Jovan believe the Lakers will target for their next head coach? SEGMENT 3: Conceptually, what would you like to see for the Lakers next year. Pitches for Sam Cassell and Mike Brown. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Are LeBron James and Anthony Davis Still a Championship Core? Guest: Jovan Buha, The Athletic (Part I)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 37:15

    The Lakers have a lot of work to do this offseason, but one of the more foundational bits of business is figuring out what they still have in their star core. After two years of injuries scuttling seasons, is the core of LeBron James and Anthony Davis still one that can be reliably championship caliber? If the Lakers are nervous about the pairing, what exactly can they do to move on? Can they have Lebron but not necessarily go all in to win with him? This is the starting point of a two-part conversation with The Athletic's Jovan Buha, It kicks off answering the "What do they have?" question regarding James and Davis, and from there moves into "What can they get to make things better?" Should re-signing Malik Monk really be the team's top priority? Are there more pressing needs, even if Monk represents their most positive contributor from this season who isn't under contract? What else can the Lakers do? How much of the roster improvement is tied to the Westbrook deal? So many questions, with some difficult answers for the Lakers. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky (with Guest, Jovan Buha!) SEGMENT 1: Jovan, Andy and Brian debate the strength of the LeBron/AD core. Have injuries sucked away too much potential? SEGMENT 2: Jovan breaks down where the Lakers can go from here. With few avenues to improve, they'll have to be very smart about how they plan and execute an offseason strategy. SEGMENT 3: Andy and Brian react to the conversation. If the Lakers don't build around Davis and James... what exactly can they do? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Russell Westbrook Removes the Lakers From His Instagram Page (Why It's Not *Just* Fun Internet Fodder)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 36:16

    Russell Westbrook has excised the Lakers (along with the Rockets and Wizards) from his Instagram page. Does that necessarily mean his relationship with the team is unequivocally over? Wrecked beyond repair? No, nor does it mean he's trying to feud with the team. For all we know, he's just doing some pruning to try and highlight his off-court ventures and charity work. But regardless of what message Westbrook is or isn't sending, he's certainly aware of how people will react, and the speculation it'll create. Plus, he left pictures of him playing with the Thunder... one of the potential trade partners the Lakers could match with this summer! INTRIGUE! All fun aside - and there's plenty of it - the news reflects just how scrutinized the relationship between Westbrook and the Lakers is now, and will be going forward. How much will the Lakers be willing to give up just to get away from his contract? Would they buy him out? Waive-and-stretch? Where is the line where ridding themselves of Westbrook comes at too high a price? Is there a scenario in which he's back, and actually playing for the team? Finally, Kyrie Irving said some stuff following Brooklyn's Game 4 loss to Boston that surely frightened Nets fans, but also pointed to the complex problems that come when teams build as Brooklyn has. Brooklyn, and the Lakers, it should be noted. There's a down side to going all in on stars at whatever cost. The Nets are in a better place than the Lakers (at least could be, though Kyrie and his contract status is a complicating factor), but both teams are exhibits for how and why the model for title team building may be changing across the league. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Russell Westbrook excises the Lakers from his Insta. SEGMENT 2: Is there a price that's too high to pay to get rid of Russ this summer? SEGMENT 3: More on the collapse of the Nets and Lakers. What's the lesson in teambuilding for the rest of the league? And for these teams, themselves? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    What the Failures of the Lakers and Nets Have in Common. Plus, Anthony Davis at the 4 or 5?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 35:08

    With the dispirited Brooklyn Nets on the precipice of getting swept by the Boston Celtics, the Kamenetzkys took a chance (that paid off!!!) of treating their defeat as fait accompli Monday night, and pre-recorded an examination the commonalities between their failures and those of the Los Angeles Lakers. Specifically, there were star-heavy foundations that collapsed, whether LeBron James/Anthony Davis/Russell Westbrook in L.A., or Kevin Durant/Kyrie Irving/Half of James Harden/None of Ben Simmons. In both cases, you had far too little consideration given towards elements like chemistry, personalities, accountability, leadership and conflicting goals. (To be fair to the Nets, their supporting cast was at least better constructed than the Lakers.) Moving forward, both franchises have big questions to figure out about their respective directions and futures, which raise questions about everything from the viabilities of "stars above all else" formulas to the importance of at least one superstar who's not a mercenary addition. Plus, ahead of Thursday's guest appearance by Lakers beat writer Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Kamenetzkys tackled a question from his recent mailbag. Do you expect LeBron and AD to the four/five moving forward? Or to slide back to the three/four? — @LakersSupply An unexpectedly heated debate ensued! Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky Segment One: The similarities between the Lakers and Nets during underperforming seasons. Segment Two: What the Lakers can learn from recent success about how to attempt retooling the roster this offseason. Segment Three: Andy and Brian argue about the importance of making Anthony Davis a designated, full-time, "stop resisting it" center. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron James Pledges Never to Miss the Playoffs Again! Plus, Russell Westbrook Scenarios!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 35:16

    He's on vacation, but LeBron James, serial watcher of basketball, is still glued to a television watching the NBA Playoffs play out without him, doesn't like it, and Tweeted that never again will he miss the playoffs. But while James didn't mention the specific team he'll be with, he presumably meant "with the Lakers. But all jokes(?) aside, it's a reminder of how much distance the Lakers have to travel before contention, even on the fringes, is a legit possibility. So with that in mind, is it an opportunity for the team to enter next season with a little more humility? Talk about building to something, and maybe turn down the heat on the season at the start? Because they'll definitely be sporting a brand new roster, and Lord knows a little time under the radar could be helpful. From there, a comment left on the Locked On Lakers YouTube page provided the inspiration for an entire show on Friday. And we're not done with it! We return to Socrates (the commenter, not the philosopher) for more. This time, it's about Russell Westbrook and where he fits in to a right and true rebuild, were the Lakers to go in that direction. Finally, assuming the Lakers can move Russ, what would that need to look like? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: LeBron declares himself playoff bound until retirement. SEGMENT 2: If the Lakers decide to tear it all down- still not the likely scenario by any stretch- where does Westbrook fit in? The answer might not please Lakers fans. SEGMENT 3: Looking at Westbrook trade scenarios. What are the basic ingredients the Lakers need to consider? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Does it Matter *Why* LeBron James Stays with the Lakers? Plus, How Do Fans Connect With the 2020 Title?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 36:48

    The show - which covers issues ranging from LeBron James' future in Los Angeles to Rob Pelinka's difficult upcoming offseason to the Lakers' 2020 championship's place among other purple and gold titles to Anthony Davis' health to Russell Westbrook -is mostly centered around a comment left by Socrates Thalassos on the Locked On Lakers YouTube page: "Lakers future looks very bleak. Aging LBJ. Always Damaged Aggression Deficient. No draft picks-expect them to trade 27 and 29 to help with next year and to get off Russ. A passive aggressive drama fuels the next 3 years of LBJ, since I think he probably will sign the extension because he wants to stay in LA, not because he wants to stay with the Lakers. After that a totally empty cupboard with maybe Austin Reaves, Wenyen Gabriel and some undrafted projects in it. If we're lucky they'll be as much fun as the Baby Lakers were. Next title maybe 2035 if they're lucky. More likely 2040. But hey a bubble championship in 2020!... Or blow it up, trade AD and LBJ for as much as you can get, let Russ play out his contract without spending assets to get rid of him and jump start the whole process. With any luck, in 3 to 5 years you're a contender again." That led to all sorts of discussion. It starts with a quick review of the way the roster performed - or didn't, more precisely - as logged by The Athletic's Jovan Buha in his Lakers Report Card. The point wasn't to parse the grades, but note how badly the Lakers missed on most of what they did, which explains the pessimism of Socrates. From there, it's LeBron talk. What happens if he's committed to Los Angeles and to staying here, even if he doesn't believe the Lakers will be able to deliver another title? Could the Lakers sell him, and the fans, on a vision that doesn't have them talking title in October? And finally, Socrates' comment about the bubble title prompted a Twitter inquiry that got A TON of response. How connected are Lakers fans to the 2020 title? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers get grades. What do they reveal about the roster? SEGMENT 2: How much do LeBron's priorities matter if his on-court output looks like it typically does? Could management sell fans on something short of high end title contention next year? SEGMENT 3: What kind of attachment do fans have to the 2020 title? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How Will the Lakers Approach Hiring the Next Head Coach? Guest: Dan Woike, LA Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 36:45

    On Wednesday's episode with Dan Woike of the LA Times, we covered the Russell Westbrook Experience. What it was like to cover him, and more importantly, what it was like for the players and coaches who had to work with him. From there, we turned to the question of accountability and transparency, and whether the Lakers are displaying either quality (and why it matters that, spoiler alert, they're not). Finally, as focus turns to the coaching search, it's worth asking why, specifically, Frank Vogel was canned. In today's episode - Part II with Dan! - we get deeper into the coaching question. What are the Lakers looking for in their next head coach? Where will they look? As things go from rumor to more concrete information about what options the Lakers are exploring, will a through line emerge between the candidates? Will it be a more scattershot approach? Will they provide an element of freedom, or will the front office dictate assistant coaches and continue sending Kurt Rambis to sit in on coaching meetings? Do the Lakers still worry too much about appearances? Are they a kind of old money organization that thumbs its noses at things "regular" teams have to do to be good? Answering big questions about this summer means grappling too with just how good the Lakers think they can be. Do the Lakers know? Are they ready to make hard choices with a longer time horizon in mind? GUEST: Dan Woike, LA Times HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: What are the Lakers looking for in their next coach? Where does Dan think they'll turn when the time comes to start interviewing? SEGMENT 2: Are the Lakers too concerned about appearances to do what needs to be done if hard choices/conversations are put on their proverbial doorstep? SEGMENT 3: First and foremost, the Lakers need to figure out what they can be next year. Can they really rebuild into title contention this fast? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Why Westbrook Went Wrong. Plus, Are the Lakers Holding Themselves Accountable? Guest: Dan Woike

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 35:02

    The Lakers have a tremendous amount of stuff to figure out this offseason - what to do with Russell Westbrook, what coach to replace Frank Vogel with, are LeBron James and Anthony Davis still a championship foundation, etc. - and a lot of it depends on developing a sense of self-awareness around where stuff went wrong. Until that happens, Jeanie Buss Rob Pelinka, Kurt/Linda Rambis and everyone else making decisions will likely flail about. Maybe they get it right. But then again, maybe they don't. Joining the show to discuss it all is Dan Woike, Lakers beat writer at the LA Times. We start with more insight into The Russ Experience. Woike seemed to get along, relatively speaking, with Westbrook through the season. Is that actually the case? What was it like to cover him, and why did everything go wrong? Clearly, he says, this was bad casting. Wrong dude for the wrong role he'd be expected to play. From there, it's a look at Rob Pelinka, the front office, and the idea of accountability. A day after OKC GM Sam Presti spoke for over two hours to local media in his exit interview, it was a reminder that Pelinka barely cracked 20 minutes, this on the day the Lakers fired Frank Vogel and hours after this dumpster fire of a season ended. Fair to say he left the dais with some hands still raised in the audience. Was he being accountable? Do they really know what they're accountable for? All of this, of course, is relevant to the coaching search. How the Lakers approach this stuff matters. The image they project to the outside world matters. Particularly if they want to chase one of the big names on the coaching market, should one come available (like Quin Snyder, Doc Rivers or Nick Nurse, for example). How much damage have they done to themselves? PART 1 of 2 with Dan! HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Westbrook Experience. How psychology and fit conspired to ruin something before it started in LA. The guy, it turns out, was way more complex than the Lakers knew what to do with. SEGMENT 2: How accountable is Pelinka holding himself? Does the org have a real idea what that means? SEGMENT 3: The roots of the coaching search. What led to Vogel's dismissal? What are the Lakers looking for from here? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How Close is Malik Monk to Other Elite Young NBA Players? How Much Should Lakers Fans Celebrate Failures of the Clippers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 36:10

    On Monday's show, we talked about ESPN's rankings of the 25 best players under 25 years old, based on production and potential. Our focus, vis-a-vis the Lakers centered on Austin Reaves and Talen Horton-Tucker. But as multiple people on the Locked On Lakers YouTube pointed out, that ignored Malik Monk, who at 24 is under the age threshold. So how close is he to making this list? Well... not very. And it's nothing personal, either. But not only is Monk nowhere close to the list's 25th ranked player - Memphis' Jaren Jackson Jr. - he's behind other players who didn't make the list. Think Anfernee Simons, Robert Williams III, Josh Giddey, OG Onunoby, Kevin Porter Jr., Jordan Poole, Saddiq Bey, Keldon Johnson, Gary Trent Jr., Jonathan Kuminga, Lonzo Ball and so on. So not only do the Lakers lack that kind of talent, they lack access to it. So does that mean it's better to start over? If so, that's almost certainly a guarantee the Lakers will be out of contention for a few years, and who knows if they get back? But if they keep pushing the LeBron/AD core and throw everything they have at it... they could end up in same place, except with future assets stripped away. It's a pickle. Meanwhile, more names are trickling out as potential persons of interest in the Lakers coaching search. It's VERY early and none of this truly indicates the thinking of the team, but one thing is clear: There's not much of a through line. Will the names get more coherent with time? Meanwhile, is this really the season for Lakers fans to relish in the failures of the Clippers? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: How close is Malik Monk to being an elite under-25 player? SEGMENT 2: What does Brandon Ingram's age say about the future paths available to the Lakers? SEGMENT 3: Early names in the Lakers coaching search, and a discussion of schadenfreude. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How a Lack of Young Talent Clouds the Present and Future for the Lakers. Plus, Misunderstanding Their Own History!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 37:13

    The Lakers are in a precarious spot right now. For the time being, even with LeBron James and Anthony Davis as a foundation, they don't look particularly built to win now. But in the meantime, any future without those two seems equally problematic, and to illustrate the the latter issue, the Kamenetzkys dug into ESPN's new list of Top 25 players under 25, based on future potential (Insider account required). Seventeen of the 30 NBA teams had at one player on that list. Of the remaining 13 teams without one, another six were currently in the playoffs. And that leaves seven teams, including the Lakers, in neither category. And when you look at the company they're keeping, it'll likely give fans serious pause. Talen Horton-Tucker and Austin Reaves have shown some promise, but neither have come close to belonging on this type of list. And while the Lakers have excelled at finding young talent inside and outside of the draft, they're low on picks, and can only hit the undrafted jackpot so many times. Which puts them in quite the pickle now and moving forward. Plus, do the Lakers misunderstand their own history? Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky Segment 1: Andy and Brian discuss the ESPN list. Segment 2: Why THT and Reaves have value, but at least for now, don't necessarily serve as quality building blocks or assets. Segment 3: What the Game 1's can teach us about the Lakers. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Rob Pelinka (Mostly) Takes Responsibility for the Lakers' Failures. Is He On The Hot Seat? Guest; Bill Oram

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 41:06

    During Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Rob Pelinka's exit interview earlier this week, he presented himself as taking full-throated responsibility for all facets of arguably the worst season in Lakers franchise history. Except, of course, when he refused to offer details as to why exactly Frank Vogel was pretty much the only person taking the fall for this season, despite having the least say in the choices that went south. Or when he presented decisions as stopping with him, but also including Jeanie Buss, Kurt Rambis, Joey Buss, Jesse Buss, etc. Which isn't to say that Pelinka didn't put himself out there as the face of these and future decisions. But as guest Bill Oram of The Athletic wrote in his piece about the somewhat cagey and haughty interview, the man at the top of the executive food chain has officially run out of people to use as a meat shield. The conversation with Oram discusses Pelinka's job security, Jeanie Buss' patience, the Lakers front office dynamics, what to do about Russell Westbrook and LeBron James' futures with the franchise, and much more. Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky Segment One: A recap about everything that went wrong this season, and why. Segment Two: Decisions Pelinka has made, bad or bad, and why chaos always seems to surround this front office. Segment Three; Where Pelinka lost his press conference, and would Jeanie Buss actually fire him in the event of another bad season? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is It Possible LeBron James Wouldn't Sign an Extension With the Lakers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 36:57

    LeBron James has spent a great deal of his time in Los Angeles fighting significant injuries. He's been told to stay off that bad ankle this spring/summer for at least a month, probably more. So with all that in mind, and his advancing age and tremendous NBA mileage, it's at least worth contemplating the risks of offering him a $90-plus million extension this summer. But this week, Sam Amick of The Athletic wrote an interesting story that asks the other side of the same question: Would LeBron automatically accept an offer from the Lakers (as everyone assumes the organization will do)? What are the reasons LeBron might turn them down? What might have changed about his perception of the franchise? Is it really any different now than it was when he signed with them originally? When he signed his first extension with the team? Finally, everyone (James included) poked fun at the Timberwolves for, let's call it an extremely enthusiastic celebration following Minnesota's win over the Clippers Tuesday night, making them (officially) the NBA's 7-seed in the Western Conference playoffs? Should people lay off? Should Minny be a little more measured? And most importantly, what does that outlook (nothing matters save a title!) do for fans? How can it screw up a team like the Lakers going forward? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Would LeBron James automatically accept a second contract extension if the Lakers offer it? SEGMENT 2: Why might LeBron be reticent about committing to L.A. beyond next season? Is it possible for everyone to benefit by going year-to-year with LBJ? SEGMENT 3: Let the Wolves have fun, people! Plus, how the "Everything that's not a ring is failure!" can be toxic for a team in the situation the Lakers face today. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron Reportedly Likes Mark Jackson as a New Coach. Would the Lakers Hire him?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 36:02

    As we all settle into the Lakers' offseason, big questions - and there are many - rumors and reports are already circulating about the direction the team might go in replacing Frank Vogel. One nugget reported by Sam Amick at The Athletic? LeBron James would be interested in the Lakers hiring former Warriors/current ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson. Now, this is highly unikely (Jackson was a rumored candidate after the Lakers canned Luke Walton, and even when the Cavs fired David Blatt), but the concept raises interesting questions about how the Lakers need to approach the coaching search. Because while Jackson is hardly the perfect candidate, that guy doesn't exist. It's very unlikely the Lakers will have access to the creme de la creme of uber-elite coaching options. So they need to be very clear on what they want, why, and who can deliver on their top priorities. From there, they have to match that coach with a roster that accentuates those strengths. That certainly didn't happen this season. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Stanley Johnson's exit interview revealed a lot about how the Lakers mismatched players and roles. Getting the right mindset to play the right role isn't always easy for decorated pros. SEGMENT 2: Johnson also noted how skillsets on the Lakers didn't quite mesh, either. Understanding why, and getting a more coherent construction for next year's roster, is critical. SEGMENT 3: The Lakers seem (very, very) unlikely to hire Jackson, but just the idea raises all kinds of interesting questions about what the Lakers would look for in their next coach. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Frank Vogel Fired. Russell Westbrook And Rob Pelinka Get Defensive Lakers Exit Interviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 35:50

    As was reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Frank Vogel was officially fired by the Lakers on Monday, one of the many topics discussed by every member of the team (save Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony, who spoke on Sunday) and GM Rob Pelinka during the day's exit interviews. They talked about Vogel's dismissal, injuries, bad on-court chemistry, and Russell Westbrook. So much Russell Westbrook talk. That includes from Westbrook himself, who spoke at length and aggressively defended himself, even while acknowledging his play wasn't up to his standards. So why did things go so wrong with Russ? Was it doomed from the start? What did his interview reveal about Westbrook? The answers aren't just a matter of gossip or grist for the mill. Understanding how exactly the handling of Vogel's firing went wrong (and why Pelinka did a poor job fielding questions about it), why the roster construction didn't work, and what unmade Westbrook's relationship with his coach (among other things) is central to repairing the team heading into next season. Man alive, there's a lot of work coming for Pelinka and crew. So much intrigue, it was enough to make LeBron James delivering important health updates a mere footnote! HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: LeBron James explained his health situation, noting he doesn't expect to have surgery on any of his ailments. Rob Pelinka fielded questions about Frank Vogel's dismissal, and didn't exactly shine. SEGMENT 2: Why Pelinka's bad answers about Vogel are important. SEGMENT 3: Russell Westbrook went on offense by defending himself. Did he have a point? Should the Lakers have seen all of this coming? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Frank Vogel Reportedly Out as the Lakers Finish a Disastrous 2021-2022 Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 41:04

    It was, ironically, one of the most fun games the Lakers have played all season (not that there are all that many to choose from). Austin Reaves became only the fifth Lakers rookie to notch a triple double, Malik Monk popped off for 41 and Mac McClung capped things off with a double clutch reverse dunk as the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets (a skeleton crew, but still...) Sunday. And literally as the final horn sounded, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Frank Vogel will be fired, as early as Monday (and really, can you wait after the Tweet comes out?). Vogel saw the Tweet before hitting the podium, and made it clear nobody from the organization has said anything to him. And it was also clear he didn't think he was being treated respectfully. All of this matters not because Vogel's firing will be a surprise - it's obviously not - but because it impacts the perception of the franchise and the search for the next coach. The Lakers haven't exactly nailed it in how they've handled coaching recent coaching searches, and were thought to be putting Vogel in an untenable position last offseason by only offering him a year's extension. It's a tough way to start an offseason for a team that is once again suffering a crisis of reputation. Maybe not as bad as it was a few years ago... but it can also be argued the team a few seasons back was in a better place in terms of personnel, flexibility and future assets. Finally, postmortems written about the Lakers from ESPN and The LA Times get to the "Westbrook Problem," and illustrate how everyone got it wrong in a move that was likely doomed from the jump. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers win... and Frank Vogel is reportedly going to be fired. SEGMENT 2: Are the Lakers going to have an easy time attracting a premier head coach? SEGMENT 3: At the core of the Westbrook issue was a belief that Russ could adjust and sacrifice effectively. Everyone involved thought it could happen. Everyone was wrong. Why? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Shady Rays EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR LISTENERS, HEAD TO SHADYRAYS.COM AND USE CODE LOCKEDON TO GET FIFTY PERCENT OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. Athletic Greens To make it easy, Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Talen Horton-Tucker Drops 40, and Laker Fans Are Making a Bad Comparison between LeBron and Kobe.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 37:01

    LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony all sat out of the Lakers' loss to the Warriors up in San Francisco,. So how are fans reacting to the stars sitting out? Some, at least, are bringing up comparisons to Kobe Bryant, and suggesting that LeBron is sitting at a time when Kobe would have played. Meanwhile, Talen Horton-Tucker went off for a career high 40 points against Golden State. On the one hand, that's awesome! 40 is a lot, and good for him. It certainly can't hurt to do a little image rehab in a season that has, overall, been a real disappointment for THT. But do nights like this one actually add any clarity to his future? As trade bait, or in a (hopefully) revamped Lakers rotation? Finally, if the Lakers are going to fix what ails them, it will need to start with everyone understanding their role in how the franchise has arrived at this point. Players, management, coaching, and down the line. Is the front office off to a good start, in this regard? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: What happens when fans use the memory and mythology of Kobe as a weapon against other players? SEGMENT 2: The Lakers are in a tough spot with THT, and his 40-point outburst helps explain why. SEGMENT 3: Are we off to a good start in the Summer of Accountability? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Should LeBron James Go for a Scoring Title? Plus, Frank Vogel Criticizes the Roster Construction

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 38:17

    We're about 24 hours out from the Lakers being eliminated from the postseason, and already the finger pointing, explicit and implied, has started. Frank Vogel talked to Bill Oram at The Athletic about the problems with the roster, and how they undercut the team's ability to play defense. In a report from Eric Pincus, the front office seemed to be blaming injuries and LeBron James pushing the Westbrook deal. Oh, and LeBron might be gunning for a scoring title that will annoy the heck out of a decent chunk of the fan base. But aside from that, the (might as well be) offseason is off to a great start. For fans hoping to see some accountability, there's still time! Lots of it, really! (But it's understandable if you're a little nervous.) HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: LeBron might go for a scoring title, after missing two critical games with an ankle injury. How will fans react to him playing? SEGMENT 2: Finger pointing season begins! Vogel kicks things off by noting some really, really accurate things about the roster he was gifted by the front office. SEGMENT 3: Who is planning on being accountable? How will they approach the coaching search. Is this a gig you'd take over another, totally legit and appealing one? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Lakers are Officially Eliminated From Playoff Contention. So What Comes Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 36:03

    We all knew it was coming, but still, it's surreal to think that after Tuesday's 121-110 loss to the Suns in Phoenix that the Lakers, who came into the season with so much hype and equal amounts of hope, won't even be in the NBA's play-in tournament. They were officially eliminated from contention. The collapse has been stunning and total, and came pretty quickly considering the Lakers were a 24-24 squad late in January. Things didn't look good them, but this end point didn't seem like a real possibility, either. So Frank Vogel looked like a guy who knows his time with the team is running short, which makes sense given the team's success, his relative performance, and the total lack of faith shown in him by the organization coming into the year. What remains to be seen, however, is how much the front office will think of Vogel as a scapegoat, lessening their own culpability. How much did the unending pressure of the season play a role? Carmelo Anthony noted that it was there - an admission that is kinda rare for athletes, who often like to pretend that none of this stuff exists save media narratives - and obviously the constant drumbeat of what's wrong relative to expectations helped suck the fun out of this year. The other thing that did that? Russell Westbrook. He was such a dominant theme in any discussion of the team that he would inevitably impact how much joy could be had. And wow, was his year joyless. Some ways where he's the avatar for larger failures, others where he was the source. But the whole context around Westbrook - is he competitive or just combative - changed in a season where his play couldn't counter the criticism. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: It's over. We knew it would be, but it's still strange to say. SEGMENT 2: On the future of Frank Vogel, and the role of pressure in the team's demise. SEGMENT 3: The Russ Experience has sucked. Is he competitive, or just combative? Why the difference matters. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Magic Johnson Tees Off (Again) on the Lakers Front Office for Getting Westbrook Instead of DeRozan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 32:54

    The Lakers season, defined by any shot at making any type of playoff, could come to an end Tuesday, with a loss in Phoenix combined with a Spurs victory in Denver. It would be a stunning result, and the end of a monumental collapse in Februrary and March (the Lakers were a .500 squad as recently as January 25). And if it happens, Magic Johnson, viewed by many as the GLOAT (Greatest Laker of All Time) will be there to throw dirt on the coffin. Magic, who has a documentary to promote, made the rounds on ESPN Monday, crushing the Lakers for not going with DeMar DeRozan instead of Russell Westbrook. Hey, fair enough, but Magic didn't stop there. He noted that DeRozan's agent hand delivered his client to him, and therefore the Lakers (because Magic greased the wheels, it should be noted). BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! Magic also claimed that the Lakers could not only have had DeRozan, but still traded for Buddy Hield, and kept both Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The scenario Magic presents was a literal impossibility, beacuse of the rules governing sign and trades, the salary cap and so on, but details have never really been Magic's jam. So why does he keep doing this stuff? What does it mean that Jeanie routinely consults someone who lives to undercut the team's management, and now its star player? (Magic, fairly, blamed LeBron for orchestrating the deal.) HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: It could all end tonight. If it does, Magic will be there throwing dirt on the coffin. SEGMENT 2: Breaking down the craziness of Magic's claims, from the cap math impossibilities to the hypocrisy to the stuff that actually was fair. SEGMENT 3: Why does this keep happening? Why must the Lakers always be a big dysfunctional family? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron Sits as the Lakers Lose to Denver, and on the Verge of Missing Play-in.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 35:58

    LeBron James couldn't play Sunday against Denver, because his squishy ankle didn't respond well to the pounding it took in Friday's loss to New Orleans. Anthony Davis give it what he had, but his injured foot was clearly limiting him despite posting solid numbers (29/9/8). Russell Westbrook had a nice day, too! The Lakers played hard, but in the end, they lost. And with that, their already tenuous chances of qualifying for the play-in tournament took a massive hit. At this point, with James and Davis severely hobbled and the math most decidedly against them, is it worth sending the stars out, when the risk of more serious injury seems to loom over everything they do? Meanwhile, Frank Vogel was at it again, making decisions around the lineup seemingly designed to trigger Lakers fans. Austin Reaves got another DNP-CD, while Avery Bradley got another start. Was Vogel screwing up yet another game? Or did this one make sense? Does it matter? In a year where every decision amounts to "pick your poison," does it make more sense to focus on which poison is chosen, or the fact that all the options will kill you? Finally, after the game Frank Vogel, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony all reflected on the "what if?" potential of this team, that definitely never got a chance to get going, from a health standpoint. But in a world where the roster stays reasonably healthy, would this team have reached the heights they expected? It's a question the front office will have to grapple with, and there's some danger in the answer they might land on. And definitely danger in the process that might get them to that answer. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Another day, another loss, and it's basically all over but the funeral. SEGMENT 2: Did Vogel screw up (yet again, some would say) with his rotation choices? SEGMENT 3: So on Earth 2, where this team stays healthy, are the Lakers fighting for the top of the conference? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron and Davis Return vs. Pelicans... But the Lakers Lose Anyway, Could Miss Play-in Tournament

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 20:08

    Is it over? No, but it's on life support. The Lakers lost to New Orleans 114-111 Friday night, in a game that featured all of this season's greatest hits. Excessive turnovers! Defensive miscues! Gobsmackingly bad execution down the stretch! Questionable personnel choices! Really, they were all there, and as a result the Lakers lose a game they could have won, and now are in deep, deep trouble in the Western Conference, needing to make up two games on San Antonio just to be the 10 seed and qualify for the play in tournament. Is it over? Anthony Davis and LeBron James (who both returned to action Friday) said no, not until the numbers say so... but that might not take long, either. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA Top Shot NBA Top Shot is the future of being an NBA fan. Own officially-licensed rare NFTs of the greatest Moments from NBA history. Sign up today at lockedon.nbatopshot.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron James and Anthony Davis Hope to Return Friday Night, but Lakers Lose to Jazz on Thursday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 37:08

    The Lakers lost in Utah on Thursday, which is to be expected given the absences of Anthony Davis and LeBron James. But as time runs out on the season (and the Lakers once again find themselves in 11th place in the West, out of the play-in tourney), they might get some good news: Both of LA's stars hope to play Friday night at home against the Pelicans. If they can, would (knock on wood) six games with their Big Two be enough to vault past San Antonio and get themselves back in the tourney? And if LeBron just wants to come back to qualify for the scoring title... would that bug you as a Lakers fan? Meanwhile, assuming the Lakers do make a coaching change this offseason—a crazy hypothetical, no doubt—there would instantly be tremendous speculation about who would replace Frank Vogel. One name? Quin Snyder, current coach of the Jazz, himself on the hot seat for not pushing the Jazz deep into the playoffs. If they are eliminated quickly again this year, Snyder could be on the market. Would the Lakers, who low-balled Ty Lue and made silly demands about picking coaches for his staff even after making him their choice to be LA's next coach, do the same with Snyder, likely the premier name on the coaching FA market, should Utah pull the trigger? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers lose in Utah, but show a little more spirit. Meanwhile, the stars are coming back... maybe? SEGMENT 2: What if all LeBron really wants out of this season at this point is a scoring title? Is that ok? SEGMENT 3: Would the Lakers pay for Quin Snyder, or any premier coach? How much do they value what the coach does? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA Top Shot NBA Top Shot is the future of being an NBA fan. Own officially-licensed rare NFTs of the greatest Moments from NBA history. Sign up today at lockedon.nbatopshot.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How the Lakers Got So Bad So Quickly: Examining the Westbrook Deal, and Other Moves By Rob Pelinka - Guest, Eric Pincus

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 49:20

    The Lakers' 2021-22 season has been an absolute disaster. Some reasons are beyond anybody's control... but many issues could have been avoided through better decisions. And while fans will - not without reason - point to the Russell Westbrook trade as the flashpoint for where everything that's fallen apart, it hasn't been the only bad call over the last few years. Poor decisions, major and minor, have helped what looked like a strong franchise fall apart in a hurry. So how did this happen? The Kamenetzkys spoke with Bleacher Report scribe and NBA cap expert Eric Pincus. He breaks down the personnel choices that went wrong, accounting mistakes they've made with contracts like Talen Horton-Tucker and Austin Reaves, squandered assets and draft picks and more. What is going on in the front office that promotes these kinds of mistakes? Is the decision-making infrastructure up to snuff? And what can they do going forward to fix things? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: How important is it to look at transactions in a holistic way? How do individual moves impact each other? What's the cause and effect? How did the Anthony Davis deal lay some of the ground the Lakers walk on now? SEGMENT 2: Reviewing the Westbrook deal. How that went wrong... but how it was more the end point, not the start, of the team's devolution. SEGMENT 3: Who makes the decisions in El Segundo? Is the infrastructure what it should be? How could the Lakers fix it? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA Top Shot NBA Top Shot is the future of being an NBA fan. Own officially-licensed rare NFTs of the greatest Moments from NBA history. Sign up today at lockedon.nbatopshot.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Lakers Lose to Dallas, Fall Out of the Play-in Race. Can Anthony Davis and LeBron James Return Fast Enough?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 38:37

    For the Lakers, the losses keep on coming. This time, it was against the Mavericks in Dallas, 128-110, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis sitting out with injuries. Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk put up some nice numbers, but the Lakers were throughly outclassed in terms of available talent. Mavs Point-Forward/Point God Luke Doncic predictably carved up L.A.'s defense, and it got out of control really fast. So where do the Lakers go from here, in terms of providing motivation as a team currently outside the play-in picture, with the odds increasingly against them? Well, there's the potential return of AD either Friday or Sunday - LeBron's ETA remains fuzzy - and he would provide a desperately needed lift. But also, guys like Monk and Stanley Johnson were emphatic after the loss that they're prideful pros and ain't about to quit anytime soon. Plus, an interesting question in light of the matchup? Could this season, (bleep)storm that it's been, worked out any better under former Lakers assistant/current Mavericks Head Coach Jason Kidd? Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky Segment One: A breakdown of the shellacking in Dallas, and update on LeBron and AD. Segment Two: The Kamenetzkys refute the idea that this loss was about effort. Segment Three: Signs of pride from the role players, and could the team have been better under Kidd? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA Top Shot NBA Top Shot is the future of being an NBA fan. Own officially-licensed rare NFTs of the greatest Moments from NBA history. Sign up today at lockedon.nbatopshot.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron James is Hurting. Anthony Davis is Healing. The Lakers are Reeling.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 36:06

    Monday, Frank Vogel all but said LeBron James won't play Tuesday night thanks to the bum ankle he turned Sunday in New Orleans. Anthony Davis, however, practiced and while he (like James) is listed as doubtful for tonight in Dallas, there's a chance he'll be back on the floor perhaps as early as Thursday (in Utah) or Friday (at home vs. the Pellies). But as this season moves relentlessly to what seems like an inevitably disappointing conclusion, it's worth asking how much it's worth getting either back on the floor. Does LeBron risk using up whatever physical juice he has left in a way that could impact next season, too? Could he be compounding injuries in a way that might carry forward? Does Davis have important reasons to play, even if it ultimately doesn't amount to much for the Lakers as a group? And why should anyone on this team get to avoid the public embarrassment of losing in the play-in? Plus... Vogel says he's disappointed the Lakers haven't been able to help build on LeBron's legacy over the last two seasons, and reminds everyone that he cares about that sort of thing much more than Lakers fans. And finally, Lakers social media has a big following, but they may be making a critical error. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Health updates! When will LeBron and A.D. play again? When should they? SEGMENT 2: Frank Vogel is concerned about LeBron's legacy. Anthony Davis is still trying to build one. SEGMENT 3: Lakers social media is doing it wrong!!! Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA Top Shot NBA Top Shot is the future of being an NBA fan. Own officially-licensed rare NFTs of the greatest Moments from NBA history. Sign up today at lockedon.nbatopshot.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron James Hurts His Ankle as the Lakers Blow a Big Lead, Lose to Pelicans

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 42:19

    This one hurt, big. Sunday, the Lakers lost a 23-point lead to the Pelicans, losing the game 116-108. They lost their hold over the 9th seed in the Western Conference (and the possibility of hosting the first game of the play-in), the tiebreaker to the Pelicans, some of their cushion over the 11th place San Antonio Spurs (now only a game back of L.A.), and critically, may have lost LeBron James to an ankle injury. Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln... James finished the game after twisting it in the first half, but was clearly in some pain during the game, and after said it felt "horrible." It seems unlikely he'll play in Dallas on Tuesday, and even if he does, how effective will he be? Frank Vogel noted after that "time is running out" on this team. He didn't mean it this way, but perhaps it's best for all involved? To talk about it all, Jake Madison of Locked On Pelicans joins the show! HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, with guest Jake Madison! SEGMENT 1: Recapping Sunday's game. What changed from the first half to the second? Was it something the Pelicans were doing? Something the Lakers stopped doing? Certainly Los Angeles reverted back to some of their big offensive struggles, scoring only 39 points in the second half, including 14 in the fourth quarter. SEGMENT 2: Who will take the 9th and 10th seeds? Why do Pelicans fans hate the Lakers so much? SEGMENT 3: Who is winning the Anthony Davis trade? The answer isn't as cut and dried as it once appeared. And from a guy who watched him for many, many years, Jake discusses whether or not Anthony Davis will ever be "the guy" in the way the Lakers have hoped. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA Top Shot NBA Top Shot is the future of being an NBA fan. Own officially-licensed rare NFTs of the greatest Moments from NBA history. Sign up today at lockedon.nbatopshot.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Why Sunday's Game Against The Pelicans Is a Must Win. Plus, Can The Lakers Keep Malik Monk?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 36:09

    Almost to a man, following Wednesday's loss to the Sixers, the Lakers called Sunday's game against the Pelicans a must win. Given how tight the standings are at the bottom of the Western Conference quasi-playoff race, it's easy to see why. LeBron James is expected to play, and very well may have sat against Philly to make sure he could take the floor on Sunday with fresh legs. It could be argued at this point, all of their games fall into the "must win" category if the Lakers want to have control of their own destiny, and not depend on the Pelicans or Spurs to do them favors. Meanwhile, to complete a conversation from Thursday's show, what else could LeBron put in an endorsement-based swag bag for Kevin Love's wedding? Malik Monk's path to LA was described in a great feature from ESPN's Dave McMenamin earlier this week. How likely is it the Lakers could keep him? What the painful choices that go into the calculus? Because The Monk Conundrum symbolizes many of the challenges facing the team as it tries to rebuild a more balanced roster for next season. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Is Sunday's game vs. New Orleans a must win? Are you confident the Lakers can win a game that means something? SEGMENT 2: The LeBron James Lazy Wedding Gift Bag, plus what kind of bag Monk might grab. SEGMENT 3: What Monk's situation says about the team's attempts to improve this offseason. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA TopShot NBA Top Shot's the officially licensed NFT of the NBA. Connect with a community of hundreds of thousands of NBA fans as a natural progression of fantasy sports, a way to upgrade your experience as an NBA fan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron James Misses Wednesday's Loss to Philly, Lakers Still Feeling Good About Themselves

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 38:09

    Following Monday's incredible performance in the team's win over Cleveland, LeBron James's problematic knee swelled up like a balloon, and he missed Wednesday's game against the Sixers at The Crypt. Anthony Davis is still out with an ankle injury. Talen Horton-Tucker, too. And the Lakers lost! So why are they feeling so good about themselves? It's a small sample size, for sure, but the Lakers can honestly say, backed up by the tape, that they've played significantly better over their last four games. That includes Wednesday's Very Scrappy Effort against a high end Philadelphia team. Assuming they can get into the play-in—and in that spirit the Lakers are clearly putting a lot of emphasis on Sunday's game against the Pelicans—it's clear they're developing a level of confidence that has been hard to find all year. Is it deserved? Maybe, maybe not. But that's not the relevant question, really. One thing that's helped: The Lakers are playing with a rotation that nobody would have guessed in October, mostly because half of the dudes weren't even on the team. And one guy that was (Austin Reaves) was expected to carry bags and live in his warm up. But the new guys have skill sets that have boosted the team's fortunes. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: LeBron misses Wednesday's game, which is kinda worrisome, but really drives home how important Sunday's game is to the team. SEGMENT 2: The Lakers, earned or not, are starting to feel good about themselves. And that's a prerequisite for having even a small shot at making noise in the postseason. SEGMENT 3: It's a whole new group playing for the Lakers, and they finally have some bounce. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA TopShot NBA Top Shot's the officially licensed NFT of the NBA. Connect with a community of hundreds of thousands of NBA fans as a natural progression of fantasy sports, a way to upgrade your experience as an NBA fan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Will the Lakers Make the Play-In Tournament? How Much Will Anthony Davis Help?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 36:55

    The Los Angeles Lakers have 10 games remaining. Seven are against teams with winning records, two are against the New Orleans Pelicans, who are vying to host a potential play-in game against the purple and gold, and the last is against the Thunder... who have beaten the Lakers TWICE this season. They'll head into Wednesday's game with Philly holding a three game lead on San Antonio, and a slightly larger gap over the Portland TrailBlazers, and neither of those teams is working all that hard to get in. So assuming they can qualify, how many games will Anthony Davis need to be a factor for them, and potentially help the Lakers get into, and be competitive in, a first round series against Phoenix? He didn't require much ramp up time after returning from a long absence earlier this season. To say the least, the Lakers have been discombobulated all year long, with players in and out of the lineup. How discombobulated? Let's play a game to quantify it! Finally, ESPN's Dave McMenamin recently wrote a great story about Malik Monk, revealing all sorts of things about his free agency last summer, and how he ended up on the Lakers. Will he be willing to stay? Can the Lakers pay him? What does his career arc say not just about Monk the player and person, but how we look at young players who enter the league? HOSTS; Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Do the Lakers get into the play-in? How shaky is their position? SEGMENT 2: Just how crazy has this season been for the Lakers? Let's play "lineup trivia" to set things straight. Plus, how much time does A.D. need? SEGMENT 3: Malik Monk's time in L.A. has been very good, and represents a major win for him and his young career. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA TopShot NBA Top Shot's the officially licensed NFT of the NBA. Connect with a community of hundreds of thousands of NBA fans as a natural progression of fantasy sports, a way to upgrade your experience as an NBA fan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron James Dominates as the Lakers Beat the Cavaliers. Are They Showing Signs of Life?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 37:19

    Sustained periods of quality play have been hard to come by this season for the Los Angeles Lakers, but Monday they put together some decent quarters en route to a 131-120 win over the Cavaliers. LeBron James was fantastic, notching 38 points with 11 rebounds and 12 assists, Russell Westbrook finished with 20/11, and only one turnover. DJ Augustin didn't miss a shot! And the Lakers as a team looked like they were having fun, a rarity this season for very obvious reasons. They played a pretty good game against Toronto on Friday, then three-fourths of a good game the next night against Washington. Monday, they rallied from a slow start to notch a very solid win. Is it ok to believe in the possibility of this team having possibilities? Even a little? Meanwhile, the Lakers played a lineup Monday that would have been impossible to predict in the preseason, because most of the guys weren't on the team (Wenyen Gabriel, Stanley Johnson, Augustin) or barely expected to play (Austin Reaves). What does that say about the roster construction, and does it mean danger signs for next year? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers won, and had fun doing it. That matters. Squint, and you see the blueprint again. SEGMENT 2: One reason the Lakers came through: They scored enough points to stay close in a shaky defensive first quarter. Also, Westbrook was good. SEGMENT 3: What Monday's lineups say about how this team was constructed, and what the Lakers face this offseason. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA TopShot NBA Top Shot's the officially licensed NFT of the NBA. Connect with a community of hundreds of thousands of NBA fans as a natural progression of fantasy sports, a way to upgrade your experience as an NBA fan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Why Laker Fans and L.A. Don't Seem to be Reacting to LeBron James Breaking Records

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 34:44

    The Lakers had a busy weekend, winning an inspiring game Friday in Toronto before Saturday in Washington in a most irritating way, one this team has been prone to all year. Bad defensive decisions, questionable coaching, cold and stagnant offense, horrible turnovers and so on. It was a reminder that this team isn't unpopular with fans because they lose - though that obviously doesn't help - but because how they often lose makes these Lakers hard to like. Meanwhile, LeBron James passed Karl Malone for second on the NBA's all time scoring list Saturday... and while obviously people noticed, the reception, particularly locally, hasn't been overwhelming. Is it just because the team is losing? What else is in play, here? It touches on LeBron's tenure in LA, the legacy of Kobe, how we view individual achievement, and more. And as he closes in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at a time when the Lakers are (at least currently) reeling, his continued accomplishments may not be viewed locally with a level of love some might expect. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers lose in Washington in extremely Laker-y fashion. SEGMENT 2: How the Lakers lost Saturday is a great explainer of why this team is so unpopular with Lakers fans. SEGMENT 3: LeBron is doing some amazing stuff and racking up impressive records... but locally is met with respect, but not overwhelming love. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. TrueBill Don't fall for subscription scams. Start cancelling today at Truebill.com/LOCKEDONNBA. NBA TopShot NBA Top Shot's the officially licensed NFT of the NBA. Connect with a community of hundreds of thousands of NBA fans as a natural progression of fantasy sports, a way to upgrade your experience as an NBA fan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Wenyen Gabriel(!) Fuel Lakers' OT win over Toronto Raptors

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 18:18

    HOLY HELL!!! The Lakers got one of their best wins of the season, very shorthanded, even by their standards, in Toronto against a quality Raptors squad. And from the opening tip, the energy in this game felt different. From the Lakers actually putting points on the board early... to all nine guys who stepped on the court making strong contributions... to Wenyen freakin' Gabriel having a career night... this was as strong as this team has looked in quite some time. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and went from fourth quarter goat to hero in the span of just a matter of seconds. And LeBron James was incredible. 36 points. Nine rebounds. Seven assists. Two awesome weakside blocks. Tons of tone-setting energy and theatricality. What this means for the Lakers moving forward... who knows? Really. Truly. Don't bother trying to guess. Just enjoy the night, because it was a ton of fun. Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. Novo Sign up for your FREE business checking account RIGHT NOW at Novo.co/NBA. Plus, Locked On NBA listeners get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is This the Least Fun Laker Season Ever? Plus, We talk HBO's "Winning Time!"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 37:05

    There's no beating around the bush. This Lakers season has been absolutely brutal to watch. But has it been the least fun season ever, or at the very least, of the modern era. Andy Kamenetzky ponders this and other items with special guest Greg Bergman (@BergmanGreg), a lifelong Lakers fan and the producer of Mason and Ireland on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles. Forget wins and losses. In terms of enjoyability (or lack thereof) and disappointment, does this season top everything in recent memory? Andy offers up two challengers to the throne. From there, a look at the future with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. How confident is Greg in the team remaining built around them for the foreseeable future? There's still reason to believe with LeBron and AD on the court, that's a strong 1-2 punch. But how often will they actually be on the court to begin with, given the recent injuries? Then again, is there even another route to realistically go down? From there, a look at the past, and HBO's hit series, "Winning Time," which retells (with some notable liberties) the success and drama of the Showtime Lakers. The actual organization, plus folks like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Norm Nixon, are not necessarily fans of the show. Is it understandable why? Host: Andy Kamenetzky, with special guest Greg Bergman. Segment One: Least... Fun... Ever??? Segment Two: What does the future hold with LeBron and AD? Segment Three: "Winning Time!" Really fun, but are they doing the real people, and in particular, Jerry West, dirty? Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. Novo Sign up for your FREE business checking account RIGHT NOW at Novo.co/NBA. Plus, Locked On NBA listeners get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Lakers Find New Lows On Offense, Losing Their 11th Straight Road Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 38:58

    The Lakers are a bad team when everything is going well. When they're not, as has been the case in the opening quarters of the last three games including Wednesday's loss to Minnesota, it's hard even to call them an NBA team. Los Angeles missed all 10 of its three-point attempts in the first quarter, Wednesday. Against the Raptors Monday night, they were 0-12 in the opening quarter. All told, they're 1-33 from beyond the arc in the opening 12 minutes over their last three games. In related news, the Lakers have been down big in all three. So what gives? Is it just more cosmic comedy to find ways to lose that seem to defy statistical possibilities? The cold spell is taking a major dent out of the team's confidence, even if (as was the case Wednesday) the Lakers don't pack it in. Morale, understandably, is obviously very low. Meanwhile, opposing teams are taking great joy in beating them down, though perhaps none more overtly than Minnesota on Wednesday. Is there anything that can be done to help players regain some confidence, whether individually or as a group? Finally, Karl Anthony Towns is on a serious hot streak, while Anthony Davis is on the sidelines. KAT isn't the defensive player Davis is, but he's a more versatile offensive force. Which is more valuable? Has Towns surpassed Davis in the "Which guy would you rather have?" rankings? In a season of disappointment for Davis, it feels like a much harder question to answer than it was in October. HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: The Lakers lose in statistically improbable ways, which seems to fit right into the general vibe of this season. SEGMENT 2: The Lakers have a confidence problem. Is there anything that can be done to fix it? SEGMENT 3: KAT vs. AD... Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. Novo Sign up for your FREE business checking account RIGHT NOW at Novo.co/NBA. Plus, Locked On NBA listeners get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Can The Timberwolves Teach the Lakers About a Rebuild, and Does Vogel *Deserve* to be Fired?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 35:25

    Wednesday's game in Minnesota drives home how different things are for the Lakers now, relative to expectations. One team is 10 games under .500, one team is 10 games over. And neither is the one anyone would have picked in the preseason. So why has it finally clicked for the Wolves this season? What does their success say about the path available to the Lakers were they to, as some fans have suggested, "Blow it up," this summer? If the Lakers can somehow get the ship back to neutral in terms of draft capital, would you feel comfortable they could make the right picks? Many strong responses to Tuesday's show about complaints LeBron is "stat-padding" as the Lakers appear to be playing out the string before inevitable disappointment in the play-in. They show, more than anything, that the equity James has as a star in LA is different than others who have come before him. Then it's on to the Twitter Mailbag. Does Frank Vogel deserve to get fired? He's going to be, but does he deserve it? And will anyone be willing to take Russell Westbrook off the Lakers hands for a package that isn't hot garbage? HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky SEGMENT 1: Lakers vs. Wolves is not quite the David vs. Goliath story people would have expected earlier in the year. SEGMENT 2: How confident should fans be in the Lakers front office if a rebuild really is on the table? SEGMENT 3: Mailbag! On Vogel and Russ. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks Check out PrizePicks.com and use promo code: “NBA” or go to your app store and download the app today. PrizePicks is daily fantasy made easy! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15,” and you'll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline BetOnline.net has you covered this season with more props, odds and lines than ever before. BetOnline – Where The Game Starts! Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Athletic Greens Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/NBANETWORK. Novo Sign up for your FREE business checking account RIGHT NOW at Novo.co/NBA. Plus, Locked On NBA listeners get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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