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Joey, thanks so much for hopping on here with me today.
Yeah, glad to talk some hoops with the traveler.
Glad that we finally got the regular season on the way and we can start talking about games where 80 and LeBron will be playing more than one a half.
It's, uh, it's pretty exciting time.
So let's talk a little bit of pre season just to kick things off.
Your Was there anything that really stood out to you? Anything that may be surprised you from what we saw in this this preseason player from the Lakers? Yeah, you know, I think the biggest surprise to me was the point guard rotation, because I kind of think we were all aligned and thinking that Raja and Brando would probably get the first crack at a starting point guard, especially Game one of the preseason.
And instead, Frank Vogel puts an Avery Bradley, which I know a lot of people are a fan of.
And, uh, you know, to me that that's that's a pretty sound move is having that defensive minded guy.
Avery is really not even a point guard.
He's more of a two guard who defends point guards, right? And, uh, we've seen LeBron thrive with those type of players in the past.
You think of Mario Chalmers is a Norris Cole Matthew DellaVedova Guys who are who are not necessarily gonna initiate your offense, but they will defend the other team's point guard.
And with all the hype about Avery Bradley coming out of camp, it made sense for him to get that shot as that defined, defensive minded bulldog.
And, uh, you know, let me put this back on you, Trevor, because I like it.
I like having Avery Bradley there.
He doesn't necessarily need shots especially when you have so much firepower in that starting five, whether it's LeBron 80 Danny Greene's gonna, you know, hit the corner threes.
Would you rather see a guy like every there? Or do you want to see an initiator like Rondo, who might beam or ah, more suited to lead that bench again? No.
You hit the nail on the head, Joey, this is This is my preferred.
Starting five is to put Avery Bradley in there because I think that the combo of Bradley with LeBron and a d.
It just and Danny Green in particular, those were two really good perimeter defenders.
I think it just works better.
And I like the idea of splitting Rondo and LeBron James.
If he's going to be out there running that bench unit being that guy, they can organize the offense.
If you have Rondo off the ball, I think that's not as effective.
And if he's got the ball in his hands and he's with the starters, that means LeBron James doesn't have the bond.
That's probably not something that you want to do, so I like the idea of Avery Bradley being out there.
I almost see him.
I know we're gonna talk Lakers, Clippers and just a little bit, but I almost see Avery Bradley as kind of like the Lakers own Patrick Beverley rule where he's gonna be that three and D.
Maybe not a true point guard, but a guard.
They could go out there.
It can defend the other team's point guard, knockin some timely threes and just bring that energy that you're gonna need there, so a little bit worried about foul trouble Early on, he was a little bit over aggressive on the defensive end, but I like a lot of what we saw out of Avery Bradley in preseason, especially the last game or two.
Yeah, you know, me, too.
And that foul trouble.
It's a great point.
I do think that the rest kind of call it tighter in the preseason to try to get guys toe loosen up.
So maybe maybe that's that also, you have a guy like Avery who is trying to, you know, establish himself as that in your Jersey defender, especially against a guy like Steph Curry, who you essentially have to foul the guard because he's that good, but yeah, I'm kind of thinking the same way you are.
Ron does a guy who averaged, I think, close to eight assists last last year.
So, you know, he can still organize an offense.
You know, he can He can go out there and you can drop dimes now.
Would it be better for him? Would it actually enhanced his ability to go do that and be Roger on Rondo? He's coming off the bench.
If he's leading eventually, that is actually pretty good.
If you if you look at it, the firepower that would be around Rondo in that scenario would have Cal coos.
No, you would have Quinn cook.
You would have a few guy, you would have a guy like Jerry W been stretched, stretch the floor.
So honestly, it might be to run.
It was benefit if he ends up coming off the bench.
But I'm curious what we do see in game one.
Well, I think defensively to this is gonna help, right? He comes off the bench.
That's gonna help him.
I just struggled to see Rondo right now.
Age 33 Defending guys like Damian Lillard like Russell Westbrook, all the other top point guards in the N B A.
That's a really tough task.
Where is Avery Bradley? That's that's his mindset is just to try to get stops on the defensive end.
So definitely my preference there.
But speaking of Brown, I've got a question for you here, Joey.
One of the things that I've noticed is Rondo.
He improved his three point shooting a ton last 7 36% from very.
We never would have thought five years ago say that Rhonda would ever shoot 36% from three.
And yet here we are.
But we're still seeing teams not respect him from behind the arc.
So you don't get the benefit of that gravity when you've got him out there and he doesn't have the ball in his hands.
Is there a point where opposing teams are finally going to say, OK, we have to get out there and cover Rondo? We can't just suck into the paint.
That's a very good question.
And I think that's a question that's gonna be key to the Lakers in the playoffs because that's when you see you know on a given Tuesday night, when you have another team coming up Wednesday night.
You can only scout them so much.
You can only put together so much of a game plan, right? But in the playoffs, you're playing the same team 4 to 7 times in a row.
So you are gonna tail your defense to individuals.
That's when you see something like a Rondo shooting.
That's when you see something like Rondo's shooting becoming even more important.
As for the regular season, Yeah, 36%.
But But when you look at those those attempts, it's 36% on those open, catch and shoot. It sounds.
You know Brian is not coming off of screens.
Rondo is not hitting threes off the bounce.
So if it were 30 36% on those types of looks those Steph Curry, Trey young types of looks, then maybe the defense's would have to change their ah approach.
But so far as we've seen up until I think you remember this game Milwaukee last year when they literally had him shoot something like nine or 10 3 pointers order.
It seems like defense is air willing to give that to him.
And but that being said, if Frank Vogel if what he says is true and that Ragnar really has improved his spot of shooting that much, then you will have to see defenses adjust to that.
Um, it's kind of on Rondo.
And at this point in his career, you kind of think, Hey, he probably is what he is.
But at the same time we've seen guy, we've seen Jason Kidd turn it around.
We've seen, um, Spencer Dinwiddie was a really bad shooter coming into the league.
And now, Now you can't not respect him from beyond the arc.
Um, so it kind of depends on what Brando shows.
I think that the default is gonna be for at least the first of the season.
Is there gonna be saying, Hey, we're okay with Rajon Rondo beating us from beyond the dark.
We'd rather have him do that, then be penetrating our defense and kicking out to open shooters who are better shooters than him.
Sure, Yeah, It takes a little while for that kind of reputation to catch up to whatever his new skill set is.
And you mentioned Jason Kidd, obviously, Jason Kidd on the Lakers coaching staff now, and Frank Vogel has mentioned before that he sees a Jason Kidd esque change in Rondo's game, where he can become that spot up shooter by the end of his career.
Jason Kidd. Pretty much on Lee shot threes, that was.
It was about the only shot that he took.
So it is a positive thing.
I think, that we eventually see Rhonda transitioning to more of a three point shooter.
But again, the question is, what 3.
2 teams finally say, Okay, we have to go cover him and we'll see what happens there.
Speaking of that bench unit, Kyle Kuzma.
So where we have right now, we're hearing that he's maybe getting a little bit closer to going through contact in practice.
Um, where do you think he's at at this moment? And are you optimistic at all that he'll be out there on the floor on Tuesday? You know, I think optimism is the word I you know, I don't have calculations, medical records, so I shouldn't tell you one way or another how close he is exactly.
But there really is that buzz of optimism, but also that that you know that concern that hey, it's an 82 game season and a stress reaction is one of those things where it might not be a big deal in the now.
But you play around with it, it could lead to something more serious.
So I think the Lakers are gonna play it cautiously with cues.
We'll see how it goes.
Ideally, you would want himto have at least one preseason game under his belt just to kind of get that conditioning back toe that level that you wanted to be.
I'm not entirely sure that we're going to see him out there, especially look at the Clippers.
They're not playing Paul George.
Obviously, his injury was a little more serious, but, ah, it's not like it's gonna be full strength against against not full strength of coups isn't out there.
I'm optimistic that he'll be back soon, but season over.
I mean, season opens in three days, right? Trevor? Yeah, and I mean, thank God it's that, Yes, but it was a long summer, right? But I would say that it's going to be very tough for crews to have that kind of turnaround, especially considering that the Lakers only gonna have what to practice is ahead of that.
I mean, with a foot injury like he had.
It's not like it's not like he injured a finger on his non shooting hand or something like that, and that was holding a mountain.
You know where he could still get him running in the cardio and all that kind of stuff.
But the foot injury that you've got that added element where he's gonna have to get his legs under him again, he's gonna have to build up, uh, that stamina.
So that's going to be something Thio keep an eye on.
Is he able to come back Tuesday? I don't know.
If they hold him out, then it's probably for the best because, like you said, it's an 82 game season, although I'm really excited because in my mind, the Lakers already with what they've got right now without Koosman, they could be a very, very good team, one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
But you add Kuzma in and based on, we've seen in the preseason there kind of missing that lanky perimeter player that can defend on the perimeter both inside as well and shoot a little bit from three.
I just feel a Cosmo is that piece that can bump them up to the next level.
What do you see him bringing once he gets back out there? Yeah, that's a good question, because I do think that who's gonna be a very big piece for this Lakers team? We've heard Jared Dudley say that he's actually the key to this team.
Um, and to a certain extent, I agree with Jared because just look att.
Just look at what Cosmo would bring to this team.
We talked about Rondo and how he's not a three point.
He's not necessarily a three point threat in the sense that teams don't respect that three pointer, even though Cruz shot a low three point percentage last year.
Teams due respect him from back there.
They have to go out and guard him, and especially from the power forward or the small forward position.
That's huge, because that space is the floor.
So you have a guy who can go out in transition and run the floor in the half court offense.
You can give you some spacing.
He can attack off the dribble a little bit.
Hey, get some boards taken.
Like you said, He's more different, versatile defender than I think people really do give him credit for and then coming off the bench.
We've seen Cooze do all this in the starting five.
For the most part, I really am curious to see what he can do off the bench.
It's one thing to try to do that against Paul Millsap.
It's another thing to do that against a guy who just came out of the D League, right? So I am very, very interested in how Koosman looks.
I think he could definitely put up some big numbers this year.
Um, it's interesting because he does kind of remind me of a Quinn cook in the sense that he's that guy.
Go out, come off the bench, get his own shot, be that kind of shot in the arm for your offense.
And, um, I I do want to see how those two can play with each other.
Does one defer to the other? How does Rondo get in? The mix of Toronto is indeed that that second unit point guard and who else is in there? It's probably a Dwight Howard Mary, maybe Jared, Deadly just that mixing the bench is gonna be very interesting.
Yeah, definitely is.
You know, we already saw some chemistry between Quinn Cook and Dwight Howard in the Pick and Roll A cock Who's McQueen could pick and roll could also be be pretty good, especially with Cook's ability to pull up off the dribble.
We saw that mid range jumper.
It's pretty efficient at that.
All of his advanced numbers show that he can.
He can play that role as well, a shooting outside.
So that could be a really good combination there for the Lakers to turn to that bench unit.
When you look at what they can bring and you look at, you know, bringing in LeBron James or Anthony Davis is, Do you think Frank Vogel is in a situation where he has to always have LeBron or 81 of them on the floor at all times? Or does he have a competent enough benched where you could put both of them on the sideline for maybe a few minutes and still get by? That's a really good question.
That could be a question that I think kind of defines the Lakers season because you look it.
The most famous example of it probably is Oklahoma City a few years back when Scott Brooks would essentially platoon or rather, he would take out both Katie and Rust of the same time.
And then you have billy dot of anyone who would kind of do it a little bit differently, right? And that's the age old question is, if you have two superstars, do you want him on the floor of the same time as much as possible to maximize those minutes and kind of survived the bench minutes? Or do you want to stagger them so that you always have world class player on the floor for all 48 minutes? Have that question this year? My opinion.
I like the staggering concept.
I think that if you could, for instance, if you could have LeBron James on the court for 48 minutes, you would keep him on the court for 40 minutes.
Same thing goes for Anthony Davis right now.
That might have been possible for each of them, but if you could have at least one of them on the court for 48 minutes than that, that's a me is is the way you want to go about it, because then that puts constant pressure on the defense.
There are there's never those garbage minutes where they don't have to worry about and all n b A caliber player coming down and cramming the ball on their hope, Um, and sort of more to an exercise in those point.
You could also build around these types of players more right.
Quinn Cook is a guy that that can light up the scoreboard.
He could drop 18 for.
You can drop 24 year same thing with Kyle Kuzma, but Anthony Davis is a guy that you expect to score 20 plus for you.
And he's a guy who has that skill set where he's so versatile that you can you can have on pop out for three pointers.
You can have them rolling down the lane for a dunk.
You haven't posted up on the block you can have in handling the ball at the top of the key, and you could just have these other pieces orbit around him.
So I kind of like that and obviously the bronze, the same type of player we've seen that for the past almost 20 years.
So I like having one of those guys on the floor at the same at least what has got us on the floor at all times? Because then you can kind of have those other pieces kind of play around them instead of having a cobble together.
Lineups that, hey, maybe this will work, and we'll buy some time until these guys get their rest and come back to the game. Sure.
You know, I I agree with you.
And I think part of that, too, is just with this roster that they've assembled.
You look at these guys.
I mean, fingers crossed it.
Alex Caruso is okay.
I mean, we saw him get a little bit of a bump in the game last night.
But you've got Alex Caruso.
You've got Avery Bradley Rondo.
Kyle Kuzma thes air.
All guys who are not just not just good players, but they're smart players with the way that they cut off the ball.
You know, Kuzma was feasting last season off LeBron James passes because he was smart enough to whenever a defender turned their head and was paying way too much attention.
LeBron Koosman and cut to the basket and get easy looks.
In fact, LeBron generated more assists, bypassing the Count Koosman last season than any other Laker, the second being JaVale McGee, which is two guys that they retained, obviously, for good reason.
So what I'm curious about is once you get if you have an Anthony Davis on the floor, you have a LeBron James on the floor.
You have one of them out there at all times, and you've got these guys who are great cutting off the ball.
That's just gonna open up your offense that much more because they do attract so much attention.
Because if you've got Anthony Davis on the floor of the entire defense is focused on him.
I think that makes everyone around him better, makes their job easier because they can just do what they do on offense, hit open shots and then make smart cuts 100%.
I think we've seen that in the preseason, especially in that that last Staples game where I think LeBron had like 11 assists.
You probably had a hand for a handful more than he could have had hockey assist type things, you know.
But it's a lot of tick tack toe type plays where it's LeBron to 82 Dwight for the for the Duck LeBron 80 to JaVale McGee.
Finish it off because 80 did have eight assists that night.
And that's just the nature of the game is that LeBron James is gonna attract more attention than just about any other player.
Maybe you could make an argument for someone like James Harden, but in my opinion, he attracts more attention than any other player in the league.
Anthony Davis, once he gets the ball, is going to attract attention.
And 80 is also at that point of his career where he's getting those passing chops and he can find that last pass where, whether it's kicking out today in a green or whether it's finding a Dwight or JaVale just hovering in that dunker spot and having that combination of guys who can attract attention and then find the right guy to finish the play, that's huge.
That's that's LeBron James building all that's That's how you build his Hall of Fame career.
And that's what Anthony Davis is learning to do it in the now which is It's been so much fun to watch.
You mentioned that that LeBron to 80 to JaVale for the dunk.
I mean, that's that's incredible stuff, in fact, that play in particular that LeBron James Anthony Davis, pick and roll if you go back and you freeze frame that one, play where javale got the don't Can you look, they had? I don't remember exactly who the shooters were spotting up.
It was dating green and there was someone else out there.
But you look at what the decision making process the Warriors had to have.
It was a pick your poison type moment.
There was no way they could cover everybody on the floor, and they had to decide.
Are we going to give on open three to a great shooter? Are we going to not pay attention to Anthony Davis, who's got the ball and trying to cover everybody else? Ultimately, it winds up with a JaVale McGee dunk, and I just looked looked at that got my goodness, This is gonna be a problem for other teams in the league.
D and LeBron are consistently clicking in that pick and roll over.
Sure, and you know, I think about this, the other day.
LeBron James has played with a lot of great players.
I don't know if he's ever played with a player as good as Anthony Davis is right now.
And all respect Dwayne Wade because he is the other guy in that conversation.
And Dwyane Wade was a killer back in those Miami Heat all days.
But, um, man, Anthony Davis is something special.
I think that he could be that guy.
He's definitely in the conversation of that.
A guy as LeBron's Braves teammate and then the flipside.
Anthony Davis has never played with anybody close to as good as LeBron James so and their games just fits so seamlessly together.
LeBron is the ball handler.
Davis is the screener in the pick and roll.
Davis, you know, getting to handle the ball bit, LeBron just waiting to attack Once the ball comes back to him having shooting around those two, it's just it's beautiful basketball.
It reminds me of the great teams that we've seen recently where the pieces just fit together.
You think about the 14 Spurs, the recent boar years, teams that were great because of talent, but also great because I fit.
I just love the way this team Fitz.
I know they struggled a little bit, hit threes early on in the preseason.
They obviously had that big game at Staples, where they hit 15 of 30.
But But I really think that the shooting is gonna be just make it that much better that that combination between eight and LeBron and then I I've been saying this for a minute now, so I wanted to get your opinion on this trip.
I think the bronze gonna lead the MBA and assists because we've heard for his entire career.
Hey, I'm a pass first kind of guy, and I just happen to be weather great scores ever because I'm LeBron James.
But really, I like to be a pastor.
I want to be that guy distributing the ball.
I think we're going to see that a lot this year, especially with how much talent, how much shooting and Anthony Davis's around LeBron.
I'd buy no question there.
I mean, looking that GM serving, they came out the other day.
LeBron was ranked by general managers as the best passer in the entire league.
He threw that ridiculous past today and a green.
One of the best passes I've ever seen.
I mean, I watched a lot of Magic Johnson.
I don't know if I should say it's the best, but it is up there.
He is an incredible passer, and so it would not shock me at all.
If you're if you're right on that, that he does end up leading the league in assists.
Let me ask you one more, Trevor.
Okay, what? First of all, just a quick point.
Because James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the same team, I think that also makes it more all that much more likely that LeBron leads league insists, because those are two guys who have been in that top three for the past five years.
What do you think is gonna It would take for LeBron toe leave the Ambien assist.
Like what? What's the average that he would have to hit? Uh, I'm gonna say 11.
I'm gonna go with 11 is desperate, which is pretty high.
But again, given the firepower that's around him, that's ah, I think that's doable.
I think it's something could happen to think his usage rate is still gonna be high.
If you see, say, 33 minutes per game from LeBron.
And he's constantly kicking out two guys like Quinn, Co guys like Avery Bradley can knock him down.
Danny Green, of course.
And then you're getting a few Ah, few assists, often just running the pick and roll with Anthony Davis each game.
I think it's doable, and I know that's a lot higher than his career average of.
Believe off top my head.
He was around eight or so last season, but with a shooting that surround him the way the Lakers were gonna play.
Okay, maybe I'll hedge my bet a little bit.
10 to 11 right? Right in there.
Yeah, that sounds about right to me.
I think he will be in that neighborhood.
Yeah, I would probably 10.
Okay, fair enough.
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Joey opening night Lakers Clippers on Tuesday beside the Lakers win.
Obviously, what are you hoping to see? That's a good question.
I'm hoping to see I'm open to see some answers for some really big questions.
And I think the biggest question is if the Lakers and Clippers, like most people, expect them to are gonna be those Final two teams in the West.
You have to have at least somewhat of an answer for quite Leonard, right? And that answer may not be on the rest of right now is this season is fluid.
Everybody knows that.
They're going to buy out candidates.
They're going to trade candidates.
Their roster that you go into the season with isn't necessarily what you end up with.
But I do think that you have to have somebody who's willing to take that challenge and we'll see who that's gonna be.
Because it could be LeBron James.
If he wants to expand his energy on the defensive end against one of the greatest players in the world, it could be Danny Green trying to play up that position against a guy who has played probably 1000 times in practice.
And then it could be somebody else.
It could be somebody, you know, Could Kyle, who's will come off the bench and at least give give him a few minutes of trying to stop a Y? How effective would he be at that? We know that Cooze is probably a little bit more effective against the wing players of the N B A than the bigs of the MBA.
Um, I'm really curious as to who's going to step up and take that challenge or on the flip side, who Frank vote will tests with that challenge and what happens because, let's face it quiets an amazing player.
You probably will get his numbers.
It's how hard is he gonna have to work for loves numbers? Yeah, I think it's gonna have to be a by committee thing.
Maybe it's LeBron down the stretch in crunch time, right that you put him on there.
But I don't know if you want LeBron burning all of his energy chasing Kawhi Leonard around all game, But there are some some issues there.
I mean, looked any green good defender, but quite so strong, so physical.
How does he manage that? Kuzma? Is he quick enough to stay in front of him if Cosmo is even out there on opening night? Or that's an eventual thing, if we look ahead to the playoffs or something like that, but I don't know, you made a good point there about that person might not be on the roster right now, and I know I know right now, I'm sure if I click over into our chat, I'm sure people are commenting.
They're throwing out the name Andre Iguodala.
There's a lot of people that are hoping that he eventually makes his way over onto the Lakers.
But But you're right.
Stopping Kwai Leonard is going to be a major challenge for the Lakers to deal with, and we'll see how they how they do, how they handle it on Tuesday night.
I'm really curious because Frank Vogel is a good defensive coach to see what he schemes.
What he comes up with a deal with him? Yeah, and you know what? I think that the Lakers were in protections to be very key in that equation.
Not necessarily in the sense that you're gonna have Anthony Davis or JaVale McGee defending Kwai Leonard straight up, but that they're back there parked at the rim, that they're providing that last line of defense.
I think that's gonna be key because the thing that makes Kawai Hall of Fame great is his strength.
It's it's, you know, he's got a good night's handle and he's credited new Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy with actually helping them get to that handle.
But he's got a good handle.
He's got a good three point stroke.
He's a pretty solid passer, but what makes them special is being ableto have guys just bounce off him when he drives to the hoop and having that extra layer of defense in a guy like you veil McGee in a guy like Anthony Davis in a guy like Dwight Howard and maybe a combination of two of them at the same time, I think that's gonna be potentially an X factor in a matchup with the Clippers.
We'll see how much that comes into the equation, because the point of attack is probably more important than that rim protection, especially in this scenario against Kawai.
But I do think that's gonna be a potential big factor for the Lakers on opening night.
Is, can those rim protectors Force Kwai to give up the ball? If he does beat his initial man? Well, when he does give up the ball, the Clippers do have some shooters out there. Of course.
I mean, we know Lou Williams very, very well.
That's a guy who can get hot in an instant.
So that's gonna be something to the Lakers.
We saw them struggle a little bit against the Brooklyn Nets to close out on three point shooters.
They were just bombing away from deep What can this Lakers team do against the Clippers in order to make sure that they're not giving up open looks, even when they do wind up focusing so much on Quite Leonard.
Yeah, that's a good question.
I think that at some point it's like what we were talking about with LeBron 80 pick and roll.
At some point, you do have to pick your poison.
You kind of do would rather sell out to stop Kalai from getting to the rim, then worry about somebody spotting up for a three.
But at the same time, I think the three point events is gonna be a work in progress.
It's one of those things that defensively, it's one of the harder things for teams to kind of figure out is how to recover back.
Once you do collapse the defense to stop the initial attack, how do you recover back? Who's got which man? Where is everybody on the floor at the same time? That's one of those things that, especially for a new team like the Lakers, is gonna take a good chunk of the season to get where you want it to be.
Um, so that is gonna be one of the challenges for Frank this season.
But in terms of opening night, I think it is.
I think it's picking your poison.
I think it's knowing that Kwai Leonard is the reigning finals MVP.
He's one of the greatest players in the world.
He is absolutely gifted when it comes to scoring the ball.
So it's it's taking care of that first and then trying to pick your poison.
It's it's trying to get to get the ball, to go to somebody who's not gonna be as much of a threat at that point.
If it's kicking out the Lou Williams you want to close out, if it's kicking out to a guy like I mean, even though you're Michael Green, the Clippers do have shooting as you mentioned, even their biggest construed to an extent.
But it's trying t o get that ball to somebody who's less of a threat.
If it does go out to Louis Williams for the love of God, tried to stop him from going left.
Please don't Vellum, which is a fairly impossible.
Yeah, guys got Jedi mind tricks.
Yeah, he is. He is amazing.
Just he finds ways to force people into following him.
It's speaking, would look, let's put this around.
If you're the Clippers, what do you What do you expect to see the Clippers do to try to deal with the Lakers? So what should our fans be watching to see the Clippers trying out there, at least on the defensive end, trying to stop LeBron and a D and the water? Some of the counters to that that you think the Lakers can run? Yeah, you know what? I think that the biggest question for them is how to stop Anthony.
It's and that's that's no secret, right? I actually think most teams the biggest question still is how to stop LeBron before the Clippers, who don't necessarily have one of those guys who has had success against 80 in the past.
I think like a broody go bear, maybe like a Jo Ellan B type, those big, strong guys that won't be moved by 80 on the block, at least, and, you know, had a contestant on the pick and roll.
When he's flying down the lane, they don't have one of those guys. They have zoo bots.
They have mantra as Harold.
They have a few smaller guys.
It's So how do you hold? How do they stop 80? I think it's gonna be kind of the same answer as what we were just talking about with quiet on the Lakers side is that they're gonna have to throw a lot of options and see what works.
They're gonna try to have a zoo out there, but can't 80 comm probably break Zoo down off the dribble? He can probably beat him in the pick and roll.
Maybe he won't be able to move him on on the block if you won't be able to post up against him, but he can do other things against him.
Mantra as Harold, he's bigger than mantra.
As Harold, he's more explicit than Montrose herel, who was a great, great, great offensive player.
I don't think he has the defensive chops toe stop in 80 so we'll see what the lake what The Clippers can d'oh kind of contain a B, but I think that's gonna be one of the big things for them is Hey, they don't have that front court stopper to go against a Navy, and it's the same question Can they make him work for it? I would probably lean toward at this point, maybe not.
Especially when you have LeBron James feeding on the ball.
So, essentially these last few games against the Golden State Warriors, especially obviously not last night's game, but the game before.
On Wednesday night, we saw the Lakers just dominate inside.
I mean, even missed shots on the offense meant that Dwight Howard was there for for tip ins.
Javale McGee was there.
They just They beat up the Warriors on the inside and still managed to cover enough on the perimeter to affect their three point shooting.
So from the Lakers side, that's got to still be.
The game plan right? Is to is to expose the Clippers weakness on the inside, inside the paint and really take advantage of that matchup.
Yeah, you know, I looking back to these Golden State games with one caveat that I do have is that their front court? Just Well, it was not an M b a collar from boy, right? They had they had marquees, Chris, starting five, which is something that you will not see from the Warriors and regular season.
So honestly, I mean, maybe you could have gone for 60 if he really wanted to its preseason game.
Obviously, he's not gonna do that.
He's gonna, you know, not play a little game.
He's gonna give other guys shots.
He's not gonna try them.
There's guys out there too hard in the preseason, but so I do take that with a grain of salt, the Warriors, front court and, to an extent, their entire roster because they were arresting guys like Draymond and staff in D'Angelo here and there.
But, um so? So I hesitate to say that the Lakers are going to be that not at that level.
It's the same idea, right to your point.
I think that is true.
I think they are gonna build this from the inside out.
And to that point, Frank Vogel has said that we value free throws and shots of the rim highest, and then it's the corner three and then it's the Wing three and then it's the top are three, and then it's mid range, which makes sense because the math checks out on all of that.
That's how you want to build an MBA offense.
at this point in 2019 and then the Lakers have the guys to do.
That is the difference now is that they have two of the best paint scorers in the N B A.
I think LeBron and 80 were were in the top three along with the honest last year in terms of most points in the paint average per game.
So you have those two guys who can get to the rim and finish in a in a variety of ways, whether it is, you know, bullying a guy down low or just flying down that lane for a dunk off of feed.
And then you have the three point shooters to get that corner three to get that wing three to get that top of the art three.
That Frank does value.
Yeah, for sure it's gonna be It's gonna be a battle like the Clippers.
You do what they can to take the Lakers out of that, But if they could play inside out, I think they could really open up their offense.
And so I'm excited to see what, if any, Davis could do against the Clippers.
Hopefully has a big night.
Hopefully doesn't crash to the floor too many times.
I was on the floor way more than I am comfortable with.
Makes me nervous when I see that.
But but JaVale could have a big night in there.
Obviously, our old friend Evite Zoo bots.
He's going to be fired up to play.
We know Lou Williams always gets up to play the Lakers.
And, of course, Patrick Beverley.
Hey, it's he gets, you know he's on another level when he goes against the Lakers, so it's gonna be a fun contest.
Let's wrap up with this. Joey.
Final predictions for Tuesday night's big matchup against against the Clippers.
How do you see it playing out? And then who walks away with the W final predictions? I would say that it's gonna be a great battle between superstars.
I think LeBron 80 and CO I Leonard all end up with at least 25 points.
I would I would say at least two of them end up with 30 if not 35.
It's gonna be It's great for basketball.
It's great for the city of Los Angeles toe have essentially the entire sport, revolve around our city It's really awesome.
It just as a basketball junkie.
I love to see it.
I love to have everybody, every basketball media member coming to l A wanting to see these two teams having that star power here.
Um, I think will be really fun game.
I think that both teams are gonna have are going to struggle to contain the other team superstars.
Which means I do predict it's gonna be a high scoring game.
Um, I do think the Lakers come out on top, especially without Paul George and line up for the Clippers on opening night.
We'll see how Koos looks.
Um, I'm curious about your thoughts, and then I'll have one more question for you.
Trevor, who ends up on the floor more this season is gonna be 80 year Alex Caruso ends up on the floor.
I'm gonna man, we've seen one of those guys hit the floor.
Um, I'm gonna go 80 just because of the minutes, and and I feel gross saying that I feel like like Anthony is just gonna play somebody more minutes and it's gonna kill me this season because every time he hits the floor, I'm gonna be holding holding my breath, but yeah, I'm gonna go with him.
But although I think if we included practice and we throw how many times is a guy hit the floor and seizing thing, I'm going to go over to, uh, Captain America, Alex Caruso, for sure.
Fuller hits for 36 minutes.
We could get advanced. Yes.
N ba dot com, please.
If we can rule that out if we can rule out how many times a guy hits the floor, I think that's gonna be a very useful metric for teams.
Don't toe. Look at here.
I agree with you.
I think it's gonna be high scoring.
I do think the Lakers defense will be able to lock down the Clippers for certain stretches, but overall, I think the Clippers will be able to get open looks.
You know, when you've got guys like Lou Williams that could generate looks for themselves by Leonard obviously can do the same thing.
I think that they're going to be there.
It's going to be a high intensity game.
I think there's gonna be a sloppiness to it, especially the beginning, because we're so early in the season.
I think ultimately the Lakers will walk away the wind because I'm gonna be team optimism here.
They say the Lakers were gonna win the opening night matchup with the Clippers and continue to win the battle for Los Angeles, which, well, isn't really much of a battle.
A is the Lakers town, but still, I think the Lakers do walk away with a win here.
Hey, thanks so much for coming on your Thanks much for your time.
Really? Appreciate you.
You spending this time with us? Yeah.
It always great talking to you, Trevor.
You've got a good basketball mind.
So it makes for a very good conversations.
Well, thank you. Certainly.
Certainly appreciate that.
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