Welcome to the Lakers Nation postgame show.
Two games in a row.
We get to talk about a Lakers victory.
And how weird is this? Dwight Howard, now a fan favorite in law, saying, We're gonna talk about that.
We're gonna talk about Anthony Davis.
Is big night everything else going on in the world? Los Angeles Lakers Kyle Kuzma is pending return.
How they were able to manage to get a win over the Charlotte Hornets who were super, super pesky, which is appropriate, Andi.
They wouldn't go away.
So we're gonna talk about that game of how the Lakers eventually were able to rid themselves of the Hornets.
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Thanks much for hopping on.
And, uh, I understand you won your bet tonight on this game.
Looks like I did.
I took the Lakers minus 13 point, so I was sweating it out, swearing at the TV a little bit going into the fourth quarter.
So thank them for making that run and I felt a lot better and I want to jump in on the bad funds to say the Lakers really put the sting on the corner there early in the fourth quarter.
It was the fourth Lakers fans from the response on Twitter.
Lakers fans were sweating it out through most of the game.
There was, like some frustration that the Lakers weren't putting this team away, saying, Hey, this should be an easy win.
That was the sentiment I was getting before the game, too, was that this should be an easy victory for the Lakers.
And then it wasn't because the Hornets are on N B A team.
They're not just gonna just gonna roll over, assumes the game starts or anything.
They're gonna put up a fight.
Ultimately, the Lakers got it.
Got the job done.
Just what do you think was the catalyst would allow the Lakers to pull ahead.
They're in the fourth quarter.
I actually started shortening sharpening up their defense.
They were given up a lot of open looks and term, and Charlotte didn't shoot the ball particularly well from beyond the three point line.
There were 10 to 35 but you look at the free throw percentage.
Anytime you shoot 91% of your shooting more than 23 throws, you're probably gonna be able to at least hang around in the game.
And so I think we saw that with the Hornets, the Lakers a little bit slow on their rotations and getting around.
And then they were getting caught up, kind of jumping and leaving their feet on the defensive end before the Hornets are getting a pump fake or whichever player was.
So I do think that that kind of kept a minute.
And then once, you know, Crusoe came into the game and Dwight Howard started to make a little bit more plays in the fourth quarter.
And we talked about the importance of getting contributions from guys off the bench that aren't necessarily the same, especially when you're not as deep, maybe as a team like the Clippers on.
I thought that was the difference in the fourth.
What about you? Yeah, you know what? I thought the defense really did it.
You know, early in the game, I just didn't feel like there was that sharpness and my three keys for the game going in.
I did this video before the game.
Put it out there this morning for people who watch and the three keys that I had going into the game.
One of them was that you can't play down to your competition.
You have to get out there and you have to put them away.
Teams will not just go away.
You have to be sharp particular on the defensive end.
This Hornets team you mentioned they didn't shoot well from three.
I was predicting a regression because up until tonight, they were the top shooting team in terms of three point percentage in the entire league, obviously tiny sample size.
But I was saying there's probably gonna be a bit of regression, but the Lakers still have to get out there and close out on shooters and make those shots at least difficult because they do have that confidence built in.
So it was good to see that eventually come around.
But early in the game, we just didn't see that sharpness from them, almost as though the Lakers felt like it was gonna be an easy win.
Yeah, you know what? I felt like the Lakers were really going pretty, pretty much from the tip off offensively.
Uh, you know, they were kind of getting any any look, they wanted to, They were spreading the ball.
Well, obviously, 80 had that huge fourth quarter with 16 points, but it almost felt a matter of, if not are like when it's gonna happen.
Not if you know what I mean.
I got to the point where you're seeing the Lakers were We're probably going to be able to pull away from from from these guys and and again, this is what a good team doesn't.
We talked a little bit about this on the last show when we're texting about it like it would be nice if we could sit LeBron and 80 for the last 12 minutes of the game.
Didn't get that happen like that.
But, I mean, they won going away.
Any time you get a 19 point win and you outscore your opposition by 18 points in the second half, I mean, you probably did something right.
So I mean, they clearly dominated and pulled away and show their superiority to a really not very good Charlotte Hornets.
I mean, look, this this Hornets team is not expected to make the playoffs.
They're expected to be one of the lower level teams in the Eastern Conference.
And still they put up a good fight because look, here's the thing.
Teams get up to play the Lakers, especially a Lakers team with Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
Most likely this will be, well, maybe the other time the Hornets play the Lakers, But this will most likely be either the highest rated game or somewhere in the realm of being the highest rated game for the Charlotte Hornets of the season, Right? I mean this.
There's gonna be more eyeballs on this game that just about any other, so you know they're gonna be up for it.
You know, they're guys.
We're gonna be chomping at the bit to go improve themselves.
They've got a lot of young players that are not going to be taking any plays off.
They're not going to taking things easy.
We're only three games into the season.
We're not in that point where, like it's January and you catch a team on an off night where they're tired or anything like that.
So I was expecting an energized performance out of the Hornets, and that's what we saw.
And then, ultimately, Lakers skill run just won out over the course of 1/4 quarter game.
The first few quarters didn't look so great.
But then things kind of turned around.
What do you What do you think about Caruso not getting any any run again till the third quarter? Is that something that Frankel was looking at? Making a permanent permanent thing? And also I I am reading this as well.
Anthony Davis actually went to the locker room with an apparent injury to the shoulder, according to a source close a team that's from Lauren Jones Media.
So that's what we're gonna have to keep an eye on, I think going forward here.
So we did see him walk to the locker room there.
It was a shoulder thing.
Cash. You know, you hate hearing that.
It looked like he kind of tweaked his shoulder a little bit on the one dunk that he missed.
Um, I don't know if that was where the injury was or anything like that.
Hopefully, this is nothing.
Hopefully, it's just something minor and and all will be good.
But you know any time there's any sort of injury associated with Anthony Davis.
We got to kind of hold our breath a little bit.
So let's hope that this is an incredibly minor thing and nothing that's gonna become big.
Let's let's keep an eye on Twitter here, Jess, as we're going through and discussing this thing, it's gonna be important.
Thio kind of break that down as we go.
You know what, Caruso? It like you, said Caruso, only coming into the third quarter.
But here's thing he's playing so well, especially on the defensive end.
I think he's eventually gonna play his way into bigger minutes.
I think there's There has to be a point where Vogel looks at him and says, This guy's playing too well for me to not put him on the floor right.
So to see him not play in the first half, I think ultimately that's gonna change.
But for right now, Vogel stuck with what worked in the last game.
He'll make adjustments on the fly as as it goes.
But if Cruz, who keeps playing defensively at this level, you're gonna have to put him in there, yeah, and it's gonna be interesting to see what what he decides to do when Rondo comes back, you know, how are you going to space out the minutes here? I wouldn't mess with the starting lineup.
I think that's look pretty good as is.
And I think that was kind of the consensus when when we first, you know, the season ended up getting started or before the year and we had kind of the roster set.
That's what we looked at.
But, um, you know, I wouldn't mess too much with that, so it's gonna be interesting again.
It's it's three games in, so there's still going to try and figure things out.
I think the rotations will be a little bit more set once you get to about Game 20.
But it just had an interesting way to do it that you're not playing this guy at at all the 1st 24 minutes and they put him on a stationary bike in the corner and say, We'll keep yourself or you're gonna have to come out and start the third quarter so I just found that kind of interesting that he's doing it, but like you said so far, it's worked, so you can complain.
Alex Caruso doesn't need a stationary bike.
He's he's always wore.
He is ready to go.
Captain America doesn't need any.
You need any warm up.
Let's let's see you again.
Those who followed us in the chat room to that.
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So I want to jump into some of the questions here, coming from from our chat room.
Got a lot of comments about Dwight Howard.
A lot of people saying he was a beast.
Uh, hopefully I'm seeing people saying, hopefully it's just a shoulder strain for Dwight Howard, and he's all good, but But again, I'm sorry for Anthony Davis, but again, Dwight Howard, the L.
A crowd was behind him.
I I would have predicted this a few weeks before the season started that the L A crowd will be cheering for Dwight Howard.
But here, where our three games in and he's become a fan favorite.
But he became a fan forever because he's kicking ass on the court, Really.
I mean, if you look at what he's doing, what he's bringing to the team, look at his look at his stat line today.
He was 83 didn't miss a shot, 16 points, 10 boards, only played 23 minutes.
And we talked a little bit about this when we saw him play in the preseason, like just in the physical shape he's in and how lenient good he looked at me.
The guy looks like you sculpted out of, ah Stone or something that somebody put him together with you when you have that kind of body.
But you're watching him play and and I kind of felt that before the season I'm like there's gonna be a few games where Dwight's gonna put up major numbers and now they are starting to go like OK, I don't think it's gonna happen a few games I think it might happen 15 or 20 games, and the way he's looking at the way he's playing, I think that's gonna give Frank Vogel some some food for thought, especially going into later in the season on looking at maybe getting him some war minutes if he keeps playing like this.
But what do you think the key has been for him that he's actually playing at this level? You know, I think like you mentioned, he's in great shape, but he had to get his basketball wind, and I feel like that's coming.
It's like every game he has gotten stronger.
He's looked better and better and better.
And so that first game that we saw him, he was knocking off a lot of lot of the rust.
The first few games, JaVale McGee was clearly the better center.
It wasn't close, JaVale was the better center and now these last couple of games, I think it's been Dwight Dwight and maybe that's not even a stretch of this point.
Dwight has been the better center and we saw that Frank Vogel left him in there. Fact.
Dwight Howard, just to run through some of the stats for a few players here. Dwight Howard.
Perfect from the field.
Eight of 8 16 points, 10 boards, Four blocks.
Great source of energy out there.
Who's doing all sorts of wonderful things all over the floor.
Getting deflections, getting touches on the ball, grabbing boards, protecting the rim.
This was the Dwight Howard that we've been hoping to see out there.
Meanwhile, Anthony Davis, 29 points, 14 boards, three assists, one steal, three blocks.
Monstrous performance for him.
Especially important. Three of five from three.
We hadn't seen the three point shot really falling lately, so that was a great sign for him.
20 points, 12 assists, six boards.
One of three from 37 of 14 shooting.
So those key pieces stepped up and we've been saying it.
There's always Davis.
They're gonna bring at night in and night out because their stars, that's what you do.
But you always need 1/3 guy.
And tonight that 3rd 1/3 guy was Dwight Howard and all credit to him.
I didn't think we were going to see this from him.
I thought, even given the shape that he's in.
Ah, 33 3 year old Dwight Howard wasn't gonna be capable of the things that we saw it there tonight.
See, I was I was the opposite of you.
I felt that watching him play in the preseason, unlike you know what? He looks really, really good.
And again, you don't want to get caught up because it's preseason.
So nobody nobody really wants to get that.
You know, that hyped up about it.
But when I just saw his energy and his movement and he didn't look a stiff as he did, you know, carrying the extra weight around and moving around, especially laterally.
So just sieving scything had that quicksand, having the hops and being able to get up and down the way that he has been on it looks like he's having fun.
And I think that's the biggest thing.
And hopefully had that change in his mental aspect, where he was like, You know what? I'm not gonna overthink this stuff.
Yes, I'm not the same guy I was 10 years ago, and that happens with big men.
They age a lot differently than the guards do.
But for me, I'm like I was expecting him to have a few 20 and 10 games.
And like I said, I think we can see this happen.
I don't think it's gonna happen all 82 games.
I think it had happened 15 to 20. Absolutely.
With the shape he's in and where he is, that it looks like mentally, I wouldn't expect Dwight Howard to kind of take a step down from this.
Not it. Not at this rate, anyway.
Okay, So let me ask you this, then do you start Dwight Howard? You do bump JaVale McGee out and put Dwight Howard into the starting lineup right now? Not right now.
No, I would stick with, I would stick with it.
And again, this is where we talked about hoping that who's comes back sooner than later.
I think Dwight gives you the potential to score 15 20 points off the bench in a game like this and kind of shift the energy around.
Whereas I think with Javale, you're basically relying on him getting some easy, you know, easy put back dunk lobs over the top, and he's better suited to be playing with LeBron from the start rather than trying to create his own offense or try and create more with the second unit.
Yeah, I actually I agree with that. 100%. Jess.
Howard has already developed chemistry with Quinn Cook with Alex Caruso.
I think you leave that as is, and you let him continue to run with that second unit.
And then if he's the hot hand you bring him, you keep him in there and not allow him to run with LeBron James and 80.
Otherwise, you just keep starting JaVale.
And then again, whichever one is really playing well, you keep them in there.
I think that's kind of a luxury that Vogel's got right now.
You know LeBron James.
You know Anthony Davis is going to be in there.
This farce who's closing out games right now.
It's gonna be a few guys definitely out there like Danny Green will be out there, most likely Avery Bradley.
But then he can also just turn to whoever is the hot hand.
And tonight, that happened to be Dwight Howard, and you've got enough flexibility in that lineup toe.
If it's a guard, fine.
If it's a big that's okay.
You've got all these different options and pretty soon we're gonna be talking about Kyle Kuzma as well.
Speaking of which, we've got a number of people that have been asking about him.
In fact, Alex Santos from Facebook's Edwin is Cosmo Rondo and Boogie will play Update, please.
What about Adela? So let's start with Kuzma.
Ah, he's been doing four on four drills in practice.
Next step would be five on five, which means the return should be right around the corner very, very soon.
I don't know if next game or maybe the game after, but not far.
If he's playing four on four full contact, five on five will be the next step.
And then we'll be seeing Koosman.
You know what? Look, I tweeted this out earlier tonight.
There's a number of times each game where I look at the rotation and I look at the lineup.
I think cash, they're missing.
It's just the situation is screaming for a a long, lanky score who can also defend a bit on the perimeter.
I think that as good as Kyle Kuzma is, I think that his his addition to the team is gonna be mean, even more than what his talent level provides, because he just fits such a perfect role if it's exactly what the Lakers need right now.
Yeah, I think you hit the nail on the head with that Trevor.
I think they need to, uh, bring him in because he's gonna make the second unit like prop up that much more.
And I think that's that's the big thing is, And you were talking a little bit about JaVale and Dwight Howard.
Well, if you look at it, I mean right now, you could start the veil.
If you's a lot, if he's healthy all 82 games and in the playoffs, they will score it.
Now we want to go with Dwight, depending on the matchup.
So I think that bringing in a guy like Koosman like you mentioned, it's gonna He's a very good player and he brings a certain skills, get skill, set the Lakers missing off the bench.
But if you look at what he can, what he can bring in terms of elevating the play about around everyone around him, I think that's that's where he's gonna have a bigger impact than just scoring 15 16 points a game is a six man, so from the people that are that are out there covering the game right now in the locker room, Frank Vogel said.
He was a star in his rule tonight, talking about Dwight Howard.
Be a star in your role.
I've heard Jared Dudley say it a 1,000,000 times, no great great phrase to use.
And he also said, Alex Caruso is creating good problems for him, which means he's got to try to find minutes form.
So good sign there for Alex Caruso.
The other guy that was asked about there was was Rondo.
When's he coming back? We know it's a calf strain.
Those could be a little bit tricky.
Here's my thing.
Like if Caruso is playing this well in Vogel's now saying, I kinda without saying it when these words.
But he's basically admitting that he's got to find more minutes to him.
I think that gives Rondo more time to really heal up.
There's no rush on Rondo because you've got plenty of guards. Kyle Kuzma.
There's like this this, uh, this hunger for him to be out there. You're starving.
For a player like Kyle Kuzma, they need his skill set.
Rondo, you've got guys who can kind of do what he does.
So I feel like there should be a little bit more of a of caution with them.
Get him 100% then bring him in.
Yeah, and I don't I don't really know.
A Rondo fits in right now with room by that I really like what I'm seeing from the Lakers back or of, you know, every Bradley, Danny Green, more of the three, man.
But, I mean, you know, similar auditioning in terms of now in the NBA's position was basketball.
He's a wing and a guy You could play off the top, But you know Alex Caruso.
Quinn Cook's look pretty good.
And I got to say this because I crapped on in the last two games.
KCP didn't think again.
It was against the Charlotte Hornets.
Want to rag on him? But you're right away and wait.
We lost jazz for a second there, guys.
So he's talking a little bit.
Hopefully a little catch back up here options right now and having that, it is a great thing for a coach, especially starting off in here.
We lost you for a minute.
There Jess, but But I got the gist of what you were saying.
So kcp Obviously, look, it's been torches and pitchforks.
Lakers fans have been this angry mob regarding Casey because he's been so terrible.
In fact, I saw this earlier today.
Somebody was tweeting about this.
That there are some Chinese websites that we're calling KCP the binary Mamba because he had zero points in the first game and one gate point in the second came.
Fortunately, he broke out of that.
Let me pull up his his actual stats for the four of eight 0.
3 point land, 10 points in a plus 21 finally, was his last 21.
Yeah, it was good to see him.
Yeah, if he could do that and then fine.
There's no problems if he can hit, you know, two of four from three.
If he could just be a floor spacer, defend at a high level, do those things just fine.
You know, we we said, Look, the start wasn't great and there were people that were right behind him ready to take over his minutes.
Guys like Troy Daniels.
Guys like Quinn Cook.
But if KCP can play at this level that I think there's no issue with him getting saved the 15 or 20 minutes tonight.
So again, no problem there as long as he can play like this.
If you place like he did the first night, then I don't see him playing a whole lot.
But again, we know he's a veteran.
He's got a long history of playing at least average N b a basketball.
And so I think that's that's enoughto say, Look what we saw the 1st 2 games with just small sample size.
I think we'll see better from KCP here on out.
Yeah, you're where? What? We're hoping that's a gate Open more games like it is the first to I think a lot of Lakers fans gonna have the pitchfork seven.
I already had it in a couple of games in, so I'll put it away for tonight.
We'll let him go, but we'll see what Tuesday breaks.
So let's see, we've got, uh, Mandy Mull.
Taani from Facebook said, What about Caruso, Cook, Kuzma, Daniels and Dwight as your second unit? What do you think about that grouping together? Obviously, Rondo probably wouldn't be pleased sitting on the bench assuming he's not starting there.
But Caruso, Cook, Kuzma Daniels and whites were really looking at at three guards, plus Cosmo and White.
The only thing I'd maybe be concerned, but there is a little bit of the size in the backcourt.
I think you'd look who's MMA playing before and Dwight at the five.
But again, I think it's gonna be a The interesting part with how the MBA is kind of shifted is back in the nineties and early two thousands.
It was all about eight guys, you know, 89 guys you're gonna roll with.
And this is your set rotation where, and I know I got cut off there with Thea technical issue, but I was saying, This is a good problem for Frank Vogel behalf.
You have all these options where you don't have to have a second unit set.
You can have your you know, your 1st 2 guys off the bench, which you assume at this point is gonna be probably coups And maybe Dwight Howard.
Just a slot javale McGee of Early on in the game.
You could look at a guy like Alex Caruso or Quinn Cook, but he has those options.
So I agree with you.
I think it's gonna be dependent a on how the guys were playing and be what the matchup is.
And if you if you feel like you have a better matchup, you could afford to go small with Caruso a little bit more than good, then, Yeah, you could do it if you want to go a little bit bigger.
Well, you can look at a guy like you. Quick, quick. Give another same.
I think quick cooks a little bit more bulkier.
You know what I mean? And heavier in that sense.
So it's a good problem for Frank Vogel tohave, and I just don't think we're gonna see the Lakers have a set second unit.
I think you're gonna have a set six and seven men.
And that 89 10 is gonna be revolving door.
It's gonna depend on what the matchup is.
It's gonna depend on who's been playing well in the moment.
That's definitely luxury for Frank Vogel.
You know, one of the things that I've been hyper focused on has been the defense knowing that Frank Vogel is a defense first head coach knowing that the offense is gonna take a while to gel, and you look into this.
I mean, look, the Lakers took a team that was shooting incredibly well and held them to 39% from the field and just 29% from three again.
This is the team that was the number one team in terms of three point percentage.
Again small sample size.
But what do you think about the defensive potential of this squad? Because I look a certain combinations, like when you've got Caruso in there, along with Avery Bradley and Danny Green and a guy like like a D and LeBron you could really clamp down on teams.
I think this has the potential to be a very, very special defensive team, especially once they all start clicking.
Yeah, you know, remember the opener against the Clippers on Newsday? People were concerned and you were seeing that like, Okay, this defensive, this team defensively is not very good.
And people thought that, and I think what you saw last game is kind of the effort and the extra, you know, the I hate using that were like they put it.
I think everybody's trying in the N B A.
But I just think, you know, putting in that extra little bit of Hey, I'm gonna get out and contested jumper.
We saw that from Danny Green and you have guys like Danny Green.
Anthony Davis has been amazing on the defense event.
He's altering shots.
Dwight Howard has been very good at that as well.
So I think if all the guys buy into it and you got good wing defenders like then agreed in Avery Bradley, I think you have enough.
That's often enough.
That's usually enough to at least keep you in games.
And that's where guys like LeBron and Anthony Davis can take over down the stretch.
It's so important.
Look, we saw the Lakers last season.
Their defense was great to start.
There were one of the best defense teams that league, and then that faltered as the season went on, and then they really had struggles.
If they can keep this thing going on the defensive end and I think they have more depth defensively, even they have in the past, then that's going to carry them.
When you get those off nights in January in February where you're on the road and it's it's tough and it's a grind and your shots not falling.
Your defence concern times carry you through and keep you in games that you wouldn't otherwise.
So I'm thrilled that this has been this defense has been looking as good as it has.
No, it hasn't been consistent.
They haven't been a lock down defense all the time.
There is a very high ceiling for this team defensively, and I think that ultimately when they hit the playoffs, that's what's going to carry them.
Yeah, I agree with you and I think, you know, like we're talking about a bit at the beginning of the show is yeah, there were a little bit slow on their rotations today.
There were a little bit slow in terms of in terms of coming over on the help side defense, and that's why the Hornets will get into the line quite a bit so again and that comes with all right like you mentioned.
Like we've got to get her legs under us.
Maybe a little bit slow, tired tonight in L.
Who knows? Some of the players players got up to last, but, uh, run have that capability.
I think it's gonna be really, really important again.
Guys, we are still keeping an eye on Anthony Davis to see if there was any kind of injury there.
We saw him go into the locker room.
Right now, we haven't heard anything major.
At this point, I would think that if there was something serious going on, someone would have probably mentioned it from the Lakers locker room.
So I'm not going to be concerned about it until we hear something concrete.
But right now, we haven't seen anything, anything, anyone credible or anything like that saying that he's actually hurt or that there's anything going on at my take.
The way he was walking to the locker room at the end of the game was just He just looked like he was going back there to get started on his his postgame routine a little bit early.
You know, players get get ice, they get stretched out all those sorts of things, so I think that's possible.
But again, until we hear something definite, we're just kind of in a holding pattern, waiting to see if there's anything serious there.
Let's just for now, assume that there's nothing serious at this point, and hopefully that is the case.
Um, let's get into a few of these other questions here.
Michelle Johnson from Facebook said the Lakers took the Hornets lightly tonight.
That's why it was closed for so long.
So the Lakers actually have a stretch of games here where they're playing against some easier opponents.
Some teams that just aren't aren't as good.
So what do you think? What is it about playing against a weaker team that could be dangerous? Can the Lakers get over that mental hurdle? Because it sometimes it's not easy, as you would think, to go in there and beat the bad teams.
And like I mentioned, I mean, you don't know some of these guys that could have been no late Friday and then went out Saturday.
Nothing that they did or anything like that.
I'm just saying, you know, they have other stuff going on, but it's early in the season.
You don't really know the no offense, but you don't really see a lot of their Maybe that Miranda's that plays and their defensive scheme, so it's still early in the season.
I don't think this will be a problem for the Lakers because they have LeBron and 80 on their team.
Two guys were great at what they do, so I think you'll see less of the letdowns this year than he did last season.
But you know, again, it was.
It was a close game for 3/4 and the Lakers did what they were supposed to do and they ended up winning the game by, you know, **** your night 20 point space again 19 point win.
But again, it takes a while to kind of develop that.
And for that to ah, that mentality to sink.
And so hopefully in some ways, the sea Ah, wake up call.
So Anthony Davis is actually posting to Social Media about the Packers score.
So Okay, I don't know if that's any kind of a sign, but he's posting about football and the score of a football game that I would assume that his, uh, his shoulder probably can't be hurting.
Too bad, right? No, he's probably in decent shape, and I'm sure if he's more worried about the fact the Packers beat Pat Mahomes last Kansas City Chiefs tonight, then I'm pretty sure shoulder is gonna be okay.
I would hope so.
Anyway, through these few, These are the questions, Winston.
Doreen said LeBron was asleep most of the night.
I had a lot of people.
A lot of people mentioned that LeBron looked like he wasn't putting in the full effort.
What's wrong with him? He didn't score until the very end of the second quarter.
I just took it as LeBron was in facilitator mode.
He was getting other guys go.
We've seen Kobe do that for years, right? He would spend the beginning of games getting other guys going, and then he would start to shoot his own shots.
It just felt like LeBron was doing that.
I didn't feel like there was anything wrong with him in particular or anything like that.
He just he was finding open guys.
He had, like, seven assists by the middle middle of second quarter.
So I wasn't concerned at all.
I thought it was just fine.
Uh, were you worried at all that LeBron wasn't really shooting much? Uh, no.
I was little bit more worried about his defensive effort in the 1st 1st quarter there when he was a play.
The 1st 89 minutes.
But, uh, I didn't simply but, uh, that's the problem.
Is LeBron James.
You could have 20 points, 12 12 assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes and play a pretty attrition game, and you're still gonna get dragged on a bit.
I don't I don't have a problem with what he was doing offensively.
I think when a guy like Anthony Davis scored 16 points in the first quarter and then LeBron scored 20 over the last three.
You know what? I don't think you can fault a guy for it.
So again, I just think that's a fault of his greatness that people expected to be, to be that on every single time.
Yeah, you know what? Look, I mean, that's that's a great point.
We expect so much out of LeBron because we've seen so much jazz here having all kinds of technical difficulties.
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People think something's wrong with him.
That's just a testament to how good he's been for so many years on how just how dominant he's been, that if he's not just absolutely killing people than we assumed that there must be something wrong with him or he's not engaged or anything like that.
I saw the broad through a number of great passes tonight, and I'm totally fine with that.
I think this team with the shootings, with shooters around LeBron and 80 you've got to get those guys going.
So again, look, if LeBron does this from now on, if he does this every once in a while, I don't think it's cause for concern.
If he's passing the ball early in the games, well, I don't think it's possible concern if he does this 1/4 of the season, this is he talked about, Would you rather him having to carry the load every single night? He was out there like last year and expect him to score 30 night order for the Lakers to even have a chance at winning or would you rather him be like the cool the way with 20 points on 14 shots and because I haven't here next to me.
He's kind of knights are gonna bode well for LeBron time from March April, when he's got 35 year old legs and into the playoffs.
Or he can't afford to not be a force on the offensive end.
So I don't want to say that you want to take the foot off the gas pedal all the time, but if you have an opportunity to play an inferior opponent like the Hornet and you get what you want, young fella, go there and do your work and LeBron doesn't have to put that much effort.
I don't see how this is a bad thing for the Lakers. No.
Look, if LeBron is able to do that, and by the way, I'm playing around with your image size again.
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More people saying that they saw Anthony Davis like stretching out his shoulder and doing things like that during the game again until we hear something concrete.
Not going to think that there's anything anything wrong there, Jess, since I'm fighting this thing so much and we've been having you drop in and out a little bit, let's why don't we wrap things up here? What do your final thoughts on this game? What did you think about the game overall, What was the, uh, what do you think we can take away? Moving forward now? I think offensively, the team is starting to look more comfortable with each other, a lot more comfortable than they were in that opening game against the Clippers.
So I think he building off that and again, the defensive intensity is gonna be important and making sure they're on the same page and not not allowing a team like the Hornet to stay in the game with you because you're giving up too many free throws or giving up a lot of open looks.
So I think that's, um no, correct.
Went forward, but your two and one through your first through your 1st 3 and then you got a pretty you know, you got a not very good Memphis Grizzlies team on Tuesday.
Little John Grant look great today.
And then you then you got the Mavericks San Antonio on the Bulls after that.
So I mean, there's no reason why this team can't be looking at 516 and one to start the season.
Yeah, that's a great point.
Look, they they didn't do what we were hoping they would do tonight, where they just come out, blow the doors off this team and then get everybody some rest in the fourth quarter. That didn't happen.
We have a number, another opportunity to do that against a bad Memphis Grizzlies team.
So let's see if they take the lessons from this game and apply them moving forward.
But again, you can't nitpick too much because they got the win and that that's the important part.
But now can they take that next step where they don't give teams that little bit of confidence that they can stick with him or anything, and they just blow teams out.
And that way you can rest players moving forward.
I think that's gonna be something to keep an eye on on Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Just thanks so much for the opera on here and joining me as always, and thank you to everybody who joined us in the various chat rooms and tossing questions and comments I've been reading through All of them.
Appreciate it again.
Fingers crossed about Anthony Davis.
Hopefully, everything is fine there.
And yeah, again.
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