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Mike D'Antoni joins Dan Le Batard

November, 6, 2013
By ESPN Los Angeles


Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni joins Dan Le Batard, Stu Gotz and Stan Van Gundy to discuss Kobe Bryant's injury and moving on from a difficult 2012-13 season.

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Jordan Farmar on 'Mason & Ireland Show'

July, 19, 2013
By ESPN Los Angeles


Jordan Farmar, a former UCLA standout, checked in with the "Mason & Ireland Show" about why he walked away from big money in Turkey to come and play for the Los Angeles Lakers again. Farmar also talked about how much he has improved his game and how he can contribute.

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Chris Kaman on 'Max & Marcellus Show'

July, 18, 2013
By ESPN Los Angeles


New Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman joined the "Max & Marcellus Show" on Thursday on ESPNLA 710 for an interview. Kaman talked about his expectations this season playing with the Lakers and what he can bring to the team. He also talked about the rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers, and his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

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Nick Young on 'Max & Marcellus Show'

July, 12, 2013
By ESPNLosAngeles.com

Nick Young, one of the newest members of the Los Angeles Lakers, joined Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on ESPNLA 710 on Friday afternoon to talk about playing for his favorite team growing up and being back in LA. Young attended USC and Reseda Cleveland High.

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Antawn Jamison on the Kobe Bryant teammate experience

March, 20, 2013
McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
Antawn Jamison is pretty much the definition of an NBA veteran.

The Los Angeles Lakers are the fifth team the 37-year-old has played for in his 15-season career, meaning he literally has had hundreds of teammates during his time in the league.

None of them have been quite like Kobe Bryant.

"This guy's a different dude," Jamison said of Bryant while a guest on the "Max & Marcellus Show" on ESPNLA 710 radio on Wednesday.

Jamison said Bryant has helped create a contentious atmosphere with him and his teammates, but the conflict has helped the team congeal.

"Kobe will tell you," Jamison said. "He's like, 'Look, you guys as my teammates, yell at me. Let me know that you're open because I'm so programmed,' and this guy has told me this, 'I see nothing but that basket. You could be open, there could be three guys on me, but the only thing I see is that basket so you have to tell me, Look, I was open. Or yell at me mid-play. That doesn't affect me at all and I respect that.' "

Jamison said the veteran-laden roster has adapted to Bryant's style and the players have no problem with confronting the five-time champion.

"I think the thing we've seen in the past was most teammates might have been afraid to come to him or express, 'Kob' I was open,' or, 'That's not what we drew up,' " Jamison said. "The thing I like about this team, Steve Nash -- who is a Hall of Famer -- and Dwight [Howard] as well, Dwight and Kobe have gotten into shouting matches on the bench because Dwight will be like, 'Kob', that's your rotation. Get there.' And after the game he'll be like, 'Appreciate it, big fella. I needed that.' "

Jamison said he doesn't even have to speak to express his concerns with Bryant, and can just let his big eyebrows do the talking.

"I come in there and I look at him a certain way, he'll be like, 'OK, Jamison, you're right. My bad.' "

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PodKast: D's Antoni, fence and Morris

November, 21, 2012
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
As we roll in to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, many Lakers fans are thankful for a team finally appearing to be on the right track. Four wins in five tries, including Tuesday's 95-90 victory over Brooklyn. The coach is in place, the system is getting installed, and a sense of normalcy is returning to El Segundo.

So what happens now? That's one of the topics kicked around in the newest Kamenetzky Brothers podcast.

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Click on the module to listen, and let the handy bullet points below guide your listening experience.
  • How legitimate are concerns the Lakers can't be a good defensive team long term under Mike D'Antoni? What do the Lakers have in common with your average college freshman? (4:00)
  • Why did D'Antoni's teams struggle on that end of the floor in New York, and what's different about L.A.? (7:15)
  • Darius Morris may have had a tough night Tuesday, but overall has shown some promise. (16:00)
  • Antawn Jamison has been a major disappointment thus far. We explain why Pau Gasol might want him to pick it up. (19:45)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

PodKast: On Kobe's team, flopping, and endorsements LeBron doesn't want

October, 5, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Aaaaaaaaaaand, we're off!

The 2012-13 season kicked off this week with Monday's media day, and overall it's been a good week for the Lakers. Dwight Howard is participating more fully in practice than most expected when the trade came down in early August, raising the odds for an early season, or even an opening night, debut in purple and gold.

Steve Blake, meanwhile, is back on the floor following his parking lot mishap last month, returning in 10 days instead of the three weeks originally projected.

Still, with four All-Stars and a new offense to integrate, questions of chemistry abound and right away headlines were made as Kobe Bryant declared the Lakers "my team" on day 1. The reaction -- in some cases overreaction -- was swift. And that's where we start (after Andy tells a quick story of his airport encounter with his favorite member of the 'What's Happening!!' cast) in the newest podcast.

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We touched on those comments in the latest edition of The Forum, and expand on it here. (3:05) In terms of practical impact on actual basketball games, what does Kobe's declaration actually mean? We asked Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, and Bryant himself at practice this week. (7:45)

We're big on the idea of waiting to see how guys actually play before making judgments, but is there anything Kobe might (realistically) say that should cause genuine concern? (11:45)

The NBA has introduced it's new flopping rules. Good idea or not? Where could the whole thing go goofy? Yes, we all want to punish the bad floppers, but shouldn't the truly outstanding/absurd ones be somehow rewarded? (17:00)

Finally, we find a LeBron James branded product we are absolutely certain LeBron James didn't actually endorse. (22:00)
If idle hands do the devil's work, the Lakers have been saints this summer.

The moves have been bold and plentiful. Steve Nash then Antawn Jamison then Dwight Howard, with Jodie Meeks and a re-signed Jordan Hill tossed in for good measure. In the process, the Lakers went from barely relevant in the championship conversation (the "barely" due more to Kobe Bryant's star power and the cache of the franchise than any realistic title shot) to smack dab in the middle of it. Maybe even leading. If you made a list of shortcomings for the Lakers after last year -- outside shooting, shot creation, point guard, defense bench depth -- the Lakers have managed to address each one.

They're still not perfect (no team is) but the transformation has been stunning. We start the show admitting how little we believed this sort of thing would be possible when the curtain fell on the '10-'11 campaign. (2:30)

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-From there, it's on to where the Lakers stand relative to other powerhouses across the league. Are they better than Oklahoma City? Granted, it's early (pre-early, really) but how do the matchups look right now? (10:30)

-So what does all of this mean for Mike Brown? Obviously the pressure ratchets up with the now sky-high expectations, and almost by definition puts Brown on the hot seat. On the other hand, when is the seat for L.A.'s head coach ever cold? What challenges does he face going forward? (22:30)

-Reflecting on Andrew Bynum, including some clips from his introductory press conference in Philadelphia. (28:00)

-Finally, we bust open ESPNLandOLakers Twitter mailbag! Questions were sent, questions were answered. Was yours among them? (34:00)

PodKast: Antawn Jamison on signing in L.A., Princeton O, and honey buns

August, 3, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Earlier in the week, Kobe Bryant said the Lakers plan on running the Princeton offense this year, in an effort to add more structure and better take advantage of their talent on that side of the ball. To that end, the Lakers are reportedly adding Washington Wizards head coach and Princeton O expert Eddie Jordan to Mike Brown's staff.

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Thursday afternoon, Andy and I welcomed to the show new Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, who played for Jordan in D.C. for over four seasons. Among other things, we asked him what the new offense might look like for the Lakers, why it's a good fit, and how running a system helps give a team an identity:

Q: How did you enjoy playing in the offense, and more specifically how do you picture Steve Nash being used in it?
"The thing about [those seasons], we had Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Larry Hughes -- we had guys that are offensive threats that can really put the ball in the basket. I think the notion of the [Princeton] offense is that it slows you down. teams that don't have that much talent use it because they're going against teams with much more talent and you're trying to slow them down, but we were up there in scoring every year.

And the thing I like about it, especially with Steve, you can do so much. Steve is a great player with the ball in his hands, and a great player without the ball in his hands. To have his kind of skill set mixed in with this offense, I think the sky is the limit. You put the defense in a bind. You're reading the defense, and every time the defense makes a mistake, it's layup after layup. Imagine having the talent of Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum, being able to get to the elbow area and one or two dribbles they're right at the rim. You've got guys like Metta [World] Peace who can fight up and slash to the basket. And we all know what kind of attention Kobe's going to get when he gets the ball.

This offense really puts pressure on the defense, and makes them have to work. It's not you're coming down and one guy has the ball, and he's running down 15-20 seconds out of the clock and you're trying to find something. This sets up your teammates to get open shots. This sets up your teammates to create space on the floor. When you have space on the floor with the group of guys we have on this team, that's dangerous."
How important is it for a team to have a system, whatever that system might be?
"I think it's really important ... You know what teams run. It's the same sets, different terminology, or whatever... but with this offense, it gets everybody involved. That's the thing I like about it. Your center can flash up, he can be making passes. If he turns around and doesn't see anything, he has a one-on-one move. It's hard for the defense to take anything away. If they want to deny the ball, you can back-door cut. We've got a numerous amount of guys who can make those types of passes. It really puts your [opponent], defensively, in a bind because there are so many sets you can run.

There are so many things you can do out of sets, and I think with this team, with Steve Nash anchoring it, offensively guys are going to be willing to pass the ball and get guys involved. That's a formula for success ..."

Among the other topics of conversation:
  • What factored into Jamison's decision to choose the Lakers. It didn't even require Mitch Kupchak to sing the Carolina fight song. (:45)
  • How finally getting a chance to play for a title contender has recharged Jamison's batteries heading into his 15th NBA season, and what changes for him. It is, he says, "a different type of pressure." (5:30)
  • Interesting facts mined from www.antawnjamison.com, and the "About Antawn" essay written by ... his mom. First, was Jamison really a fat baby? And what about the junk food habit she writes about? Jamison says any photographic evidence of the former has been destroyed, but cops to the latter. Yes, he still has a weakness for the sugary stuff, with one major exception. "Oh, I don't mess with honey buns anymore." In eight or so years covering the NBA, that might be my single favorite quote. (14:00)

PodKast: Pau Gasol trade rumors, trade scenarios, and conspiracy theories

June, 2, 2012
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
Once the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, it took about 16 seconds for the Pau Gasol trade rumors to once again start swirling. A report stating Gasol's desire to land in Chicago -- one he denied -- was the first in what surely will be a flurry of "Pau-to-________" chatter this summer.

We start the show talking about this rumor (3:00), and how fans should look at every one of these reports with a critical eye. Information is rarely put out by "sources" without a reason.

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Next, we talk about a recent piece from ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard (Insider required), tossing out some hypothetical blockbusters, three of which involve Gasol or Andrew Bynum and returning stars from New Jersey, Atlanta, and Houston. (8:00) Are there big shakeups out there able to be realistically executed and also improving the team?

Finally, the Hornets won the NBA Draft Lottery Wednesday evening, and that means the conspiracy theorists who flock to the NBA like bees to flowers have something new to chew on. Is it possible the NBA rigged the outcome? (22:00)

PodKast: Game 2 disaster, looking to Game 3, Sessions, and more

May, 17, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Sometimes with a night's rest, the dawn of a new morning, and the opportunity for some fresh perspective, in the rear view mirror a game can look a little different.


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Game 2 Wednesday in Oklahoma City doesn't qualify. As we stepped into the studio about 17 hours after those fateful two minutes in the fourth quarter in which the Lakers blew a seven point lead, the sense of what they gave away was just as strong. I'm not going to lie, those hoping to be uplifted by the newest edition of the Land O'Lakers PodKast aren't going to like what you hear. After noting another critical example of poor execution -- Andy and I unwittingly showed up at the office in nearly identical outfits, among the more mockable things a brother writing/radio tandem can do -- we dive into the the big issues ...
  • After briefly touching on L.A.'s final play, we get into why the loss in Game 2 was so significant. Yeah, it's nice the Lakers played OKC tight after the Game 1 blowout, but in a playoff series the lesser team can't afford to lose games they ought to win. In the process, we shoot down just about every moral-victory-encouraging-going-forward argument out there. Again, it's fairly depressing, which is why we make sure to drop a little Double Rainbow Guy in there.
  • Is there any hope going forward for the Lakers to pull the upset?
  • Ramon Sessions. He hasn't played well in the postseason. Why? What can change, and how does his poor playoff run impact his decision whether to become a free agent, and whether the Lakers should re-sign him?
  • A quick look at the Clippers vs. San Antonio. We're no more optimistic about the chances of the red, white, and blue.

We're normally pretty chipper folk, but not today. Listen, but be prepared to shed a tear.

Jordan Hill on 710 ESPN

May, 7, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
This morning, I wrote about the performance of L.A.'s "wild cards" through the first four games of the postseason. The most consistent and impactful has been forward Jordan Hill, who has three 10-plus rebound games, and two double-doubles.

Sunday, he was critical to the Lakers' winning effort in Game 4, hauling down seven offensive rebounds (11 overall), and scoring 12 points. He joined 710 ESPN's Mason and Ireland Show this afternoon, talking among other things about...
  • His late entry into the rotation: "I definitely know I can produce every time I’m on the floor. It’s just, coming in, almost at the end of the season and playoffs coming up, it’s definitely going to be hard to just come in and start playing right away. I got to learn the system. The team chemistry was already formed. So, it was just me just keep working and when my number was called just go out there and do what I had to do."
  • His learning curve after arriving in Los Angeles in the deadline deal sending Derek Fisher to Houston: "Definitely offense [was harder to learn]. We have a lot of plays. We definitely have a lot of plays and we definitely have a lot of options on every play. So, for me, I had to learn the 4 and the 5 spot, so that was definitely a hard transition coming in. But, you know, I just tried to stay after every practice and shootaround, watch film on our plays. Go up and down the floor learning the plays with the players. Just doing the things that will help me keep the plays embedded in my head when I’m out on the floor."
  • The art of reading ball flight in effective glass work: "I try to use my legs most of the time, but also I got a good eye on if a ball is going to come out of the rim and where it’s going to land if it comes off the rim. I just try to stay patient and try to move my guy, try to box him out and move him under the rim as much as possible. But, like I said, I got a good eye of how and where the ball is going to go."
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PodKast: On this year's Lakers vs. last, Gasol's sacrifice, and more

May, 3, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
The Lakers are up 2-0 on the Nuggets, and to celebrate we hit the studio for a podcast, and a lively one at that.

We started by asking whether the Lakers have changed expectations surrounding their postseason with the quality of their play, particularly Game 1. Maybe they should have slow-played this one a little?

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From there, we moved on to a topic inspired by comments left on this post about the pressure on Mike Brown to perform in his first postseason as head coach of the Lakers. As Kobe Bryant told me, for players to truly, fully buy into Brown as a coach will be difficult until they've gone through a playoffs with him. Meaning Brown is coaching not just for this spring, but to lay a foundation for the rest of his tenure in Los Angeles.

In it, I note some of the obstacles in Brown's way, including a roster that "isn't as well equipped to win a title as last year's" group.

Fair to say, there was a great deal of disagreement about that one. Certainly during much of the season, as the Lakers struggled with depth problems and members of the supporting cast struggled, it was true. But what about this team, right now? The one taking the floor for Games 1 and 2 against Denver? Most readers thought I got it wrong. Upon further review, I think they have a compelling argument. Andy and I kick it around the topic -- he agreed with you folks -- noting first the difference in mentality. This year's group is far more engaged, suffering from none of the burnout plaguing the 2010-2011 team. Pau Gasol is present, accounted for, and playing at a very high level.

Then there's the roster. Yes, Lamar Odom is gone, but his production has been absorbed to a large degree by Andrew Bynum and Gasol. Ramon Sessions is an upgrade over Derek Fisher. Metta World Peace (once he returns) is playing better now than he was last season. And, of course, Kobe Bryant isn't just healthier, but much healthier. Put it all together, and the Lakers are better this spring than last, or at the very least have the potential to be better. Certainly the first two games of against Denver support that idea.

How that factors into their title hopes -- they were a long way from a championship in '11 -- is a different debate, but it obviously it can't hurt. And, of course, a better team means even more pressure on Brown.

But it's a good reminder of how narratives in sports need constant re-examination.

Finally, with L.A.'s Big Three all playing well, we noted the sacrifices made by Gasol for the greater good. Bryant talked about it following Game 2. "Championship teams have always been built on players who can sacrifice for the betterment of the group. He's obviously sacrificed his touches, but his aggressiveness is not going down. If you look his assist numbers and his rebounding numbers, he's such a big factor for our team," he said.

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PodKast: Lakers vs. Clippers with Kevin Arnovitz and Jordan Heimer

April, 4, 2012
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
It's the rubber match for Pacific Division supremacy, and perhaps even ownership of Los Angeles from San Pedro to the San Fernando Valley! The Lakers and Clippers should be primed for serious battle, between the playoff seeding at stake, the local bragging rights, and quite frankly, because they don't care much for each other. To preview this contest, we called upon Kevin Arnovitz and Jordan Heimer, host of ESPNLA.com's "The Clipper podcast." You can hear the show by clicking on the module, and a breakdown of talking points is below.

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- (1:50): We examine my theory about how the Lakers only play consistently well against teams they collectively hate (the Clippers, Mavericks and Celtics) or Kobe hates (the Suns, #NeverForget).

- (3:45): Blake Griffin's annoying on-court behavior (primarily flopping, although some don't dig the post-dunk preening) is compared to Andrew Bynum's troubling behavior on and away from the hardwood.

- (11:00): Arnovitz and Heimer break down how the Clippers' once-sinking fortunes suddenly turned. In particular, the defense has suddenly improved.

- (17:50): This will be the Lakers' first game against the Clippers with Ramon Sessions in the fold. How will he fare defending Chris Paul? (And if he struggles, who picks up the slack in his place?) Can Sessions place pressure on a team that sometimes struggles in pick-and-roll coverage?

- (26:00): How do Arnovitz and Heimer expect Kobe Bryant to be defended?

- (27:20): Predictions!

- (30:00): The Clippers got their act together almost immediately upon the reinstatement of Clipper Darrell. Pure coincidence or testament to the power of a super-fan who now "understands his role?" And yes, I do find the notion of a meeting to spell out Clipper Darrell's "role" hysterically funny.

Matt Barnes on the bench, Mike Brown's rotation, the Clips, and more

April, 2, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Lakers forward Matt Barnes joined 710 ESPN's Mason and Ireland Show -- click here or the full interview -- touching on a wide range of subjects including the strongest team they've played this season (not surprisingly, Barnes chooses Oklahoma City) and questions about Mike Brown's rotation (often frustrating, particularly for him, but evening out with time).

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Matt Barnes has been solid off the bench this season for L.A., but hasn't had much company.

One of the more interesting moments came when Barnes was asked about the bench, and whether he takes personally the near nightly outscoring of L.A.'s bench by the opposition's:
"It's a little different, here. I think our production is not necessarily measured by points. It's more the small things. We have such a talented and offensive oriented team that guys off the bench -- last night I played 27 minutes and got four shots. Normally guys like James Harden will play 27 minutes and get 18 shots off the bench. So it's kind of hard to gauge our production point-wise, because we have Kobe (Bryant), we have Andrew (Bynum), we have Pau (Gasol), and now we have Ramon (Sessions) who is also a proven scorer. So it's a little frustrating to hear [the criticism of the bench] sometimes, but this game comes with a lot of criticism and we'll definitely shoulder that."

While it might sound like an excuse, Barnes is right. The bulk of the offensive opportunities still go to the starters remaining on the floor with the reserves, making points an imperfect way to measure a good game from a bad one. Josh McRoberts had one field goal against the Warriors Tuesday night -- albeit with the ultimate FG-to-SportsCenter highlight ratio -- but had eight rebounds and worked hard. Troy Murphy's eight points were nice, but the 11 boards might have been more important. Barnes scores more than anyone off the bench, but is best measured by activity, not PPG. It's in this spirit the reserves should be judged: In one form or another, from rebounding to assists to defense to hustle plays to whatever, did they have a positive impact on the game?

Of course, the reason is equal parts simple and unflattering: The Lakers don't have the personnel capable of providing points on a nightly basis. They don't have a Harden, or a Lou Williams, or a Jason Terry whose living is built on getting off the bench and lighting up the opposition. L.A. made multiple plays for Michael Beasley, maybe not quite at the level of those three but still a potentially explosive scorer, but wasn't successful.

So while it's important to have a realistic understanding of what defines good play from the Lakers' bench, it's equally important to understand this recalibration isn't a function of design but necessity, is hardly ideal, and contributes greatly to the team's extremely thin margin for error.



Kobe Bryant
24.6 5.0 1.4 35.4
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.3
AssistsK. Bryant 5.0
StealsK. Bryant 1.4
BlocksE. Davis 1.2