Los Angeles Lakers: Dave Miller

The Forum: What's going on between Mike Brown and the team?

March, 29, 2012
3/29/12
12:28
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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In the newest edition of The Forum, 710 ESPN's Dave Miller joins us as we look at the dynamic between Mike Brown and his roster.

The Forum: Identity Crisis?

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
2:08
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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Last week, Mike Brown said he doesn't believe the Lakers need a change in identity to compete for a title this season. What exactly does that mean, and is he right?

We debate the topic with 710 ESPN's Dave Miller on the newest edition of The Forum.

The Forum: Will fans abandon a locked out NBA?

October, 20, 2011
10/20/11
8:04
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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After three days of marathon negotiations between players and owners, talks have broken off without any resolution. Needless to say, that ain't good. In the meantime, a recent ESPNLA.com poll showed that 42 percent of fans are so fed up by the lockout, were the 2012 season canceled, they're "done with the NBA." As in, "washing their hands of the league for good."

How surprising is this strong reaction? How seriously should it be taken? How can the league win back the disgruntled masses?

Dave McMenamin, Dave Miller and I chop it up.

The Forum: How would the Lakers use an amnesty provision?

October, 6, 2011
10/06/11
9:45
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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The last time this whole CBA thing went down, one of the more interesting aspects of the deal was a one-time "amnesty" provision -- otherwise known as the "Allan Houston Rule"-- allowing teams to remove one player and his salary from their roster. The guy still got whatever money he was owed, but no longer counted against his squad's salary cap or factored into a luxury tax bill.

Could a similar rule be part of a new agreement, once it's hammered out? Maybe, maybe not, but either way it's an interesting question to ask: If given the opportunity, on which player would the Lakers use their amnesty chip, and why? Andy started the conversation here and on the newest edition of The Forum, we continue it with 710 ESPN hoops analyst Dave Miller.

The Triangle: Does labor peace in the NFL impact the NBA lockout?

August, 1, 2011
8/01/11
3:42
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The NFL is back, rescuing Sunday's and Monday's for all of America through the fall and winter. On the newest edition of The Triangle, 710 ESPN's Dave Miller joins us as we examine whether the end of those labor problems might impact the NBA's lockout.

It probably should . . . but "should" and "does" aren't always simpatico. At the very least, today's rekindling of negotiations didn't bring positive news.

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The Triangle: Free agent targets

July, 11, 2011
7/11/11
6:56
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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At some point, the owners and players will land on a mutually acceptable Collective Bargaining Agreement and put an end to the lockout. When that happens, teams will begin chasing free agents. Who should the Lakers pursue? Or rather, who can the Lakers pursue, given their salary cap constraints?

The K Bros and 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller offer suggestions.

The Triangle: Thoughts on Metta World Peace

June, 27, 2011
6/27/11
1:20
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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The K Bros and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller discuss Ron Artest's petition to legally change his name to Metta World Peace, and whether this should give us pause.

The Triangle: Trade rumors and the draft

June, 25, 2011
6/25/11
3:48
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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On the new show, the K Bros and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller discuss recent trade rumors involving Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, the Lakers' second round picks and which team came out smelling most like a rose after the draft.

The Triangle: Kobe vs. Dirk, 2012 title odds and the draft

June, 16, 2011
6/16/11
3:05
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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In the newest edition of The Triangle, the K Bros and 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller discuss whether Kobe Bryant is still capable of a sustained playoff run like Dirk Nowitzki's recent showing, the Lakers' championship odds next season as currently constructed, and the quality available in the second round of the draft.

The Triangle: Kobe Bryant rapid fire edition

May, 29, 2011
5/29/11
4:30
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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In this edition of The Triangle, we interrupt the Mike Brown conversation for a few words on this obscure shooting guard the Lakers have allowed to hang around the roster for a few seasons, as 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller joins us to talk Kobe Bryant.

Rapid fire style, we work through some of the big issues surrounding 24, including projections of his health heading into next season, what the Lakers need to put around him in order for Bryant to get the ring eluding him this year, and how long Kobe can be Kobe.

The Triangle: Should the Lakers consider moving Pau Gasol?

May, 8, 2011
5/08/11
9:51
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By The Kamenetzky brothers
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Whether in the Land O' Lakers comments section or on sports talk radio, this has been a discussion point throughout what's been a miserable postseason for Pau Gasol. AK, ESPNLA.com columnist Ramona Shelburne and 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller break down the hypothetical.

The Triangle: What's going wrong with the Lakers?

May, 6, 2011
5/06/11
2:10
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By The Kamenetzky brothers
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Andy Kamenetzky, ESPNLA.com columnist Ramona Shelburne and 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller host a somber edition of The Triangle. Are the Lakers coming apart? Can the Lakers actually bounce back from down 0-2 to win the series? We're not optimists, but happy to end up wrong.

The Triangle: On trading Bynum, sacrificing the now, and "the process"

February, 10, 2011
2/10/11
11:03
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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No surprise, our panel this week- Brian Kamenetzky, Andy Kamenetzky, and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller- tackle the trade rumors swirling around the team. What would it mean to move Andrew Bynum? What's the balance between capitalizing on opportunities today and securing a successful future?

We cap it off with a question from our Twitter feed. ETrinidadMBA asks in response to L.A.'s inconsistent play:"The core has been together for quite some time- how is it that it's always a "process?"



Keep sending us questions for the segment, whether through the Triangle page, our mailbag, Facebook, or Twitter.

What's going wrong for the Lakers

December, 29, 2010
12/29/10
11:33
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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The Lakers aren't just mired in a three-game losing streak. As Brian noted earlier, this particular skid is chock full of disturbing numbers. But really, this nadir is the tip of the iceberg for a team trending downward over the last few weeks. In losses or even wins, the Lakers haven't looked sharp and appear increasingly out of sorts.

With that in mind, I thought it was worth taking a look at some lingering issues as to why the train appears to have gone off the rails. The problems are correctable -- although the team is officially on the clock -- but these are some of the trouble spots:

Pau Gasol's inconsistency

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Gasol hasn't been dominating around the
rim with ease this season.



It's been a strange season for Gasol. Over the first 10 or so games, he was regarded as a potential MVP candidate. Then Theo Ratliff joined Andrew Bynum on the shelf, which left Pau on the verge of collapse from playing 40-plus minutes most nights. Bynum is back but Gasol remains out of sorts, with performances ranging from outstanding (in Chicago) to worse than the stat sheet would indicate (Christmas Day).

Phil Jackson's cryptic comments about Gasol's indecisiveness and "soft" releases make it difficult to know if his problem is mental, physical or both. (Jackson declined my request to elaborate.) Still, Jackson's statement that Pau's game "has to be effective for us to be consistently good" couldn't be more correct. More than anybody, including Kobe Bryant, Gasol is the difference between the Lakers being good or borderline unbeatable. Beyond the numbers, it's his skills as a triangular conduit, which are even tougher to combat than Bryant's. (Plus, running the offense through Pau makes life easier for Kobe, which in turn makes 24 deadlier.)

For the Lakers to reestablish their identity, Gasol needs to rediscover his.

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How to get the ball inside: Four tips for Game 4 with coach Dave Miller

April, 24, 2010
4/24/10
5:56
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Through three games of this first round series, even the victorious ones, the Lakers' offense has generally been a boggy, sloggy, often-cringeworthy thing. Credit Oklahoma City's defense- they're really good on that end of the floor, almost certainly better than any team the Lakers will see in the Western Conference playoffs- but the Lakers can clearly perform better.

One big problem has been the lack of consistent post production. The Thunder are active, sending doubles and triples to L.A.'s bigs, then fronting to deny entry passes. They're begging the Lakers to take jumpers, and as their 31 hoists from downtown in Game 3 illustrate, the purple and gold are obliging.

The Lakers need to regain the paint, and to explain how to make it happen, I got together with coach Dave Miller, former assistant with Byron Scott in New Orleans. He hit me with some good, practical, nuts-and-bolts things to watch tonight. If they happen, likely the Lakers are producing inside.

If not... uh oh.

Four Problems with L.A.'s Post Game and How to Solve Them:

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 9.7
AssistsK. Marshall 8.8
StealsJ. Meeks 1.4
BlocksP. Gasol 1.5