Welcome to the lake around, podcast.
I'm your host, Reggie.
And I'd like to thank you guys for tuning in today.
How are you all today on this? Marvelous Sunday, Um, looking pretty beautiful out here in Dallas.
Um, you know, looks of deceiving, though.
It's kind of cold, but it is a very, very nice day.
And I hope you guys are all joining.
Joining Hope you're all enjoying your Sunday evening.
I know I haven't been on live in a few days, but we're gonna wrap it back up.
We definitely gonna wrap it back up as the season is starting to come back around.
Training camp started today for our Los Angeles Lakers.
So that's very, very exciting.
And the Lakers looking for the run back there looking for the run back.
And I'm looking forward for them to get that run back.
They got a new and improved roster.
Um, they brought some of the old guys back there, just upgraded their roster, man, and I'm excited.
I'm so excited to see what they do next and to see if we can hang up that 18th banner.
Man, I know a lot of people are trying to talk about this being a ****ey Mouse championship in saying all kind of nonsense like that.
There's a lot of stuff going on in the NBA right now.
Uh, Westbrook to Washington.
And you got John Wall in Houston.
Um, you know, Johannes still hasn't did anything with his contract yet.
You know, K d is coming back.
Clay Thompson is hurt for warriors.
Um, Chris Paul is now with the Phoenix Suns, you know, and the list goes on and on and on.
There's so many headlines for this season, and I'm excited to get underway.
Hopefully, hopefully everything can be, you know, healthy.
Hopefully all the teams are healthy.
I know that there's a few teams right now that's going through some cove.
It positive covert tests such as the Trail Blazers, which also have, um, they have Robert Covington over there now.
So the teams getting better man teams getting better and and it's gonna be harder.
But our Lakers, they've gotten better to have definitely gotten better to, um, I was looking forward to it.
My favorite finding so far.
I think, man, I wasn't really on board with that West.
The Wesley Matthews at first cause I haven't watched a lot of Wesley Matthews, but then I had to go back and look, I always knew he was a good three and d do.
So I was happy about that after reminding myself of what this guy can do.
But I'm excited, man.
Are you guys excited for the season? Is I am.
I mean, short season, 72 games, you know, shorted man.
The Lakers only played what they had two months off, and they write back to training camp for them started today.
Um, we brought back Quinn Cook.
That was that was very, very surprising to me.
I mean, what do you guys think? Where you guys surprised by that? Also, because I was I thought that they would probably go for a big or maybe another wing, but they opted to bring back Quinn Cook, which is a world class move for the Lakers.
You know this guy Quinn cook? A lot of people were complaining about him, but he's a Laker man.
He bleeds purple and gold like he loves the Lakers, and we love him on the team.
That's what we like to see as fans.
We want to see ah, player that wants to be there.
Player that that Where That purple and gold with pride such as LeBron LeBron signed up Actually, two years.
I mean, come on, these players.
Hold on, hold on.
Not even the bronze sign over two years.
80 with the five years a d with the five year max.
Yeah, I know you all know this already, but we're gonna We're gonna do a little summary.
We're gonna do a little summary.
What's going on right now? Um, yeah.
Ain't even the fire next, man.
They locking these players up because they ready for that run back.
They want to run back.
They really, really want it.
So, yeah, training camp start today? I haven't seen much come out, um, about training camp.
Now, I guess they're not really doing too much talking.
I know. Wes Johnson.
Y'all, for some strange reason, I keep saying Wesley Johnson, this that's so ****ing disrespectful.
My back Wesley Matthews.
Yo, I gotta stop saying that.
That's very, very respect.
Wesley Matthews had some quotes.
They had some quotes from the new Lakers.
Such as mantras and Wesley Johnson Wesley Matthew.
I'm gonna stop saying his name.
I'm done saying his name.
Um, they had quotes for the new Lakers eso.
Anyways, let's talk about this roster.
Let's talk about this roster.
Um, who would you guys start for me? My starters? I wouldn't bring I know Schroeder came out and said a few days ago that he wants to start, You know, blah.
I addressed this on my last podcast.
If you haven't, um, to go ahead and tune into Lechero podcast on your preferred platform, which is everywhere, and go ahead and listen to the episode.
I kind of went in depth on his statements about him wanting to start.
Um, I said I wouldn't start him.
I would obviously keep LeBron James at the point guard.
He would come off the bench along with Trez, and I would start Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol.
So I was pretty much, you know, plug and play.
So I would plug Wesley Matthews in where, uh, Avery Bradley Waas.
And then I would plug Marc Gasol and obviously where javale McGee waas.
So with that being said, I wouldn't like I said I would keep him coming off the bench, but you consider him.
You can consider him to start because he's earned it right.
He's already he's been, what, 19 point player? 18 point player.
But, you know, he started in Atlanta, but you just can't really Who would want to just say Okay, LeBron James? No, Don't continue to do it already.
We already work.
We're gonna bring this new guy in.
We're gonna try something new.
It's not broke, right? Don't fix something that's not broken, not broke.
So let's just plug and play.
Um, haven't we struggle in the bench? And that's what we need him for.
We need him for bench scoring because that's what we kind of struggle that we had a few games last year where we were just thoroughly getting outplayed.
Our bench scored 10 points, and that's not acceptable.
So, you know, bringing him off the bench along with trends.
That's definitely gonna uplift our bench, and it's gonna be it's gonna be a good say.
So, with that being said, that would be my starting five.
My starting five be LeBron at the one.
I would have Wesley Matthews at the two at the three, I would have, uh maybe kcp Yeah, I have K c p 83.
I have a d at the four and I will have Marc Gasol at the five.
That would be my starting lineup.
Let me know what you all think.
Who would y'all start? Who dropped Bring off the bench.
Withdrawal left shoulder start or would you continue to bring him off the bench bench? Trez, would you start trez? Um, the reason why I wouldn't start treasures because he's undersized.
I think a lot of teams will pick on us in that.
In that aspect, the Lakers strength has always really been, You know, this the the interior, right? We've been very good a interior, Um, losing the white and losing Javal.
We lose some athleticism there.
Um, and probably ah, little defense.
But, you know, I think Gasol Although he's older, he's not as athletic, but he can still protect the paint, so we will be good there.
I really, really did think that the Lakers going to sign another another big, but they didn't They opt inside QC.
So maybe I guess we do need another ball handler to I guess we need that to, um I don't know.
I thought that they may go for a wing also, But like I said, they kind of I trust Rob Blink.
Let me just straight up.
I trust Rob Pelinka.
So if signing QC is what he thought was best for the team, then I'm with it.
I'm not gonna argue about it.
You know, I wouldn't be mad.
I said some fans were upset about him signing QC that, like why, you know, he he's useless and all this stuff like that and saying What does I'm happy to have does back y'all I'm so happy to have does back is his his better presence in that locker room instilling confidence in and being able to, you know, point the players.
Hey, this is where you need to you know, helping out the coaching staff, helping the team commode, camaraderie and all that is value.
You know, it's really value.
And this is a guy that that helps the team, and it may not be on the court like per se personally on the court, but that locker room presence doesn't lie for you, for your leadership on a team that's trying toe win another championship.
They say that the second one is harder than the first, and I believe because the Lakers now have the target on their back, y'all, they have a target on their back.
So it's not gonna be running through the season, You know, this time.
Like I said at the beginning of this Livestream, um, sometimes got better, man.
Something's got better.
A lot of players, some players came to the West, and, you know, it's crazy that all of the players that we lost went to the East.
They all went to the east.
Not one player that we lost isn't on the Western Conference team.
You know, you got Dwight and and Danny in Philly, And then who else you got? You got Javelin Cleveland.
Um, who am I missing? Somebody? All that's three players.
I'm Mrs Oh, you got every Bradley in Miami.
So all our players that you know we let go is now no longer with our team.
Is now on the east? Um e mean it didn't matter honestly, Didn't matter.
Crazy part of bodies that when when they were on our team, there was trash, the narrative, the narrative.
You're the narrative.
When they were on our team, that was trash.
Now all of a sudden, they these superstar role players Oh, and I forgot about Rondo also being on the east of Atlanta.
But yeah, yeah, they were.
Now they're superstar role players.
But like I said, they played that role for the Lakers.
And now they can go and do what they gotta do with the other teams, respectively.
Wished them well, just not against the Lakers, but yeah, but anyways, back to what I'm saying, the starting lineup here, let me know what you all think, cause I don't think I feel like chemistry is something that you don't wanna lose, right? So you ship out those 44 or five players and you get in another four or five players, and then you kinda gotta bring them up to speed and what you guys are doing right? And it's like, Now here's a Here's a challenge for the Lakers.
So now you have this season that shortened.
So you got 10 games less and then you have the preseason and then you have a short training camp and it's like I said these four or five players all have to get integrated in what the team's doing being caught up to speed.
Um, the Lakers have thio, you know, working at chemistry.
And they didn't have that extended, you know, summer.
Like the other teams got right.
It's free agency was like that.
Everything the draft, everything was so so fast.
Everything happened so fast.
Every team has to hurry up and get everybody up to speed in order, you know? Thio, start off.
Right? Um I believe in our Lakers.
I think they'll be fine.
Those five players will fit in like a glove, I hope.
I believe, um this positive thinking eso that's gonna be very, very interesting to see.
But like I said, with this compacted schedule you got, you know, so many back to back to back, you know you got once you go toe one area like I believe, if you or East Coast team like, let's say if you Philadelphia and you come to play the Lakers, you're gonna also put the Clippers.
You are gonna also put the king's you also play the warriors to alleviate some of that travel time, which makes sense they should have probably always been doing that.
That's not what they've been doing to me.
They should have always been doing because it really doesn't make sense for a team to go.
Okay, so we're we are the New York Knicks.
So you go from one side of the country to the other side of the **** country to play the Lakers, right? And then you got to go back home to go play Boston.
So you gotta go right back to the other side.
You know, the country didn't gotta go right back to the west Side to play, you know, Sacramento.
Like it don't make sense.
So I think that this is something that they should continue to do.
Even post Corona.
Um, make sure, you know, if you're coming on one side, you coming on one side is that back and forth on that extra travel? Just honestly don't make sense to me.
But I don't know if people get tired of seeing the same teams get played over and over, like Okay, so we're gonna play.
I'm wondering if I'm thinking of this wrong or not, um eso like, would you play like Brooklyn, Brooklyn and then, like next next Brooklyn, Brooklyn, like, how are they going to do that? But they should keep it to to the point where you stay on one side and you play that West Coast swing.
You play the East Coast swing, you play the Midwest, and that's how you, you know, go on.
Because Corona, we still got some some ways to go.
I know they got a vaccine out and and they're trying toe get things going with that.
But you can't really take no risk.
These players there's so many players were like 450 players in the N B A.
That, Yeah, that's a lot of cross contamination.
That's a lot of plus.
Don't forget the the office, the front office and the ball boys and the coaching staff.
Another staff that comes along with it.
So it makes sense.
It definitely does make sense on that. No.
So let's talk about the 1st 10 games off this season the MBA is coming out with I think they're coming out with the games.
Oh, well, then I dropped my iPad.
Um, the MBA is coming out with the games, and I think phases.
So it'll be like, three phases.
They're not going to show you all 70 72 right away.
It's gonna come in phases.
I think they showed the first phase, which I'm not gonna go through all of those all those games at all.
We ain't gonna do that.
We're gonna do the 1st 10.
I'm gonna give you my 1st 10 predictions.
We play four preseason games, two against, I think, two against the Clippers and two against Phoenix.
If I'm not mistaken.
So we play our priest in the game, and then we go ahead and go into the season.
So let me pull up the 1st 10.
Let me put the 1st 10 games, and we'll talk about that.
So obviously the first game Okay, the Clippers Lakers versus Clippers on the 22nd of on the 22nd of December, man, they they they are milking this makers clippers thing.
And like I said before early in the Livestream, this is something else that I I touched on had a whole little rant on my podcast, my last podcast.
So if you haven't go ahead and tune into that on your preferred podcast provider.
Um, my last podcast.
I went in on that because it's like again, this is not a rivalry.
This is not a rivalry like everybody.
If there's any Clippers fans that's looking at this live stream you're not arrival, bro.
Like they didn't prove themselves like at all.
They didn't prove themselves.
They didn't even get to the Western Conference finals.
They didn't get out the second round.
They're not arrivals.
There's nothing toe.
There is no battle of Lay.
There is no battle Bella at all like there is no battle.
So with that being said, it's crazy because they really, you know, milk in this and whatever, Whatever.
You get their money, you know, we're gonna watch anyway because a lot of leg friends we don't We don't mess with the Clippers.
Clippers don't mess with us.
So with that being said, we're gonna tune in, we're gonna tune in.
And if they still happened to win the first game or if they still happened to win the preseason games, who cares? Who cares? We really we don't care about that.
Go ahead and hang out in your in there and thereafter. Fine.
You want a preseason game you wanted, and you want the first game of the season.
Who cares? Eso the first game of the Lakers Clippers? I predicted Lakers win there.
I don't know about how much I am gonna go assed faras to predict in, like, 10.15 point.
Now, we ain't going through that.
Um, so then we have, after that our Christmas Day game.
Very, very interesting.
I really thought the Lakers would do, uh I thought they would do like the the Lakers against Heat because that's the finest previous.
Like I thought they were gonna do that.
I think that one of the make marquee games I don't remember which one.
Which one window.
So we got the Mavericks against the Lakers Luca against LeBron that that was a good game.
You're like Luke is not there yet, right? Right.
Luke is not there.
But he is a good player.
You know, he's he's good, he's nobody.
He's the fact that he's still so young and plays as well as he does.
That's crazy to me.
You know, it's crazy, and I guess because he played at such a young age professionally.
So this comes easy to him.
Um, he's only going to get better and better and better.
Azan MBA fans, that basketball fan.
I'm excited to see what he grows into be, Um, but obviously I don't want him to win.
It gives us any other team Have added Luca.
Have at it, man. Wreak havoc.
Man s o, the Lakers Mavericks.
Ooh, that's a team right there at Mavericks team.
What do I think about that? They play us tough.
It's really tough.
I mean, they play everybody tough, they play everybody tough.
And I can I could see it being a Laker Laker win.
Um, it might be by a small margin.
It might be by a small margin, because we got to think of it like this way to we don't know what Brown is gonna really even, you know, play these first few games.
Since it's such a short short season, and since it's a short off season, we don't know if he's gonna even play because he might be trying to wrap his body up to get up to play emotion.
Um, so if the match.
The Mavs went honestly, wouldn't really be surprised, because this is the second game of the season.
I don't see, you know, forcing the Lakers going crazy.
I think they're still gonna be trying to figure each other out, trying to learn each other, trying to see their style of play.
Um, but I'm still gonna swing and give it Lakers win.
I'm still gonna give it the Lakers win.
Just pure off talent, man off talent in general like they're starting.
If I was gonna be crazy, I know that Chris steps should be back.
I'm not sure I don't follow the mass like that, but, I mean, I think I would think he's back by now.
So is everything gonna be interesting game for sure? Moving on to the next game is the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Uh, nice young upcoming team.
Just had the first pick.
They got the little Russell.
You know, Karl Anthony towns is there.
That's gonna be a solid team, but they're just young, they're young, and this is gonna be This has been their problem for the last few years that they were just so young, you know? Um e don't think they're gonna beat us.
So I'm gonna give that a Lakers win.
I don't think that's gonna be so so far.
Guys, we got three wins, so we got Clippers W Mavericks, W and Timberwolves.
W Alright, so moving on to the next one, the next one we got the trouble is is now, **** dollar.
He gonna he gonna remember what we did to him in the bubble, man.
He gonna try toe, Gonna try to get a little revenge.
But, I mean, you have to do it to you, bro, who's on a mission? I was doing it for Kobe.
Um, I could see us losing this game.
I could definitely see us losing this game because the place is pretty much bringing their same team bag.
They know who they are.
You know, they said they don't have that much.
They don't have that much change.
Um, and I'm not sitting here saying that the change the Lakers roster, it's gonna hurt us so much that we're gonna lose so many teams.
I mean, so many games, but I think that in the beginning is gonna be a slower process.
I don't think we're gonna start off so fast because of the simple fact again that we played so deep into the season.
All the stoppage, All this stuff like that really had two months off.
These other teams had nine months, six months, and 78 You know, we only have, like, two months off.
So that's why I said in the beginning of season, I don't foresee the Lakers going crazy because they need to preserve their energy and stuff like that, but s so I can see the Trail Blazers giving us our first lost.
Alright, so that's that.
That makes us three and one.
So far, y'all be three and one so far.
And then the next one is the Lakers against Spurs.
That's the one that's just so went right there is.
I mean, LaMarcus Aldridge.
We put him against put him against, uh, put him against Marc Gasol.
Marc Gasol could hold that down.
You got you got your boy.
Why am I forgetting their name? Martin Rosen.
Oh, you know, he could be contained.
Um, they dispersed.
The one thing that really didn't do anything.
This thing this offseason, now that I'm thinking about it, what did dispersed.
Dude, I don't think they did much this offseason.
Not only some thing I could think of for remember, E don't know, but I think that's a win for us.
That's definitely went for us.
So we played them on back to back.
So we playing one the 30th, and we played him on first.
That's a sweet right there.
We're gonna go ahead and sweep them right there, easily.
Sweep them all, get out of here.
And then now the next two games, another back to back.
And that'll be the Grizzlies.
The Lakers versus Grizzlies.
John Moran is, you know, phenomenal, phenomenal player.
Hey, got another year under his belt, your experience or whatever.
Um, I love his game is crazy because last season I thought, you know, the Christmas was just gonna walk him down.
Welcome about the about the arena, but they got us.
They got this man, they didn't get it and they couldn't get us again.
They could get us again, I think Jerry Jackson joining us to be back on You still got John Moran, and you still got I'm trying to think of that.
That one guy name? He got traded a few years ago, and it was It was confusing him.
But he and Bucky getting I can't remember his name.
If somebody if you all know who I may be thinking off.
I can't remember his name here.
I think he had he had pulled up on us easily.
He really did let me see if I could find him, cause I'm not gonna be able to move on without remember his name.
But I remember that. I gotta go.
I gotta I gotta know his name.
So he got Oh, they got John Valanciunas to which would be a going Dillon Brooks is his name.
Um, Dillon Brooks over there. He was a bucket.
Get it? He gave us, you know, he gave us that work and Kyle Anderson, and then, you know, So they got a nice young team, but I could see a splitting with them.
I could see a splitting with them because maybe Brown won't even play on these back to back.
So you probably play one and rest the other so I could see them, you know, game one off on them so I could see it being where we at now? Four.
And to see before.
Or I think we have 4 to 5, 12, 6 and two.
We have six and two now. My bad.
We'll be at six. And two.
Um, so moving along with split that with Grizzlies.
We got the Spurs again.
****, I'm playing for so much way.
Got the Spurs again for the third **** time.
Um, maybe they could get us that Well, maybe they could get us.
Maybe they could get us just based off the fact that will be coming off to back to backs.
Right? So let's get out to the Spurs.
You know what? I'm gonna get that to the Spurs.
Eso that'll make us six and three and then the Bulls is the last one of the 10, and we'll get that win too young.
They don't have nobody on their team that has that can stop a d.
They don't have nobody on the team that could stop Bron.
Um, it's gonna be a lot of work on Zach Lavine.
You know, Dennis and and my trends Coming off of the bench will be a lot of work.
Thio Thio handle.
So, yeah, I don't e think we're gonna go ahead and do a 73 for the 1st 10 games? Yeah, that's what I'm looking at.
I think we will be 73 heading out of the gate.
Let me know what you all think.
This is my prediction of 73.
Um, can we do better? Absolutely.
Could we do worse? We shouldn't.
We really should. It's not that hard of this.
It's a soft kind of soft is really, really soft.
I mean, the only routine threat will be the Clippers, the math, the math and the troublemakers.
But the grizzly, the spurs, the bulls, Timberwolves we should go ahead and head a little easily, and I mean easily.
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