Los Angeles Lakers: Frank McCourt

Podkast with Colin Hanks: "Dexter," Bay Area sports, and the Sacramento Kings

October, 30, 2011
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
Colin Hanks has a wide range of interests including sports, music, and of course, acting. He'd love a similarly eclectic IMDB page, but freely admits this hasn't been the fate so far. His new role as "Travis Marshall" on the hit Showtime series "Dexter," however, could perhaps be a game-changer. Hanks hopes being cast far against type as a serial killer will broaden the variety of parts offered his way.

We spoke at length with Hanks about his favorite sports teams, a documentary in the works, acting, and "Dexter." The entire show can be heard here, or if you want to hear specific parts, click on the links in the breakdown below:

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Don't hold Hanks' love for the Giants and Kings against him.

- (2:46) A die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, Hanks explains what went wrong for the 2010 World Series champs. Also, if any further proof of how messy the Dodgers' ownership situation has grown, chew on this: Hanks doesn't even feel any pleasure as the Blue wallow in lawsuits. He actually feels bad for them. This is "human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria" territory we've just entered!

- (10:18) Hanks, who grew up in Sacramento, explains how devastating a 2012 NBA season lost to a lockout would be for the city. His concern is the Kings will actually be contracted, rather than moved to Anaheim or elsewhere. Either fate, however, would be a horrible blow. He also talks about the desperate need for a new arena and shares memories of the Lakers-Kings rivalry at its most heated.

- (19:06) "Dexter" talk!!! Hanks is in the unusual position of playing a show's "bad guy" serial killer. (As opposed to the title character, who at least boasts some sense of warped honor.) How do you approach such a role, particularly as someone cast mostly as the straight man or, as Hanks puts it, a "quasi-likable, funny-ish type fellow?" It's a challenge relished by the young actor.

- (26:11) "Dexter" has an extremely fanatical following that dissects every bit of minutia possible. Having never been part of such a project before, that obsessiveness took Hanks by surprise.

- (28:54) Hanks compares joining a show in its sixth season with being an athlete in the final year of a contract before free agency.

- (32:58) Hanks is working on a documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records, a franchise born in Sacramento. In the age of downloaded music, places like Tower that created a communal outlet for experiencing music barely exist anymore. While Hanks does acknowledge the oodles of great tunes he's discovered via the Internet, there's something special about the vibe at a crowded record store or sifting through an album's liner notes.

- (43:00) Colin shares how his interest in acting had very little to do with exposure to Hollywood as the son of Tom Hanks, but rather high school plays.

- (51:03) Hanks praises the heck out of Jim Harbaugh, who's done wonders transforming his beloved 49ers this season.

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Things have gotten pretty messy for Walter White and the Dodgers.

For my money, there's no drama currently on the air better than AMC's "Breaking Bad." There also may be no better lead performance than Bryan Cranston as "Walter White" on that same show. He won three consecutive Emmy awards from 2008-2010 and his career has exploded as a result of his outstanding portrayal of a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook. Cranston is also a Canoga Park native and a life-long die hard Dodger fan who's gone through this season's whirlwind like everyone else in L.A.

With "Breaking Bad's" season finale airing this Sunday, we talked with Cranston about the show, the Dodgers and acting in general. You can hear the entire show by clicking here, or if you want jump to specific parts in the breakdown below, click on the links:

- (4:18) Cranston shares how he fell in love with the Dodgers as a five year old watching Wally Moon hit "Moonshots" out of the Colosseum. These days, however, the Blue spark messier, uglier visions as the McCourt saga drags on with no end in sight. However, as Cranston notes, there's reason for optimism in the forms of Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp, his respective picks for the NL Cy Young and MVP. This led to a brief debate over the merits of Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander for AL MVP, plus Cranston's suggestions to create "The Kamenetzky Award" for the best performance on a bad team, as well as Razzie Awards in baseball.

- (7:58) Cranston discusses the moment Walter White truly "broke bad," and how show creator Vince Gilligan created the character with the goal of putting him through a radical transformation. A shift from "Mister Chips to Scarface," as Gilligan put it. Cranston's response: "I don't even know if that's possible, but if it is, how magnificent of a ride would that be?"

By leaps and bounds, they've pulled it off.

- (15:34) Cranston was once quoted as saying, "Actors basically are the type of person that with three seconds left, we want the ball. Give us the shot to make it or miss it." He describes it as "the actor's arrogance." We discuss the commonality of that mindset for an athlete like Kobe Bryant.

- (21:55) In his fantasy world, Cranston would become the next owner of the Dodgers. Were fantasy to become reality, would he spend money this offseason Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols or more pitchers?

Poll: Would you want Dr. Buss to take a stake in the Dodgers?

April, 28, 2011
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Andy and I spent Thursday afternoon filling in for John Ireland on 710 ESPN's Mason and Ireland Show, and no surprise much of the air time was sucked up by the Dodgers. While Frank McCourt fights back against Major League Baseball, Tom Schieffer, the Blue's new "monitor," was introduced to the media.

Among the litany of calls on the subject was one from an L.A. sports fan wishing the Buss family would buy into the Dodgers and show McCourt how to run a true winner. To be abundantly clear, it's absolutely not going to happen, but still raises a fun hypothetical for fans of both teams. If it was an option, would you want Dr. Buss to branch out into baseball? He's owned teams in other leagues, right? Why not a crown jewel of America's pastime?

Sounds tempting, particularly for Dodgers die hards. The Buss' certainly bring a sense of stability and trust, both of which are in short supply around the Ravine these days. Even better, Dr. Buss is a Dodger fan, and as I understand even toyed with the idea of buying in with them at different points in the past.

Still, it's not a good idea. The Buss family has become incredibly successful with the purple and gold in part because their focus is narrow. The Lakers are a family business- albeit one with incredible amounts of star power and cache, global reach, and sky high value- as opposed to one part of a larger sports empire. Basketball is their gig. It's what they know, and the record Dr. Buss has built as owner is the most impressive in professional sports.

Perhaps there's an alternate universe in which back in '79 Dr. Buss bought the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium instead of the Lakers, Kings, and the Forum. There, the Blue have more than a pair of World Series championships- none since '88- won since. But it's incredibly hard, particularly now, to run one successful franchise, let alone two (whether as a full owner or partner, particularly with someone like the McCourts).

There's a risk of robbing Peter to pay Paul, even if unintentionally.

In terms of delivering for their fans, the Lakers are about as close to the ideal as can be had. Appealing as it might seem to have someone like Dr. Buss take a hand in steering the Dodgers, it's best not to mess with what works.



Kobe Bryant
22.3 5.6 1.3 34.5
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.1
AssistsK. Bryant 5.6
StealsR. Price 1.5
BlocksE. Davis 1.1