Los Angeles Lakers: Podcast

Kurt Rambis on on ‘Max & Marcellus Show’

July, 29, 2013
By ESPNLosAngeles.com
Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis joined Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on ESPNLA 710 on Monday to talk about his return to Los Angeles, the type of offense Mike D'Antoni and the Lakers want to run, the expectations for the Lakers this year and getting this team to play tough and nasty.

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PodKast: On Howard and Kobe's moment, Pau's future, and 30,000 points for Bryant

December, 7, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
The Lakers may be short on wins relative to expectations, but they've certainly not disappointed in the "things to talk about" category. This week has been no exception. Pau Gasol's future in Los Angeles is again being called into question, a future made a little tougher to predict thanks to the knee tendinitis putting him on the shelf for a still unknown stretch of time. Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant got into it during the first half of Wednesday's win over the Hornets in New Orleans. Is it a sign of an impending starpocalypse?

And, of course, Bryant became only the fifth player in league history to crack 30,000 points over his career. A remarkable achievement.

These are the three big issues on the docket in the newest edition of the Kamenetzky Brothers Lakers PodKast. Click on the module below to hear the show.

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Podcasts: Kevin James and Bryan Cranston

October, 12, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
This week, we had a chance to talk with two very entertaining actors, each with movies opening Friday.

First, the always awesome Bryan Cranston returned to the show ahead of "Argo," based on the true story of six American diplomats forced to hide at the home of Canada's ambassador to Iran during the hostage crisis that began in 1979. (I saw a screening earlier this week, and it's very good.)

CLICK HERE OR THE INTERVIEW. Among the topics of conversation:
  • His memories of the hostage crisis.
  • Ben Affleck the leading man was frequently the object of ridicule. Ben Affleck the director, however, has built an impressive resume. Cranston's impressions after working with him on "Argo."
  • The experience as an actor of tackling such an important part of American history.
  • "Breaking Bad" is nearing an end, with the final eight episodes coming after the first of the year. His feelings on having to soon put Walter White to bed.
  • When Cranston -- a die-hard Dodgers fan -- first came on our show, he expressed interest in taking ownership of the Dodgers in a post-Frank McCourt era. Obviously it didn't happen. Any disappointment? How quickly could he take Ned Colletti's job if asked?

Kevin James opens "Here Comes the Boom," in which he plays a teacher moonlighting as a low level MMA fighter in order to raise money to save his high school's extracurricular programs.

CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERVIEW. Among the highlights:
  • James is a card-carrying member of Gang Green. His thoughts on the Jets and Tim Tebow.
  • James named his daughter Shea, after the now-gone Mets home stadium. Lovely name, but was there any hesitation naming her after a building universally seen as an eyesore? In the process, we learn the name of James' hypothetical autobiography.
  • How difficult was it for James to dive into the MMA world for "Here Comes the Boom?" How good did he get?
  • This is the second time he's worked with Salma Hayek ("Grownups" being the other.) Fair to say she's following him around?


PodKast: On Kobe's team, flopping, and endorsements LeBron doesn't want

October, 5, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Aaaaaaaaaaand, we're off!

The 2012-13 season kicked off this week with Monday's media day, and overall it's been a good week for the Lakers. Dwight Howard is participating more fully in practice than most expected when the trade came down in early August, raising the odds for an early season, or even an opening night, debut in purple and gold.

Steve Blake, meanwhile, is back on the floor following his parking lot mishap last month, returning in 10 days instead of the three weeks originally projected.

Still, with four All-Stars and a new offense to integrate, questions of chemistry abound and right away headlines were made as Kobe Bryant declared the Lakers "my team" on day 1. The reaction -- in some cases overreaction -- was swift. And that's where we start (after Andy tells a quick story of his airport encounter with his favorite member of the 'What's Happening!!' cast) in the newest podcast.

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We touched on those comments in the latest edition of The Forum, and expand on it here. (3:05) In terms of practical impact on actual basketball games, what does Kobe's declaration actually mean? We asked Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, and Bryant himself at practice this week. (7:45)

We're big on the idea of waiting to see how guys actually play before making judgments, but is there anything Kobe might (realistically) say that should cause genuine concern? (11:45)

The NBA has introduced it's new flopping rules. Good idea or not? Where could the whole thing go goofy? Yes, we all want to punish the bad floppers, but shouldn't the truly outstanding/absurd ones be somehow rewarded? (17:00)

Finally, we find a LeBron James branded product we are absolutely certain LeBron James didn't actually endorse. (22:00)

PodKast: Antawn Jamison on signing in L.A., Princeton O, and honey buns

August, 3, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Earlier in the week, Kobe Bryant said the Lakers plan on running the Princeton offense this year, in an effort to add more structure and better take advantage of their talent on that side of the ball. To that end, the Lakers are reportedly adding Washington Wizards head coach and Princeton O expert Eddie Jordan to Mike Brown's staff.

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Thursday afternoon, Andy and I welcomed to the show new Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, who played for Jordan in D.C. for over four seasons. Among other things, we asked him what the new offense might look like for the Lakers, why it's a good fit, and how running a system helps give a team an identity:

Q: How did you enjoy playing in the offense, and more specifically how do you picture Steve Nash being used in it?
"The thing about [those seasons], we had Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Larry Hughes -- we had guys that are offensive threats that can really put the ball in the basket. I think the notion of the [Princeton] offense is that it slows you down. teams that don't have that much talent use it because they're going against teams with much more talent and you're trying to slow them down, but we were up there in scoring every year.

And the thing I like about it, especially with Steve, you can do so much. Steve is a great player with the ball in his hands, and a great player without the ball in his hands. To have his kind of skill set mixed in with this offense, I think the sky is the limit. You put the defense in a bind. You're reading the defense, and every time the defense makes a mistake, it's layup after layup. Imagine having the talent of Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum, being able to get to the elbow area and one or two dribbles they're right at the rim. You've got guys like Metta [World] Peace who can fight up and slash to the basket. And we all know what kind of attention Kobe's going to get when he gets the ball.

This offense really puts pressure on the defense, and makes them have to work. It's not you're coming down and one guy has the ball, and he's running down 15-20 seconds out of the clock and you're trying to find something. This sets up your teammates to get open shots. This sets up your teammates to create space on the floor. When you have space on the floor with the group of guys we have on this team, that's dangerous."
How important is it for a team to have a system, whatever that system might be?
"I think it's really important ... You know what teams run. It's the same sets, different terminology, or whatever... but with this offense, it gets everybody involved. That's the thing I like about it. Your center can flash up, he can be making passes. If he turns around and doesn't see anything, he has a one-on-one move. It's hard for the defense to take anything away. If they want to deny the ball, you can back-door cut. We've got a numerous amount of guys who can make those types of passes. It really puts your [opponent], defensively, in a bind because there are so many sets you can run.

There are so many things you can do out of sets, and I think with this team, with Steve Nash anchoring it, offensively guys are going to be willing to pass the ball and get guys involved. That's a formula for success ..."

Among the other topics of conversation:
  • What factored into Jamison's decision to choose the Lakers. It didn't even require Mitch Kupchak to sing the Carolina fight song. (:45)
  • How finally getting a chance to play for a title contender has recharged Jamison's batteries heading into his 15th NBA season, and what changes for him. It is, he says, "a different type of pressure." (5:30)
  • Interesting facts mined from www.antawnjamison.com, and the "About Antawn" essay written by ... his mom. First, was Jamison really a fat baby? And what about the junk food habit she writes about? Jamison says any photographic evidence of the former has been destroyed, but cops to the latter. Yes, he still has a weakness for the sugary stuff, with one major exception. "Oh, I don't mess with honey buns anymore." In eight or so years covering the NBA, that might be my single favorite quote. (14:00)

Donald Faison on the NBA Finals, LeBron, Denzel, 'The Exes' and more

June, 17, 2012
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
Actor Donald Faison broke out with his role in "Clueless" back in 1995, then landed other solid parts before really hitting it big, cast as Dr. Christopher Turk on the long-running (and very funny) sitcom "Scrubs." He now stars on TV Land's "The Exes," kicking off its second season Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. PT.

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Donald Faison, best known for his role on "Scrubs," now stars on TV Land's "The Exes."

A huge sports fan, Faison joined us on Saturday's edition of "ESPNLA On Air."


We covered a lot of ground, starting with his role as a sports agent on "The Exes." Does he draw any inspiration from current members of the profession? From there...
  • The mess that (still) is his beloved New York Knicks, and whether he thought Phil Jackson ever might end up there. (2:30)
  • After playing such a well-known character on "Scrubs," how hard is it for fans to buy him in another role? (5:45)
  • His role in "Remember the Titans," and what he learned from working with Denzel Washington. (8:10)
  • What makes for a successful TV comedy? (10:30)
  • Finals talk, and why he's rooting for OKC. Keep in mind, he's a Knicks fan. Plus, some love for Kobe Bryant. (12:00)