Well, welcome to the Laker Central podcast Broadcasting live here on sportscaster the live stream bringing it to you guys.
So, um, I just want to jump into a few things.
One check out the podcast tomorrow to be up on, um, the ninth at 6:30 a.m.
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We're going to get into all the talk around the Lakers nets and dive a little deeper into what's going on with China.
But I kind of want to talk about that today while you guys are listening.
So as everybody knows at this point, the Lakers and Nets are scheduled to play in China.
But you go back a few days.
Daryl Morey made some comments or tweeted Elson comments in support of, um, the protest ng that's going on in Hong Kong.
That, in turn, has turned into an international incident.
If you will, uh, you've got everyone from Yao Ming on the Chinese side.
Chinese sponsors, businesses pulling out of the MBA.
You have China canceling MBA activities there in China.
It's really a big mess.
Um, Silver has had to come out and kind of talk about you know, how he stands by freedom of speech and Daryl Morey.
But, um, you know, kind of how those comments need to be measured and you need to make sure you know exactly what's going on.
And so it's gonna be really interesting to see how this all plays out on one of the reasons this is a big deal.
Um, least for the Lakers from the Lakers perspective is that the Lakers right now are in China.
They're supposed to play the Nets.
Um, the Nets are owned by Joseph Sigh, I think, is how you pronounce the last name.
But he has a Chinese national.
And so he has issued a statement.
Ah, and tried to give some context in some history as to what's going on there in China.
And, um, you know, do as best he can to describe why some folks gonna be very sensitive, um, about Daryl Morey or anybody here in the United States commenting on what's going on in China.
So we're hearing more, more reports that ah, the game.
The Lakers game versus Nets may very well be canceled.
Um, I hope that is not true.
I am very much looking forward to that game I covered.
The Lakers obviously want to see them play, particularly after they just crushed Golden State.
I'm interested to see ah, how they do in the second preseason game.
Once there's a little bit of a preseason scouting report out there on them.
Um, we're just in terms of this whole China incident.
The Lakers are very, very popular in China.
And, um, Lakers players have been, you know, this goes back at least from the Lakers side to Kobe Bryant.
Kobe used to do those tours in China, and he's he's got.
He's got one of the largest followings out there, and you know Nike would send him over there.
And Nike now sends really all their athletes from LeBron to Kevin Durant, Kyrie, Irving, I mean, and then Adidas.
They do the same thing with James Harden.
And so even James Harden has had to come out and kind of speak about what Daryl Morey said.
You know, when it's it's really a big mess.
I really don't know how this ends up.
Um, the way China is kind of carrying it.
If they don't need need to MBA being there despite how popular, then be a game.
China is basically saying, Screw it, we'll shut everything down and you guys don't need to be here.
So I'm really interested to see how this ultimately plays out.
Um, I really do hope that this Lakers game Lakers Knicks game does not get cancelled.
And if it does, ah, that's China's perspective.
They have every right to do so they can do whatever they want their country.
Um, but I think the MBA is an interesting position because typically, the NBA is very, very supportive of freedom of speech and frankly, as it should be.
Ah, that is a fundamental right here in the United States.
And, um, if if if the NBA or Adam Silver decides to try to silence Daryl Morey or player ah, Or if they looked a fire, um, and an executive for coming out and saying something, um there will probably be backlash, you know, from here in United States.
But it would be a really bad look.
Um, if they were pushed into doing something.
Um, you know, because another country, uh, wants them to do so.
So it's it's gonna be really, really interesting to see how all this plays out again.
I'm really hoping this game gets played.
I'm really hoping that, um, that cooler heads prevail, you know? But this is this is new.
We've never seen anything like this.
We've never seen, um, a sports executive here in the United States comment on anything in in another country in that country, you know, be so offended that they're canceling, you know, games and events and all these things and basically willing to push a entire league out of their country.
So I don't know how this will play out, but I'm really hoping I'm really hoping that, um they figure this whole thing out now I want to move on for a second kind of away from the China MBA issue and really talk about Rob Pelinka.
And so in recent months, we haven't talked a whole lot about Rob and I haven't talked a lot about him with my podcasts.
And for the most part, people have kind of, um, moved on, you know, from criticizing Rob But today there was a lot of talk on my my timeline, Um, about how basically Rob should have, um, negotiated better and getting Anthony Davis.
And I kind of want to address that a little bit.
So for me, one of the things I'm looking at is that when you take a second and you go back to the Anthony Davis trade, um, if you go all the way back to February when Anthony Davis originally requested to be traded and rich Paul basically told everybody he will only play for the Lakers, you know, Sure.
That gave the Lakers the town of leverage.
Um, but kind of like what we saw with with the Spurs and Kwai when Kawai originally asked to be traded from the Spurs and it was reported that the Lakers were the team he wanted to go to.
Um, the Spurs were not willing at that point to trade quite limited to the Lakers.
And then Toronto came out of nowhere and got Kwai and they want a championship and now requires a clipper.
Right? And the same thing happened with Paul George a few years earlier, where he was in Indiana.
Everyone thought he wanted to be a Laker, and all of a sudden Okay, See, comes out of nowhere and they get Paul George.
And now you fast forward.
And Paul George is a Clipper.
Um, and so there's this idea still in some of Lakers Nation that Rob Pelinka gave up too much or Rob Pelinka, um, should have negotiated better.
And to that, I say, whenever there is a 26 year old superstar available in his prime or just any Davis is just entering his prime.
When you have that option on the table, you don't mess around, you go for it, period.
And if everybody if you remember when Magic was still in charge of Lakers and they were arguing about where he was not arguing.
But when there was a lot of back and forth between him and Dell, Demps and the Pelicans brass about, would they trade Anthony Davis? The Lakers? Would they not, you know, everything the Lakers seemed to offer back in February got leaked to the media.
It was a big mess.
Players were upset.
They didn't play well once all that happened and you know once, you know.
Ah, once David Griffin came in.
It gave us an opportunity because of his relationship of Rich Palma clutch.
It gave us an opportunity for that door to reopen.
And from all accounts, Griff was willing to negotiate with the Lakers.
And, um, once Rob was back on the phone with him.
You know, if it took everything that it that it did to get Anthony Davis, then that's what you give up.
You don't mess around, and I think that we're at a point where, you know, we watched that first preseason game.
18 minutes, 22 points, 10 rebounds.
Andy Davis looked like a damn monster.
He looked like him and LeBron to be playing together.
You know, for more than just a week and you see that game and you see how well they played together.
I don't see how anybody could have come away from that and said, Yeah, rappelling gave up too much for for Anthony Davis.
Like I love, though, so I think that we have a fabulous career.
I'm a fan of Brandon Ingram on.
I really like Josh Hart.
Um, but regardless of what they become, they, their timeline for greatness in their prime did not align with LeBron or, frankly, the Lakers timeline.
Everybody wants to say that they got traded because of LeBron.
Yes, LeBron certainly speeds up your timeline in terms of competing for a championship.
But the Lakers had already been years after you don't have gone years without making the playoffs that have been about six years.
The Lakers never go that long without making the playoffs.
It just does not happen.
And so the Lakers themselves had their own timeline that I think developing players just didn't coincide with.
And if you go back to all the all of the Lakers championship runs, there's.
There's one common thread in that.
And that threat always.
Is the Lakers genuine? It will, usually still some All Star or some all world player from another franchise.
They will draft a quality player and those two players ultimately going toe in multiple championships.
If you go back to Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, you know the Lakers, Obviously, Jack drafted Jerry West.
They went and end up trading for Wilt Chamberlain.
And there you go championships, right? You go to cream.
Imagine the drafted magic they traded for Karim, Shaq and Kobe, now shack was a free agent and he signed with loss and with Los Angeles Lakers.
But they traded for Kobe's draft rights.
And then, you know, you get to Kobe, Kobe and Pau and they end up trading for power.
And so every time they do that, they basically is still a franchise player from somebody else, and they go on to win multiple championships, and I think that's what's gonna happen right now.
We signed LeBron James.
We went in trade for Anthony Davis.
No, we've got to get to a point where you know, we're not just blaming or calling out Lakers executives or the Lakers, just for the sake of doing way, have to move past that.
That was highly critical of Jeannie, um, when the whole magic thing failed.
She deserved all that criticism from myself and from anybody else that devotes a lot of time and energy into this franchise.
Umm, you know, Chief and deserves some criticism for opting to keep Rob without at least talking to Bob Myers or Messiah you jewelry or anybody else that was out there.
That clearly was more qualified, but she stuck with Rob.
I think Rob did as good a job as he could had waiting for Kawai.
I think you You, In hindsight, you still wait for Kawai and if you know, collide.
He chose the Clippers, then so be it.
I think Rob put together the best team that he could given the circumstances, um, of having to wait for Kawai.
But I think Lakers Lakers fans who want are upset at Robert for giving up too much.
You need to get over it.
We have a new team.
You could be happy for his own all those guys and hope that they get better and do their thing.
But there's no point continuing to blame, Rob.
And then also, I think that we kind of have to get past every time.
You know, Zo B I or Josh.
They do well or they make a great play.
We kind of have to have to get past, you know, trying to throw that in the face of the rest of Lakers nation and talking about We'll see you should have kept them and they're gonna be great named blah, blah, blah.
I do think that those guys would be great.
I think they'll be really good players.
But we have Anthony Davis and we have LeBron and I don't see the point in dwelling on guys that we don't want any more or we don't have any more.
Just it really makes no sense.
So, you know, that's kind of my quick spiel on that again.
You know, I'm all over Twitter and I'm reading all the different comments.
And by and large, I think Lakers Twitter is one of them, or of knowledge will fan base is out there.
There are a lot of great guys providing a lot of content.
There are a lot of great fans who themselves provide a lot of great stuff for Lakers for other Lakers fans out there.
So you know, when I see the conversation going back and fourth jump into him, I share my opinion when I find when I feel that it's appropriate, Um, but today it was just an interesting conversation to see that people were still upset about Rob trading.
You know, the core way the way that he did and and all those extra draft picks.
So is far as I'm concerned.
The man did what he had to do.
We have Anthony Davis that we're the only team in the league with two top five players.
I'm not gonna I'm not gonna beat a dead horse.
We're done with that.
So that's my quick spill.
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