Los Angeles Lakers: J.A. Adande

Fun stuff on the newest edition of the show.

We entered the studio determined to avoid harping on this week's edition of the Kobe Bryant Shooting Controversy, but it's a tough thing to avoid. Want to talk about Andrew Bynum, where he's going, and whether he deserves a bigger role? Impossible without getting into Kobe. Pau Gasol's place in the pecking order? Certainly related to Kobe. How has Mike Brown done as Lakers head coach? Gonna have to talk Kobe.

So if you can't talk about the Lakers, what about non-basketball related topics? We test it by playing Six Degrees of Kobe's Shot Selection, i.e. The Kevin Bacon Game. (8:30)

After that bit of silliness, and a little actual analysis (13:30), we welcome ESPN.com's J.A. Adande (17:45). This week, he wrote a great feature addressing an issue fans have been talking about since the first time this year's Lakers squad took the floor-- namely the high number of American born white players on the roster. Five in all, as many as the team has had in over three decades.

With that starting point, we discuss not only what it means regarding the Lakers, but the interesting role of race and stereotypes in basketball, and how it compares to other sports.

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Hollinger scouting reports, and a Lakers 5-on-5

November, 28, 2011
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
If you missed it, John Hollinger has released his perpetually fascinating player scouting reports for this season's Lakers team (Insider required). Whether regarding the Lakers or other teams around the league, they're always among my favorite yearly NBA reads.

From there, Andy and I participated in today's 5-on-5 roundtable discussion on the Lakers, with ESPN.com's J.A. Adande, ESPNLA's Lakers beat writer Dave McMenamin, and Darius Soriano of TrueHoop's Forum Blue and Gold.

The five questions on the docket:
  1. For which Laker is the 2011-12 season most important?
  2. Who is the most intriguing player on the Lakers roster?
  3. What's the most surprising take in Hollinger's Lakers profiles?
  4. What do the Lakers need most?
  5. Will a shortened season help or hurt the Lakers?
Click here to read.



Kobe Bryant
22.3 5.6 1.3 34.5
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.9
AssistsK. Bryant 5.6
StealsR. Price 1.6
BlocksE. Davis 1.3