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 (1:31 PM)
hey everyone, let's get 'er started.
Glad to get the W last night, but what was the point of bringing in someone like sessions if the Lakers still run iso's for Kobe and just sit & watch the show to close out a game?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:34 PM)
Julio: I agree, and I imagine/hope Mike Brown, the coaching staff and Kobe alike all agree. However, this is a big adjustment for everyone involved. In particular, Kobe, who's never been asked to play off ball to the degree that would make Sessions as effective as possible. The two are still feeling each other out, and in the meantime, the staff is still searching for the best balance with Sessions' talents and the rest of the team. It will be a work in progress, but it's a goal that must be heavily prioritized.
Can you say anything good abuot Blake's play of late? They guy cant score, cant shoot anymore makes some of the worst alley oop passes I have ever seen and cant guard anyone? Why is he still playing 20 + mins a night?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:38 PM)
Maximus: Blake hasn't played well at all, that's for sure. I didn't expect him to play well with the starters, because he was just a place holder. Everyone knew Sessions would eventually get the job, and Blake looked predictably stiff and tentative. However, I thought he would rediscover his comfort zone with the second unit and Barnes and Bynum, both of whom he'd developed nice chemistry alongside. Thus far, it's been the opposite. But in terms of Goudelock, he's not really a PG, and we saw this when he filled in for Blake. And defensively, he's really easy to take advantage of. I'd actually like to see AG get a little more PT, but not in Blake's place. Blake just needs to step it up.
Officer Ben Sherman (LA (Southland))
Hey K Brothers great stuff out there! question for ya...this season was pretty rough for me out on the streets. Am I starting to slip of the deep end? and How awesome is it that i was paired up with Lou Diamond?
What the heck was Bynum thinking last night? He has been playing like a beast for the last month and all of a sudden looses his mind yesterday?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:42 PM)
Lex: I have no idea what Bynum was thinking, and Tuesday's episode against the Warriors is indicative of a series of issues lowlighting's Drew's maturity concerns. This isn't an isolated incident easily brushed off. I've long been a fan of Bynum's game, and truth be told, he's a very bright kid and I don't think he's a bad guy. But often reminds why his maturity and accountability are regularly called into question. You wonder if he can ever be a leader of this team, or if he even wants to be one.
Is Andrew Bynum's lack of maturity a concern for the Lakers?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:42 PM)
Jason: See previous answer.
Someone should tell Steve Blake that he's allowed make more than one basket a game. May do wonders for his game. Why this terrible decline in his game? I always liked him when he was with Portland and the Clippers.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:43 PM)
jq: I'm pretty sure Blake's aware, but I'll be sure to pass along the message.
What has happened to the great defense Lakers had at the first half of the season??? Are the Lakers getting lazy on D when their offense has finally got some momentum ???
Andy Kamenetzky (1:44 PM)
Ram: I suspect that's a big part of the issue. When the Lakers couldn't score on a regular basis, they were forced to play defense as a matter of survival. Nothing sparks defense more than desire and urgency. For a while, the Lakers had that urgency. These days, not so much, and it shows.
The Brothers Sklar (LA)
Who are you guys? How come nobody has ever heard of you?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:46 PM)
I actually grew up with Randy and Jason. Known them my whole life. You'll need to find another pair of brothers to mock us. "Coen" could be a good play. Very talented, famous. You could get a lot of mileage outta those guys.
If Pau can launch 3's and make 25%, why cant Drew - who made is last attempt the night before?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:48 PM)
Charles: The difference is a) Pau's outside shot, whether from 3 point range or 17-20 feet, is much more reliable and tested, and b) when Pau takes a 3, it's a called set or, at the very least, within the constructs of what's happening on that particular possession. He doesn't just jack one up for funsies, which Bynum did last night. It's not about the percentages. It's about the intelligence of the shot.
ben (los angeles)
bros k, any truth to the rumor that the "benchings" and the questionable play calling mean that Brown will be a one year coach?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:50 PM)
Ben: I seriously doubt it. Brown has a long term deal and it would reflect very poorly on Jim Buss if he canned his hire after one season. Something truly disastrous would need to happen for Brown to get axed, and we're nowhere close to that point.
In terms of Bynum's leadership ability, is Bynum more in line with Shaq and Dwight than say Bill Russell or Tim Duncan? Seems harder to find centers in leadership roles these days. This kid is baffling.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:51 PM)
jq: For the time being, you'd have to say Shaq/Howard, and that's obviously not the direction most comforting for the front office or fans.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:54 PM)
Seth: Brown plays Kobe and Sessions together a fair amount, but to your general point, there's no question those two getting as many possessions together as reasonably possible is highly important. That's why, in part, Brown moved Sessions into the starting lineup. But their chemistry will be critical come playoff time.
Any truth to the reports of AC Green coming into the Lakers' organization as a consultant to Mitch Kupchak?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:57 PM)
Carl: I've never heard that one, but were it true, we know A.C. Green would never miss a day of work. #IronMan
bynum has to be suspened right?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:59 PM)
George: No, nor do I expect he will be. Maybe if the act continues, sure. But better to talk with him first, then see if he gets his head on straight. Suspending him off the bat risks losing him mentally from the jump.
I'm continually dumbfounded at how many 3's (particularly with nobody in rebounding position and/or early in the clock) Kobe jacks up. He's such a cerebral guy, but refuses to acknowledge, based on ample evidence, that he's simply not a good three-point-shooter.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:03 PM)
Heath: (Struggling for answer...)
Everyone was criticizing lakers early in season for not scoring enough. But, this month we're averaging over 100 pts. A game. No one seems to mention this. Why?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:05 PM)
Dusty: Actually, the uptick in scoring gets mentioned a lot. Unfortunately, it's also come with a simultaneous decline in defense, so the celebration is muted. The goal was to be good on both ends.
Is it just me or did Kobe actually shoot better with the mask? Can he start wearing it again?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:11 PM)
Zolty: Actually, Kobe shot very well with the clear mask BEFORE messing with the black mask. From there, his shot was pretty erratic in either mask. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Andy, Where do you think Kobe ranks among the all-time greatest lakers? Better than Jerry West?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:15 PM)
Andreas: It depends on what the criteria is. If you're talking purely on-court, I think Kobe is hands down the greatest. He'll own virtually every record when it's all said and done, and his career will be 18+ years, depending on whether he continues beyond his current contract. If you're looking at impact on and off the court, West may have him beat, given the work he did with the front office as well. And Magic may have them both beat, considering his incredible play and what he's meant to the city and a symbol of hope. Again, it all depends on how you define the criteria, and I think all three points of view are legitimate.
With a player like Sessions now in the fold wouldn't it make sense to try and play Ebanks and Goudlelock more and try and run and get easy baskets?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:17 PM)
Austin: In theory, that makes total sense. Particularly with Ebanks, who's more of a slasher and floor runner than Goudelock. But between their inexperience and where we are in the season, I doubt Brown wants to make that sort of change. His leash for either youngster has been revealed as definitively short.
Do you think D-Fish was the one keeping Bynum's attitude in check? It seems like Kobe doesn't care but Fish probably would've pulled Bynum aside.. Its a weird coincidence that Bynum starts to really act out after Fish gets traded..
Andy Kamenetzky (2:21 PM)
LISH: I don't know for certain there's an absolute correlation between Bynum's actions and Fisher's departure, but the timing is absolutely curious. The thought crossed my mind as well, even acknowledging it may be pure coincidence. For what it's worth, Bynum spoke a lot about the respect he had for Fisher, and to the best of my knowledge, gave a lot of credence to his words.
Zach (New York)
Do you think Jordan Hill and Andrew Goudelock should be getting consistent minutes in the rotation because lately McRoberts and Murphy haven't really had any impact, and besides Matt Barnes the bench is really struggling to score.
Any idea why Mike Brown isn't playing Jordan Hill? Guy is more athletic, younger, and more hungry than Murphy and McRoberts. Better PER too.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:24 PM)
Zach(NY)/Dustin (OC): Hill doesn't provide any more scoring than McRoberts or Murphy (who barely plays now anyway). And from what I've seen and talking with those who watched him on a regular basis, he's prone to a lot of defensive lapses. In other words, he doesn't seem like the right guy to suddenly insert into the rotation of a new team shortly before the playoffs.
Do you guys think Arvydas Sabonis has anything left in the tank? Why don't the lakers bring him in for a workout?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:25 PM)
Reginald: I have no idea if you're being serious or not, but either way, that question must see the light of day.
Lawrence (French Lick)
How much are dodger dogs at Chavez ravine? Do you think I get a discount
Andy Kamenetzky (2:25 PM)
For you Lawrence, I'm sure a deal can be worked out.
Austin Kaa (Venice)
Do you think Sessions opts out at the end of the season and leaves as a free agent?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:32 PM)
Austin: Opts out? Yes. Leaves? No. I imagine Sessions would like to stay in L.A. The Lakers are a marquee franchise, he has a starting job locked up, and Sessions has done nothing but move around his entire career. I'm sure Ramon would like to settle down. And in the meantime, the Lakers can't really let go of a young PG whom can be resigned with Bird rights. He's better than anybody else they could afford in the first place. Unless he gets absurd offers (and there aren't a lot of teams with the cap space to go crazy in the first place), my guess is Sessions would opt out to eventually sign a longer deal.
You guys ever thought about being the Mario Bros for Halloween?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:32 PM)
And on that note...Thanks to everyone for dropping by. Lots of coverage on the blog to come, and be sure to drop by Lakers Late Night tomorrow after the OKC game!