Chat with the Kamenetzky Brothers
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll have ESPNLosAngeles.com Los Angeles Lakers bloggers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky stopping by for their weekly chat.
Before joining ESPNLosAngeles.com, Brian and Andy hosted Lakers Blog for the Los Angeles Times from 2005-09. They host the ESPN Kamenetzky Brothers Lakers PodKast and frequently appear on ESPN Radio 710. As contributors for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, they have written about virtually every sport known to mankind.
Send your questions now and join the Brothers Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET!
Andy Kamenetzky (1:33 PM)
Hey all, how's it going? Brian is on vacation, so it's just me today. Be patient if it goes a little slow. But let's get 'er rollin'!
T (Cascade, MT)
K Bros.-You can't get many questions from Montana, so I expect this one to get through. If the entire NBA season is cancelled, do you see that as a good thing or a bad thing for this particular Lakers team. Not playing 82-100 games would certainly be good for the joints, but they'd all still be a year older in 2012-2013. What say you?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:36 PM)
T - In honor of Phil Jackson, the citizen of Montana gets first dibs. I think a year off is a terrible thing for the Lakers. Yes, their joints/bodies may get some rest, but so does everyone else in the league. But in the meantime, the Laker roster goes from "old" to "older," and that's a fact hard to offset. In my mind, the window for a team built around Kobe shrinks with each passing season, making 2012 the best chance for another title. It would be horrible to miss it.
KJ (San Diego, CA)
On the CBA % split: After the players salaries are paid out for the year, if the BRI is higher than the salary totals, who pays that remaining amount (if the total salaries don't reach that BRI %)? For example, do the teams like the Lakes --way over the salary cap-- have to contribute? Is it just a lower percentage for teams like that? Or do teams under the cap split the balance? How does that work? P.S. keep those great podcasts rolling!
Andy Kamenetzky (1:40 PM)
KJ: To be honest, I don't really know how exactly to answer that without all the CBA details in place. These are very fluid and complicated matters. However, I'd recommend following Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) on Twitter and asking him the question. He's pretty good about responding and nobody knows more about this stuff than Larry. He's an absolute expert. Thanks for nice words about the podcasts.
Jaelen Rollins (Simi Valley, CA)
I have two questions for you guys, first off will there be a basketball season this year? If so, will Dwight Howard become a Laker Before the season?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:41 PM)
Jaelen: 1) My gut says yes, but I've been wrong before. 2) My gut says no, and I'm very confident my gut is correct.
Mike (South Bay)
Are you guys getting depressed during the lockout?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:46 PM)
Mike: Kinda depressed, but more bored than anything. As I wrote before, I'm beyond burned out on these negotiations. My mind is numb at this point. I imagine a lot of fans feel the same.
Darius (Pomona, CA)
I remember the last time ESPN ranked Kobe outside the top 5 was before the 05-06 season. And we all know what Kobe did then. I'm just saying..
Andy Kamenetzky (1:53 PM)
Darius: Well, before Kobe can avenge a ranking not to his liking, we need a season. Gotta walk before we run. As for #NBArank, I understand why Laker/Kobe fans are honked, but it's important to remember these weren't traditional rankings first-last, but a composite of 91 writers' grade of each player on a scale of 1-10. Kobe averaged 9.4. LeBron 9.91. In other words, half of a point separated the two at 1 vs. 7, and while I'm no mathematical genius, it seems impossible for Kobe not to have received a 10 from about half the writers. In other words, Kobe and LeBron considered among writers more or less the same level of elite.
Sally (San Fernando, CA)
Is Derek Fisher truly the best candidate to represent the players in these negotiations?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:58 PM)
Sally: Well, he's no JaVale McGee... All joking aside, Fish is, in my opinion, about as good a candidate as the league offers. He's very respected around players, among fans, is fantastic with the media, and expresses his thoughts exceptionally well.
Which Laker would you want in your group during a zombie apocalypse? I'd personally go with Luke Walton. The undead have an unwritten rule not to hurt their own and the way Luke's been playing these past couple years, he'd be great at scavenging for food and other necessities as no zombies would bother him.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:59 PM)
Never: I too am counting on "The Walking Dead" to help me slog through the lockout doldrums. As for the question, though, isn't the answer "Kobe," he of the "ice water in his veins" persona? A lack of blood would throw the zombies off the scent, no?
Fish or Steve Blake next season as starting PG?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:01 PM)
Bill: To be honest, I don't really think who starts between them is nearly as important as the distribution of minutes and who closes games. But a new system/coach will probably allow Blake more of a legitimate battle than last season, which will be interesting at the very least.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Did the NBA Cancel their games up to Christmas Day yet due to a Labor Dispute?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:01 PM)
Chris: Not yet, knock on wood.
Dwight Howard (??)
OK then, what does your gut tell you about I'll be after next season (if there's a season).
Andy Kamenetzky (2:09 PM)
Dwight: My gut -- and this is only my gut -- actually says the Lakers, believe or not, just because it's an appealing landing spot and the Lakers have the best position-for-position sub to offer in Bynum. Plus, it's a franchise with a track record for landing elite centers. Although -- and again, just my gut, and this just popped into my head -- I wonder if the Clippers could actually be a dark horse candidate. They have a lot of young talent to offer in a trade, and a tandem of Blake-Howard would be unreal (assuming Griffin is down with sharing some spotlight, which I bet he would be). And it's the same L.A. market. Perhaps they can include Donald Sterling in the trade?
Eric (Pittsburgh, PA)
How do the ESPN writers justify Andrew Goudelock's #NBArank of 478? He's AT LEAST 464, if not even 460! The whole thing is a joke!
Andy Kamenetzky (2:10 PM)
Eric: #Nbarank has its flaws, without question. It is an imperfect system.
Will (San Diego)
USC or Notre Dame for this weeks game?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:14 PM)
Will: I'm thinking 'SC, but that's perhaps my alumni heart talking as much as anything. South Bend ain't an easy place for a roadie, and Notre Dame's MSU win looks pretty good right about now, and the loss to Michigan was close. Yes, it's really their only big win, but who has USC beat, ya know? Still, I'll run with my school, if probably incorrectly.
Rodney (Brooklyn, NY)
What is the likely hood of an alternative league starting? Maybe with just 8 teams or so for the largest markets. I think that would be awesome. The teams would all be stacked with talent. Unfortunately guys like Kris Humphries would not make the cut.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:15 PM)
Rodney: True, but that would also allow Kris and Kim more time to nurture and market their love. And really, isn't that what the lockout is all about?
Stephanie (Las Vegas)
Who is your all-time favorite player from a team the Lakers once feuded against?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:18 PM)
Stephanie: Ooooooooh. Interesting question. I'm gonna say Bobby Jackson from those Sacto squads. He used to kill the Lakers, but objectively speaking, he was a very fun player to watch. And during that classic 2002 WCF, he and Mike Bibby were the only two Kings who didn't seem afraid or nervous in the moment. Bibby, however, annoyed me too much to appreciate that moxie or success as a basketball purist, even if I respected it.
What will you and BK do if there's no season?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:19 PM)
Alan: Well, I don't wanna speak for my brother, but my answer would be "drink." And I'm guessing heavily.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:20 PM)
And on that note, that's all the time we have. Thanks for dropping by. Same time next week. Keep dropping by the blog for more updates on the lockout and Laker news.