Los Angeles Lakers: Prince

New Podkast: "Blowing it up," offseason moves and Andrew Bynum

May, 14, 2011
5/14/11
4:30
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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The Lakers may be done, but the K Bros keep cranking out the ear candy. It's because we care about the Land O' Lakers faithful. And we're contractually obligated to record a certain amount of shows. Among the talking points:

- Magic Johnson's "blow it up" comments, how little thought he appeared to have given to the logistics of "blowing it up," and Magic's proclivity these days for bold comments. The current Lakers definitely don't agree with his assessment and especially not the timing, given it was offered while the team was still competing.

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Andy and Brian discuss Magic Johnson's cries to blow up the Lakers, what offseason moves should be made and whether there's an "Andrew Bynum problem" brewing beyond any health issues.

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For what it's worth, we also don't think a "Bridge Over the River Kwai" approach is the right call. For starters, the unceremonious, embarrassing playoff exit should work wonders towards motivating and focusing the 2012 Lakers. It feels very similar to how the 131-92 Game 6 shellacking in Boston shaped the 2009 title run. For that matter, the criticism lobbed at Pau Gasol added fuel to his fire, which should be the case once again.

There's also no guarantee the core players can be flipped for better talent. Plus, the window for an elite team with Kobe Bryant as a focal point is narrowing, and a brand new roster could equal a season burned while players gain familiarity with each other. The Lakers don't really have that luxury.

- Still, by definition of getting swept, the Lakers need to improve on some level this offseason. What are the areas in need of addressing?

- What to make of Andrew Bynum's obvious desire to increase his presence -- offensively, defensively, leadership -- and Kobe's assessment that Drew will ultimately "have to fall in line" behind himself and Pau Gasol (at least in terms of touches). The issue isn't so much whose vision of Bynum's role makes more sense -- although it certainly bears examination -- but rather Drew's potential dissatisfaction with what could be his gig for the immediate future. Beyond his health concerns and obvious trade value, would the Lakers need to move Bynum to avoid a potential problem?

Of course, if Kobe isn't willing to alter the pecking order throughout games or during crunch time to any degree under any circumstances, the issue might resurface with, say, Dwight Howard, among other stars potentially landed for Drew.

New Land O' Lakers PodKast with Bomani Jones

March, 11, 2011
3/11/11
11:15
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Big games like Thursday's in Miami mandate a big guest in studio for reflection. Bomani Jones (The Morning Jones, ESPN) qualifies on both counts. But the discussion wasn't limited to just the battle in South Beach. So much is happening these days in the NBA, we found ourselves recording two shows, both remain free of charge for the Land O' Lakers community! That's how much we care about y'all.

Here are the talking points.

PART I

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Andy and Brian talk with Bomani Jones (The Morning Jones, ESPN) about Lakers-Heat, the Lakers' late-game execution, and Kobe's shoot-a-thon after the loss." Podcast Listen
- Our thoughts on the game itself. Chris Bosh's redemptive performance. The Lakers' fourth-quarter execution. Miami's supporting cast finally showing up. And Kobe Bryant's shot selection in the last few minutes.

- Bomani wonders if Kobe and Derek Fisher are too old as a starting backcourt. We also celebrate the concept of "Joe Smith" and what life would like at 6-feet-10 or taller.

- We dissect the bizarre dichotomy of how Pau Gasol regularly beasts the glass, yet still periodically feels "soft."

- Was Kobe's hour-long shooting practice after the Miami loss a reflection of his work ethic, a reflection of his desire to make sure you never forget his work ethic, or both? And why Kobe's personality always keeps people speculating.

PART II

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Andy and Brian talk with Bomani Jones (The Morining Jones, ESPN) about the war of words between Stan Van Gundy and David Stern, the CBA, and whether the Dallas Mavericks remain a soft team." Podcast Listen
- The war of words between Stan Van Gundy and David Stern, the latter of whom sounded ready to leave a horse's head in the Magic coach's bed. The Commish loves heavy-handed reminders that he's in charge.

- Thoughts on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the lunacy that is the Mid-Level Exception and why the players will never win the P.R. battle if there's a work stoppage. Or, for that matter, their personal financial battles.

- Bomani has tickets for an upcoming Prince concert. In related news, the K Bros are extremely jealous, and Carlos Boozer will not likely be in attendance.

- With Dallas next on the docket, we examine whether the Mavericks' "soft" reputation is earned or people refusing to let go of the past. Plus, how much different would the 2011 NBA landscape be if the 2006 Mavericks hadn't lost in the Finals?

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Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsK. Bryant 6.3
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BlocksW. Johnson 1.0