Los Angeles Lakers: Lang Whitaker

It's not often we land a guest good enough to keep around for 40-ish minutes. Or, more accurately, a guest that good and actually willing to tolerate Brian and me for such an interminable period of time. Thus, we jumped all over such generosity from Lang Whitaker, executive editor of Slam and SlamOnline.com. He also happens to be a die-hard Hawks fan, which made him even more ideal for a chat leading into tonight's contest.
Andy and Brian welcome Lang Whitaker, executive editor of Slam and SlamOnline.com, to the show, talking Western Conference supremacy and Wednesday's game in Atlanta. Plus, we talk about how and why athletes seem slow to recognize today's media culture, and how it can burn them.

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-(2:00): Whitaker picked the Lakers to win it all before the season began and sees no reason to jump off the "Repeat" bandwagon, despite what many consider recent slippage and a generally inconsistent season for the purple and gold.

-(4:45): Brian recently posted thoughts about the impact of more time without Andrew Bynum. Whitaker shares his thoughts, noting how the Lakers' second string center happens to Pau Gasol, hardly a chopped liver fallback. Thus, he'd be fine if Drew took as much time as needed to heal up and reminds fans how lucky they are to be in this unique position.

"As a Hawks fan, I wish we had that luxury," laments Whitaker.

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