Chat with A. Martinez
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPNLosAngeles.com contributors and ESPN Radio co-host A. Martinez stops by to chat about the Los Angeles sports scene.
Martinez co-hosts ESPN Radio 710's Lakers post-game show "Lakers Line." He also co-hosts, with Brain Long, "In the Zone" which airs nightly live from the ESPN Zone at LA Live.
Send your questions now and join Martinez Friday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT!
Dean (Los Angeles)
What is it about the Dodgers that you hate so much?
A MARTINEZ (7:26 PM)
I'VE LOVED THEM AND CARED ABOUT THEM SINCE I'VE BEEN AWARE OF THEIR EXISTENCE SO I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU WOULD ASK THAT.
Where would you rank the Lakers right now? Behind Cleveland, Orlando, Denver and Dallas?
A MARTINEZ (7:28 PM)
BEHIND CLEVLAND ONLY BECAUSE THEY'VE BEATEN THEM TWICE AND ONE OF THOSE TIMES THEY DIDN'T HAVE MO WILLIAMS.
Right now, for YOUR Lakers, Artest or Ariza?
A MARTINEZ (7:28 PM)
STILL ARTEST. HE'LL BE WORTH THE INVESTMENT WHEN IT'S ALL OVER.
I live here in Socal and listen to the station, what is with laker fans and their sense of entitlement? they make themselves believe that they actually should get lebron james next year, they think the rest of the league is below them and blow a gasket losing to the 29 other 'inferior' teams
A MARTINEZ (7:30 PM)
IT'S THE SAME IN NY WITH YANKEE FANS, THE SAME IN PITTSBURGH WITH STEELER FANS AND THE SAME ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR FANS OF TEAMS THAT HAVE HAD A LONG HISTORY OF WINNING.
A MARTINEZ (7:36 PM)
DO THE LAKERS HAVE TO HAVE A STRING OF IMPRESSIVE WINS FOR FANS TO BE SATISFIED?
Tess (Sierra Madre)
Do you think there's a chance Kobe is holding the ball, controlling the flow, since he's come back because he lost confidence in what he was capable of when he got hurt? Do you think he's trying to prove something to himself?
Brian Long (7:58 PM)
NA! I don't think kobe lacks any confidence. However, I do think it has been bumpy at times trying to get everyone touches. What makes you think he might have lost his edge?
A, what do you predict about who the Dodgers fifth starter will be? Can one of the Ortiz's really have anything left?
A MARTINEZ (8:04 PM)
THE DODGERS WON'T NEED A 5TH STARTER FOR THE MAJORITY OF APRIL SO WE MIGHT NOT HAVE A REAL 5TH STARTER UNTIL MAY. THAT SHOULD GIVE EVERYONE A LOT MORE TIME TO IMPRESS JOE TORRE EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE LIKE JAMES MCDONALD WILL HAVE TO DO IT IN TRIPLE-A. IF I HAD TO GUESS RIGHT NOW, JOE WILL GO WITH ONE OF THE ORTIZ'S BECAUSE THEY'RE VETS.
Eugene (Chino Hills)
Hey A Martinez how come Derek Fisher cant make a lay up? Have you ever seen an NBA players worst shot be the lay up? Also do you resign Derek next year?
A MARTINEZ (8:06 PM)
D-FISH WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR BUT WITH FARMAR'S SITUATION IN DOUBT I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF THERE'S A NEW ROTATION AT THE GUARD SPOT NEXT SEASON. HE'S LOST A STEP SO YOUNGER GUARDS CAN DEFEND HIS DRIVES TO THE BASKET FOR THOSE LAYUPS.
tony (los angeles)
do you think the lakers will win the championship
Brian Long (8:08 PM)
THEY CAN AND THEY SHOULD. BUT, THERE IS A TON OF B-BALL TO BE PLAYED AND SO MANY THINGS CAN HAPPEN. LET'S SEE HOW THEY RESPOND OVER THE NEXT MONTH AND HOW THEY LOOK HEADING INTO THE PLAYOFFS.
A MARTINEZ (8:10 PM)
THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS, WE'LL CHAT WITH ALL YOU AGAIN NEXT WEEK. LISTEN TO LAKERSLINE TONIGHT AFTER THE LAKERS PLAY THE SUNS. SEE YA!