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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Lakers-Cavs preview/new Podkast with guest Mike Fratello

By Andy Kamenetzky

Andy and Brian preview the upcoming eight game, 13 day epic roadie and welcome TNT basketball analyst Mike Fratello to the show, talking L.A.'s first half, LeBron and the Cavs, and Pau Gasol.

Podcast Listen
Did ya think we'd let a week pass without a Kamenetzky Brothers gabfest? Well, wish and pray as you might, not happening. There's a new recording fresh out of the factory, ready to be shared. A breakdown below:

-(2:38 mark): You heard players discuss the roadie's significance. Brian and I take our turn. Similar to the athlete consensus, I'm of the opinion that while you always want to win and play in a way developing growth, the "stakes" accompanying this eight-game bonanza have been overstated. Unless the losses are specifically the result of issues that could linger, the Lakers remain who they are, regardless of whether they go 6-2 or 4-4. Brian sees where I'm coming from, but from a long-term standpoint, is a little more concerned about racking the W's.

-(9:18 mark): Which of the upcoming contests not involving Cleveland or Boston strike us as the most intriguing?

-(13:25 mark): My upcoming interview with TNT's Mike Fratello, AKA "The Czar," reminds me how whenever I envision dictators and rulers of yore, I always picture them short in stature, which makes me think of Fratello, who is also short. Before realizing a "telestrater" was involved, I incorrectly viewed the nickname as a reference to height. This leads to a discussion of history's vertically-challenged leaders.

-And finally, I spend some time chatting with Fratello as a preview of tonight's Lakers-Cavs rematch. Topics include his opinion of the Lakers at the halfway mark, Pau Gasol's growth since coaching him in Memphis and the best way to go about containing LeBron James. For just the interview, click here.

Excerpts from Fratello on tonight's game...

On how he expects both teams to come out:

On the best way to approach containing Lebron James:

On coach Mike Brown now figuring out how to implement Shaquille O'Neal into the frontcourt while allowing LeBron to remain dominant: