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Obviously, we're doing a little bit of a late night show.
Here's a lot of you are listing on the podcast version will be listening in the morning on Wednesday morning before the Lakers take on the Orlando Magic.
We've got a ton to cover, and that's why I felt it was necessary for us to get in a show right now because we've got a ton of news items get, too, including the return of Avery Bradley.
We're gonna break that down how that might affect the Lakers.
Plus, we need to get into what the Lakers were gonna face on this upcoming five game road trip.
There's a lot going on.
LeBron James just had a really interesting interview with ESPN, said some things that I think are pretty important.
We're also going to take your questions, your fan questions and comments, people already hopping into the live chat.
So, uh, yeah, we're definitely gonna check all that out.
People are already asking me why I'm not wearing.
If you're watching the live stream, why I'm not wearing my lucky l a Bron shirt.
That only counts on the post game shows.
Apparently, when I wear that shirt of the postgame shows, the Lakers win.
So don't worry, guys.
I know I'm not wearing them one now, but since this is the full length bought, guess that means. But it's not.
It doesn't fall under those parameters, so no one panic on that one.
There, guys, this show, it's just gonna be me.
No jazz postgame show.
Don't have Chris Masters on or any of the other Lakers nation crew. Anything like that.
I kind of want to dive into AA lot of different topics, and I've got so much to get through.
I thought I'd better just tackle it myself on this one.
So we're going to start off with a little bit of news, and I want to start with this.
LeBron James interview.
See, LeBron had an interview with ESPN with Day Big Men, a man whose great guy of ESPN and in the interview I thought it was really, really interesting because LeBron talked about well, first and foremost, it starts off with quote for me, him, he says.
I'm definitely a Laker.
I feel it, and I'm happy is held to be one.
LeBron James now feels like a Laker, and you could hear it in his voice like this is a guy who's excited.
This is a guy who is pleased with where he's at it.
Of course, why shouldn't he be right? The Lakers or 21 3 on the season incredible top record in the n b A.
They've been tied with the Milwaukee Bucks fourth inoffensive rating.
Six in defensive rating, second in the n B. A.
In net rating there, certainly a championship contender, LeBron James himself.
Maybe you consider him to be the favorite for M V P.
Certainly, he's on the short list right now, along with teammate Anthony Davis.
We're gonna be talking more about him in just a minute, but obviously a lot of things to be excited about if you are LeBron James.
But something else toe stuck out to me there.
I'm definitely a Laker.
I feel you know, we've heard this for a long time.
That and we imagine Johnson has mentioned, and other people Kobe have mentioned that there's something different when you win as a Laker.
The city of Los Angeles gets behind you, but beyond that, the Lakers have the largest fan base in the world.
So when you win as a Laker, there's this buzz.
There's this, this positive energy that you get, and I think this is kind of what LeBron is referencing.
I don't want to put words in his mouth, but it's different when you win as a Laker compared to winning as as someone else as a member of a different franchise.
So winning as the Lakers something that's important and LeBron did reference that here.
Now, he really feels like he's part of this franchise like he's part of it.
He is truly a Los Angeles Laker.
He's not really seen it, like, even sensitive, the fan base.
He's not really seen as the hired gun anymore. So much.
It feels like he's one of our guys.
You know what I'm saying? This is LeBron James as a Laker bought in and much more accepted as a Laker now that the team is doing the things that they're doing this season now.
He also said some interesting things about the mental approach to the game about how about eight years ago, when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks when he was with Miami, he realized that he couldn't just be the physical player he had to add the mental approach to the game.
And that meant both in terms of the X's and O's and in terms of how he approaches the game, that mental exercises have really helped him.
He did mention the column app, which is an app that he has his partnered with.
So he was talking about about that.
He talked about taking a moment to work on his inner self, almost like meditations as you may see him on the sidelines during games for a minute or two.
That's just him finding a moment for himself.
And that's an important thing.
You know, his mental health is becoming a bigger and bigger thing as more and more athletes are feeling comfortable speaking out about mental health.
Taking that moment to to re center yourself can be really important.
That's not just that.
That's not something that's just for professional athletes.
That's something for all of us, for all of us in our daily lives.
Just having that moment to stop and kind of reflect and and get ourselves focused because sometimes during the day and I do this, too, it's really easy to get just overwhelmed by everything going on.
It's really easy to get wrapped up in all of that, so it's not using breathing techniques and things like that could be important.
And that's what LeBron James is doing.
He also mentioned sleep and how important sleep has been an ironic now that we're talking about this when I'm kind of burning the midnight oil here and doing a super late night show.
But LeBron talks about sleep and how he's realized that that is the key to his recovery.
That's been the reason why he's been so good for so long is because he prioritizes his sleep that no matter what you do ice baths and all that kind of stuff everything you could do for recovery, nothing tops sleep and how that's been so important again.
We've been seeing more and more sleep studies, and this is why travel matters, guys.
This is why when we talk about athletes going on the road and Chris Masters talked about this on the post game show with us a few shows ago about the fact that when you travel and your sleep pattern gets disrupted, it's much more difficult for your body to recover much more difficult for you to go out there and perform at a high level.
And that's what LeBron's talking about here.
He's realized how important sleep is, And so, as the Lakers head out on the road, they have to make sure they have to be very aware of how many hours they sleep.
And that's something that that LeBron is obviously going to be pushing.
Another news item that I want to get into, and this isn't so much news as much as his ****ysis.
The Lakers running, they are running like crazy.
This team is running all over the place.
Suddenly, it's kind of out of the blue, but it's something that's happening.
We didn't think that the Lakers would would be a fast place team.
We thought that they would be a slow it down offense, but check this out.
Over the last five games, the Lakers air sixth in the N B A.
This is a team full of veterans.
Veteran teams usually do not get out and run like this.
They are first in the league by a wide margin over the last five games in percentage of points coming off of fast break opportunities.
So that means not only are they fast breaking, but they're scoring in transition.
They're finding ways to generate points in transition, which is incredibly important.
Frank Vogel mentioned that their rebounding was was a key part of that and they were.
He's talked about this recently that the team was focusing on doing the little things now on making sure you're putting a body on a guy so you can get those defensive boards, and that was kind of the carrot to get the guys to rebound.
Was that, Hey, if we secure defensive boards, we can get out run And that's the fun part right? Getting out, running and throwing dunks in transition and all that kind of stuff.
That's the fun part of basketball.
So Vogel said, Look, if you guys can secure the defense of Rebound go, you can take off ago and LeBron James has been playing quarterback.
He has been throwing touchdown passes, has been been incredible with these hit ahead passes very reminiscent of the ones that loans a ball through as a Laker.
We've been seeing a lot of these, and they've been generating points.
The Lakers have been scoring, and it's made them and even more deadly offense.
In fact, this is in part the a cause for the Lakers to ah to shoot up in their offensive ranking.
Fact, the point now where they are higher and offensive rating than there are in defense of rating to start this season off.
It was the defense that was securing them wins.
While the offense was just kind of middle of the pack.
Now the offense has started to click both in the half court and now in transition, and that's a scary thought.
That is a scary, scary thought for the rest of the league.
Imagine that you've got Anthony Davis, LeBron James, JaVale McGee, who can run the floor like crazy Dwight Howard.
All these guys coming down the court at you on a fast break.
Good luck stopping that.
And that's what's what's really exciting about this.
Yes, you know, fastbreak basketball is inherently exciting.
But the fact that the Lakers were doing it with this with this personnel man, that is going to be devastating.
That's going to be incredibly devastating for teams to deal with.
Okay, they have been third in defense of rebound possession over the our percentage over the last 5/11 on the season.
So Frank Vogel, his focus on getting those defensive rebounds up has been ah, is a message has been received, and they're using it to get out and running.
Here's why. This is so significant.
Guys transition Basketball is almost always more valuable than half court basketball, and I say that because you can score a lot more efficiently in transition than you can in half court.
They almost invariably the the worst transition offense is typically generating somewhere near, if not more than the same points per possession as the best half court offense.
Transition buckets are easier to come by.
You forced teams in the mismatches.
That's another benefit if you get out in transition, even if a team gets back and they stop your initial attack and you have to set up 1/2 court.
Ah, lot of times they're cross matched.
A lot of times you've got guys that are on the wrong players because they had to scramble and, uh, just match up as quickly as they could.
And so then you wind up with mismatches that you can exploit.
So that's another advantage is that even if you do get on the fastbreak and it doesn't turn into an immediate bucket? Ah, lot of times when you settle into the half court, your chances of scoring are higher because you've got some advantageous match ups across the floor.
But anyway, right now, the Lakers are scoring 1.
16 points per possession in transition for the season, which is third in the N B.
A. By the way, third in the n B. A.
In transition efficiency.
To give you guys an idea of how that compares, they score 0.
98 points per possession in the halfcourt.
I know that doesn't sound like a lot right, 1.
98 But over 100 possession game, which is, you know, somewhere around what a typical end begin would be, that means the difference between scoring 98 points and scoring 116.
If you were to get every single possession off a transition or every single possession off 1/2 court play.
Now again, that's not realistic.
You're never going to see a game where every possession is transition or every possession is it's half court.
But what I'm saying is it is more valuable and it does matter, and it can make the difference in wins and losses.
So any time the Lakers can get a stop and they can dig in defensively and they've been very, very good about that and they can get out and run, they can secure that defense aboard and they can run That's a good thing for them.
That's something that is going to generate points at a higher rate than running their half court offense.
So if they can keep this up, it's going to make them that much more efficient on the offensive end and that much more difficult for other teams to deal with.
So look, I'm telling you, be excited about seeing Anthony Davis flight on the floor and catch touchdown passes from LeBron and dunk and all those sorts of things because they are so much fun.
But in addition to being fun, they're also extremely efficient, and they will help the Lakers win basketball games.
So very, very cool thing there that the Lakers are now getting out and running.
And again, they're at this 0.
In pace over the last five games, which is something I never thought we'd be saying, All right, moving on to our next topic.
Anthony Davis, A D.
The Brown Western Conference Player of the week and well deserved check this out.
Four games, 80 35 points, eight boards, 2.
5 assists, two blocks, 1.
8 steals, and the Lakers pick up wins over the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
I was looking at that stretch heading into this thinking, Oh, man, this is gonna be a challenge.
Three of those games are on the road.
Two of them were back to back the Nuggets in the Jazz and those air difficult places to play going and playing an altitude at that.
Gosh, they're probably gonna drop some games there.
I thought for sure they're gonna lose some games there because that's a tougher stretch.
The schedule had been a little bit easy for them to start this season off.
You know, it's tough when you go out out on the road and the Lakers just cruised the Lakers cruise.
I mean, they passed this test with flying colors.
Yes, they dropped the game before that four game stretched the Dallas Mavericks.
But that four game stretch they really showed that there is a difference.
There is a difference between them and the rest of the West.
Maybe the Clippers, perhaps the Rockets.
I guess you kind of have to throw in there, but the bottom line is there is an elite tier in the Western Conference, and the Lakers are part of that.
And then there's a tear right below and in that tear includes teams that we thought could get into that elite tier.
And maybe they still well.
But like the Jazz, like the Nuggets, the Blazers, even the Wolves started the season out pretty well.
Right now, they're more middle of the pack.
Same thing with the Blazers.
We expected to be one of I kind of thought they would be the top team in the West coming out of the regular season, and the Lakers again made them look like, clearly a tier below.
And that is so impressive and a lot of credit to Anthony Davis for what he's done on the defense of end of the floor.
He has saved a number of games just by getting stops in crunch time.
He has been incredible at that.
I think at this point we can say that Anthony Davis is 1% a defensive player of the year candidate.
In fact, we could say that Anthony Davis at this point, is the favorite to win defensive player of the year.
Hey, he dropped 50 points the other night.
This is a guy who is phenomenal in so many facets of the game offensive defense of notice.
He's taken less of those fall away jumpers that he used to take in the post, and those were causing all kinds of issues where he does.
He wasn't scoring very efficiently from those.
He's taking Maur spot up jumpers where his shoulders air squared and when he is getting into the post, he's rolling more to the basket.
So he's even more efficient than he was before.
He's still capable of locking down people on the defensive end.
And how unfair is it that Anthony Davis can go defend on the perimeter? I looked at the poor Timberwolves the other night, and the Wolves had Robert Covington defending Anthony Davis, which he can't do, And Robert Covington is a good defender.
Well, they also tried Karl Anthony Towns, who got absolutely torched, torched by a D, could not defend him, and then on the other end, you think? OK, well, maybe if you're the Wolves fan, maybe Covington can knock in enough shots from three.
He can really make Anthony Davis's life held by making him chase him around on the perimeter.
Now Anthony Davis could do that, too.
He can defend on the perimeter as well, and you have nothing that the Wolves are pretty much anybody else can do about it.
It's amazing the kind miss matches the Lakers can create, because Anthony Davis is so versatile.
Certainly, I think the leader in the defensive player of the year race again long, long way to go, a lot of basketball to play.
But if we if we were to name them right now, I'd say Anthony Davis has to be defensive player of the year and and he's got to be on the short list for M V P candidate right there with LeBron James with some other guys like the guy they're going to see if you in about a week.
Yanis answer to Coop.
Oh, another one that's out there.
But guys, there are very, very few players that have ever played this game that could be both a defensive player of the year candidate and an M V P candidate the same time and have a legitimate shot at both and Anthony Davis.
The way he's playing certainly could be a guy who gets both of those awards, All right.
Want to talk about a little tidbit that has do with Dwight Howard makes me respect Dwight Howard. Even more.
Look going into this season when the Lakers brought in Dwight Howard, I was skeptical.
At first I will freely, a bit.
I was one of those people saying I feel more comfortable if they signed joking.
No, that's something that I said because I was worried about all the stuff that comes with Dwight Howard in the physical side.
I didn't know if he could, You know, we've only seen employed nine games this season before.
I didn't know what kind of shape he was gonna be in if he could be a real asset to the team and when there's those kind of physical questions and then you have the issues that Dwight has had in terms of getting along with teammates and chemistry and all that.
I was concerned about those things, but Dwight went over the top to prove to the Lakers that he has committed this time and you look at what he did when this deal came out and it turned out that the deal was non guaranteed with the Lakers.
So he had a deal of five million and change with the Memphis Grizzlies.
He got that bought out.
Okay, you got bought out.
Memphis got off about $2.
6 million in the buyout, and the Lakers were then gonna pay Dwight that 2.
6 million, Do you think? OK, well, Dwight didn't really lose any money, except he made it nonguaranteed.
Which means the Lakers didn't have to pay him a dollar of that if they didn't want to you.
If Dwight came into the first practice and goofed off, Frank Vogel could just go out. No.
See you later and then Sorry, Dwight Howard.
That money that was guaranteed to you that you chose to make down guarantee you now don't get but get this Ramona Shelburne from ESPN, mentioned that Dwight was the one, not the Lakers.
Dwight was the one who came up with the idea of making the deal nonguaranteed as a way to prove to the Lakers to show to the Lakers that he's that committed to doing this, that he's that committed to coming back to Los Angeles to writing a previous wrong and to proving that he can still play in the n b.
A. And you have to respect that.
Okay, I think most people saw this as the Lakers went to Dwight and said, Look, in order to minimize our our risk here, we need to make this non guaranteed.
And Dwight gave in and relented.
But according to Ramona, it was Dwight that came up with this Dwight and his agent saying, I'm quoting Ramona here saying, Yes, we'll do a nonguaranteed just to show you how committed we are to being this kind of player.
I mean, Dwight approaching them, saying, Look, we'll take all the risk out of it for you.
If I mess up, cut me.
You won't have to be even pay me.
I'm going to risk $2.
6 million willingly.
I'm offering this up to you as proof of how serious I am and as a result, look of the Dwight we've gotten.
Look at the way Dwight Howard's been playing this season.
Yeah, there's been some ebbs and flows.
He had some hit a couple of down couple of weeks and then he had some big games recently, right, But overall.
Overall, Dwight Howard has been incredible for the Lakers.
Been one of the big story lines for the team that Dwight has been able to come back, and he's been such a big part of the squad, both on the defensive end and the offense event.
He's been doing all the little things, setting screens, boxing out, rolling hard to the rim, not carrying if it gets post touches.
This is not the Dwight we remember.
This is a new guy.
This is a focused Dwight Howard.
And let me tell you from being in the locker room in Phoenix when the Lakers came but came to Phoenix and, Ah, and being in there, Dwight, how to his post game or his pregame meal.
He was serious about that.
And some of the reporters were joking around with him about Oh, Dwight, you know where those French fries on your plate kind of giving him a hard time just, you know, in fun.
And Dwight kind of laughed at the same time, was kind of serious, like No, this is This is whole grain pasta, man like Like he's making it clear that he is not joking around about this.
He is serious about it.
And you know what? Credit to Dwight Howard for proving us wrong because he has been absolutely tremendous.
And you gotta love it.
A lot of respected Dwight and what he's done this season to prove that he is not done.
And he has something left in the tank.
And, uh, happy to say that he's a guy that we can really get behind and root for at this point.
A few more news items that we're gonna get to the game preview here.
Yeah, that's right.
The latest Andre would all the news this comes from Kevin O'Connor of the Ringer said the Lakers would love for the Memphis Grizzlies to buy on. Veterans.
Have course they would write, but there's no world in which this happens.
That's coming from Kevin O'Connor of the Ringer about the Memphis Grizzlies and Andre Iguodala.
So, just to recap the situation for anybody that is not aware of what is going on right now is that the the Memphis Grizzlies traded for Andre would Allah.
The Cold State Warriors actually gave them a first round pick, a future first, which, if you look at how banged up the Warriors are right now.
That's looking like a pretty strong asset.
I think they don't get it until I want to say 2024.
That's on top of my head.
But the Memphis Grizzlies got a first for absorbing the salary of Andre Iguodala makes about 17 million.
And then once they realized, Hey, teams, I kind of want under a dollar like the Lakers, like the Clippers.
Some others they decided that they're not going to buy out Andre Iguodala.
Instead, they're going to hang onto him until someone trades for him, and they're going to assert that they will not buy him out.
And then anything that wants him will have to give them some assets for.
So, yes, the Memphis Grizzlies want to get paid to collect his salary when I get paid to absorb his salary and then want to get paid to send him to another team in the form of assets, any kind of assets.
And in fact, O'Connor does mention that the Grizzlies are open to any type of offer, any type of offer.
Somebody give us an offer.
Anybody throw us something.
Of course, you guys know what I'm talking about.
You guys can see what's happening here.
This is called posture and guys bluffing for playing cards.
The Memphis Grizzlies understand that the the perception is that as they inch closer to the trade deadline, if the trade deadline passes and they haven't found a deal, you could also will get bought out.
And teams knowing this aren't willing to offer up much for under a vanilla if anything, because why pay in assets for a guy that you can scoop up off the free agent market in just a few months? And that makes a lot of sense.
What the Grizzlies are trying to do is they're trying to put enough doubt into these teams minds that hey, maybe somebody's gonna present an offer.
Maybe we won't wind up getting him.
Let's just give Memphis something for him and make sure we get him on our team.
Maybe if the Lakers feel like Iguodala is the peace, they need to really put them over the top.
And by the way, I do think the Lakers need a wing defender.
We've talked about this on here.
I think they need another wing defender.
I think Andre Iguodala could very well be that guy.
Maybe if the Clippers thank you, know what we need to keep.
It would all away from the Lakers, so let's go make a move for him now.
That's what the Grizzlies are banking on, their banking on a team, getting nervous and offering something.
And clearly they're looking for just about anything because of the comment that that they are opened any type offer.
Somebody, please offer us something right? So it's it.
It's a staring contest.
They're going to see which side blinks Look, it's possible the Lakers don't get even. Ellen.
It's possible some team comes along and does offer the Grizzly something.
Maybe it works out for the Grizzlies.
Maybe they get another asset out of this.
That is certainly a possible outcome here, but it's also possible that teams just see through what they're doing, which I believe is happening, and no one ends up offering anything, and then they're kind of putting a weird spot where at the trade deadline offer doesn't materialize.
And then what do you do with the medulla? Well, you probably have to buy him out because he's not gonna play for the Grizzlies, and there's no point in holding on to him after that.
So, yeah, the Grizzlies have a deadline here that's approaching coming up in the middle of February.
There's a deadline.
They have to do something by then.
If they don't if they If no team gives them an offer that they like, or perhaps no team gives them offer at all because they're just gonna wait them out, then they're probably gonna have to buy him out.
Unless you want to deal with an angry Iguodala who then has to sit out entire, eh? NBA season, because the Grizzlies couldn't come to terms on a deal.
So again, it's a staring contest.
Everybody knows what's going on.
Everybody knows what's happening and the Grizzlies putting out there through Kevin O'Connor through sources and all that, that there's there is no world in which that happens.
That they actually buy him out is just the Grizzlies trying to convince.
Everyone know guys, Look, we're really serious here.
Everybody believe us.
We're definitely not buying him out.
No matter what that's that's not happening.
Everybody knows it's It's an act right.
They kind of have to buy him out.
If the trade deadline passes and no deal is reached.
So that's where we're at.
Still a staring contest between the Grizzlies, the Lakers, the Clippers, anybody else who wants Iguodala? Um, and who knows again? Maybe somebody blinks and the scent of an offer.
And then Memphis is happy.
That's entirely possible, but right now we're still stuck in that spot.
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So good news, Lakers fans.
Avery Bradley is back.
According to Brad Turner, the L A Times Avery Bradley will indeed suit up against the Orlando Magic Wednesday night.
The Lakers defense vases back.
Look, Alex Caruso has been in the top 10 among guards and defensive reading.
So is Avery Bradley.
He has been one of the Lakersbest defenders, one of the best defensive guards in the league, and so getting him back is going to be a good thing.
He is on a minutes restriction can only play 20 minutes a night.
But this begs the question.
What's gonna happen? What's gonna happen with the Lakers starting rotation? Is Avery Bradley going back in the starting lineup? I would imagine probably not initially, but who knows? Nothing official at this point.
Does he start orders? Frankel will stick with KCP.
You know what KCP was struggling to start the season? No, no denying that KCP was was struggling to start the season, but he's picked it up lately, and the Lakers starters have been playing pretty well with KCP in there.
So what do you do if you're Frank Vogel? Do you go back to Avery Bradley, where your defense look tremendous.
You had one of the best Defense is in the n B A.
When Avery Bradley was in there with your starters.
I mean, think about that.
You've got a defensive backcourt of Avery Bradley and Danny Green.
And then just when Avery Bradley goes to sub out Oh, here comes another top 10 Defensive garden.
No let up from the Lakers defense.
Gotta like that.
Right? But do you just hand that starting spot back over? And if you do, what does that do to Casey piece confidence.
This is guy who took a ton of flack.
This is a guy who was who was struggling.
This He was air balling, layups, guys that I wish I was exaggerating about that.
Do you worry about potentially deflating his confidence if you push KCP back to the bench? No, look, he's a veteran.
You shouldn't have to worry about that.
but maybe it's something to consider.
I would have to imagine that, given that he's got a minutes limit.
You probably want to ease Avery.
But Bradley back into things again.
He's been dealing with that.
That fracture in his leg.
He does seem to be okay.
Now he's ready to play.
He's cleared. He's good to go.
But again, Frank Vogel is gonna have decision making.
Look, let's make it clear this is a great problem.
Have you've got two players who can start for you two players short, good.
Two players who can help your team in different ways.
That's a good problem to have.
You'd rather have that problem than not right, but it's still gonna be something for him to navigate.
Does the the starting job transfer back to Avery Bradley, or has KCP done enough to prove that he should keep it? That's gonna be a decision that they're going to have to make.
Okay, Bradley very, very good defender was very solid, so let's see what what they dio.
Hey, I'm seeing some comments coming in, by the way, guys, I am reading your comments here as we're going through those you were in the live chat, some people saying Alex Cruz was overrated defensively.
That's not with the advanced at, say, guys.
I'm just I'm just going with that, Um, personally.
I lean towards eventually eventually transitioning back to Avery Bradley.
But I don't know if you do it right away, because the team has been winning.
They've been winning. They've been playing really, really well.
I think you can keep KCP and that starting lineup and still use Avery Bradley a lot, maybe using too close games.
And that's another thing.
Look, Frank Vogel has been tremendous.
And doing that has been tremendous and finding the right guys too close games.
Look, Dwight Howard has probably probably been better than JaVale McGee.
Then travails had some high spots, too, But notice Vogel hasn't stuck Dwight Howard in the starting lineup because he's kept his rotation, and then he just feeds more minutes to Dwight.
Typically, on most nights, Dwight Howard gets more minutes than Javale McGee.
Some nights that hasn't happened.
But most nights Dwight gets more minutes.
So it's possible that Vogel keeps KCP in the starting lineup and then just gives Bradley more minutes and says, Look, we need your defense more.
It's also possible that KCP has been playing so well that he just deserves a 50 50 split.
Guys get a lot of comments here about Kyle Kuzma coming in and we're gonna talk about all this.
Okay? I'm gonna open this up to a full fan question and answer session in just a minute here.
I do want to get into this Orlando game.
We'll do a quick breakdown of that.
So here's what you've got.
Lakers going off departing on a five game road trip, and they start with Orlando.
And I know I know what you're thinking.
Should be an easy win for the Lakers, right? Should be one where the Lakers just steamroll the magic.
And you know what? Those you saying that you're not wrong, okay? You're not wrong.
This should be a win for the Lakers.
This is not a great Orlando Magic team.
But let me present an argument for why it might be a little bit more difficult than we think.
Okay, first of all, you've got to travel involved.
You're flying all the way across the country.
The Lakers have struggled in Orlando in recent years, the Orlando Magic are 26th inoffensive rating.
Terrible, terrible and offensive rating, but their ninth in defensive rating.
They're pretty good there.
They're solid defensively.
They've got some long defenders.
You have Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba.
Okay, because of that.
And by the way, you guys Jonathan Isaac averaging 2.
9 blocks per game because his arms just don't end, they don't.
They just keep going and going and going their eighth in the N B A and opponents points in the paint because they have so much, so much length.
That's something this team can do and sometimes.
And we saw this early in the season for the Lakers.
Sometimes when your offense is good, your defense can keep you in games.
Milwaukee only beat this team by nine in their last game, and based on their rating and based on where they sit, you would think the Orlando Magic would be worse than that.
And by the way, I should mention that Nikola Bozovic, who lit up the Lakers last year when they played him, is not playing.
He's got an ankle injury, so he's out, too.
So again, the Lakers should win this game.
But I'm saying that if Orlando's defense is good enough, it could keep things close.
And this is something we've talked about all season.
The Lakers were gonna get everyone's best shot, especially when they're on the road, because for a team like the Magic with one game where the Lakers come into town, they know Don't kid yourself and think they don't know.
They know that this is going to be the highest rated game of their season.
No question Lakers coming into town.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis coming into town with the Lakers massive fan base.
This is going to be the most eyeballs Theo the Orlando Magic have on them all season long, and their players were gonna play like it.
I can tell you that their guys are going to step up.
The Lakers are going to get every team's best shot.
When they had to Miami, they're gonna get the Heat's bad shop.
They had to Atlanta after that.
The Hawks that shot Indiana.
Same thing. Milwaukee.
Of course, that's gonna be a Titanic clash.
So the Orlando Magic expect them expect the very best out of this team, and look, they've got a couple of good guards in D J Augustine End Sky named Marco Faults.
Who's been starting for them? Yeah, that Mark L Falls guy Who's the number one? Pick your loans.
A ball was drafted.
Number two Marco Faults is starting to turn things around there.
So they've got some players there, have got some young players.
They're gonna have energy.
They're gonna come out here.
This is not gonna be a game where their magic just roll over.
Now, look, yes, the Lakers should win.
If you go out and do what you're supposed to do.
The Lakers should win this game.
But I'm saying that this Magic team isn't just gonna accept defeat right from the get go.
That's not gonna happen now.
The Magic also are 28th in field goal percentage.
In other words, they're terrible shooting awful, awful, awful shooting from the field.
And what does that mean? That means a lot of rebounds.
What were you talking about earlier? The Lakers how they've gotten much better at grabbing defense of boards and how they've been using that to get out and run.
So if the Lakers are able to get it out on the fastbreak.
That's the way I see this game really swinging in.
The Lakers favor.
If they're able to get out and run on this Magic team, which, based on the amount of times they miss how poor they're shooting is.
I think that is a fairly likely thing that teams can run on the Magic.
Now, look, they have the athletes.
They have the length to cover up.
But I still think in the very worst.
If you run, you're gonna force the mismatches on the other end.
Okay? Like what? You know you could force Marquel faults into defending Anthony Davis.
In theory, you could force somebody else into trying to check LeBron James like, let's say you get Mo Bomba stuck on LeBron James or something like that.
Like these are all things that are probably gonna result in baskets for the Lakers.
So if the Lakers could get out and run on this team, which I think is very possible with the number of Mrs that, they tend to have, um, this this could very easily become a blow up for the Lakers.
I just think the magic are gonna fight a little bit more than we, uh, we are anticipating now.
As of this moment, Rondo is questionable.
We don't know if he's gonna go or not.
Still deal with that hamstring issue.
The Lakers did say they're gonna be careful with that.
So Rhonda was the guy who controls the second unit.
And look, here's the question.
Here's the big question here.
When we're talking about everybody coming back, what does that do to everybody else's minutes? Because there's a domino effect, whether or not he starts.
And we've had that discussion, whether or not Bradley starts, there's going to be a domino effect here.
So the knee jerk reaction would be okay.
Well, he's gonna eat up Quinn Cook's minutes where he's going to eat up Troy Daniels minutes.
Something like that.
You guys, you're probably not pulling KCP right now.
If Rondo's healthier, probably playing him.
But exactly how many minutes do all these guards get? Because realistically, you have what 45 players you've got Alex Caruso, Danny Green, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and KCP.
So you've got five guys between two positions.
Point guard in shooting garden.
LeBron's the point guard on offense but still, that's talking about where they defend, maybe even get away with sliding down and green down to a three.
It sometimes Maybe you could do the same thing with KCP, although we saw that hasn't been super successful.
The bottom line is that the Lakers have, and Frank Vogel has a good problem on his hands.
He has more players who are deserving of minutes than he has minutes to give out.
Still a problem.
It's gonna be interesting to see how he navigates that how the minutes all play out.
So I would kind of hope to see Rondeau playing.
And hopefully he's healthy, healthy enough to play because I really am interested to see how Frank Vogel doles out the minutes.
Alex Caruso certainly been deserving of minutes.
Rondo has been playing tremendous lately.
He's been playing really, really well.
KCP has been playing well.
Danny Green, you're paying in $15 million.
He's hit some big shots.
How do you keep these guys off the floor? That's the question mark, and now you're bringing back Avery Bradley, who's been with the best defensive guards in the league.
What do you do? How do you handle that situation with all those guys deserving man, it's gonna be interesting to see how Frank Vogel does that. Now.
Last thing I want to talk to you before we dive into all of your questions is what is a successful road trip.
What is a successful road trip look like for these Los Angeles Lakers? Well, five game road trip? I'm coming into this looking at it saying, Okay, last road trip, three game trip, I said.
If they won two out of three, I'd be happy.
And if they would all three, I'd be.
I'd be ecstatic, and that's what they did.
They went out one all. Three.
So now, looking at their opponents, Atlanta should be a win.
Orlando should be a win.
The Lakers have been good so far this season at beating below 500 teams.
Fact, I believe they want to say they're 16 and, oh, so with that being the case, I'm gonna say four on one.
Let's set the bar high.
Why not? This Lakers team is proven Bacon, bacon.
Ah, meet challenges.
Let's say four and one on this road trip.
I'd be pretty happy with.
Be happy with that if they go three and two.
There's a couple of difficult ones in there, right? Milwaukee is certainly not gonna be easy in Milwaukee.
You know, the bucks? You're gonna be fired up for that.
They go forward one, though.
I'd be pretty happy. Three and two. Okay.
Anything less than that, I don't think would be acceptable with this Laker squad.
Uh, five and 5 may weaken Dream.
I don't expect it, but if it happens, that be great.
But yeah, I'm gonna stay for 11 for this road trip, and we'll see.
We'll see if they're able to live up to that or not.
All right, guys, what we're gonna do is I am going to be diving into your fan questions here.
OK, so we're gonna transition a little bit.
You guys fire your questions at me.
I'm gonna read them, go through him already.
Saw a bunch of questions about Kyle Kuzma.
So let's address that right now.
Look, Kyle Kuzma has not been great for the Lakers.
Hasn't been pretty at all times.
He has looked as some of you mentioned in the Live Shot.
He's looked uncomfortable at best. right.
He's looked a little bit lost on the offensive end.
Still had some bad habits defensively.
His hips aren't in the right spots.
Ah, a lot of times on defense, he's not.
He's not cutting the driver off the right way.
He turns his head a lot, so that's Ah, that's exposed him to some backdoor cuts.
In fact, we're starting to see this thing and watch for it against the Magic two guys is teams.
They're starting to pick on Kyle Cruise, but they're setting up plays that involve backdoor cuts against Kuzma because he's been susceptible to it because some teams have had success with it.
Now we're starting to see it more frequently, so I'm curious to see one if the Orlando Magic run anything like that.
And two, if they do, does Koosman make the adjustment? Read the play and put a stop to it.
That's gonna be big.
Kuzma hasn't been great, but I still have faith in him, and I'm trying to withhold judgment on him until these January because he's had so many in injury issues.
It takes awhile to get up to speed.
Think about Lonzo Ball.
Last year, he struggled to start the season because he didn't really get a training camp.
It took him a while to get his legs under him.
Same thing here with Kara Koosman.
I know it can be frustrating because everybody knows his potential.
Everybody knows how good he is.
Right, but or how good he can be.
But he just hasn't shown it yet.
Not consistently, anyway.
And look the mark of a young players. Inconsistency.
That's what him players do.
But there is a better version of Cal Koosman.
This just like to start the season first.
What five game six games? I was saying over and over again, This is not K C. P's best.
Okay, this is not the rial case.
You're going to see a better version of KCP once he has a positive regression to the mean.
I think we're going to see the same thing from from Calcutta.
I think there's going to be a positive regression coming.
Not that he's going to be this third superstar that the Lakers need, but I think he's better than what we've seen so far.
Okay, we've seen some flashes.
Now we just gotta wait for him to really get a rhythm going.
So I think that's going to be the thing, that thing to look for.
All right, let me dive into a few of your questions here.
People already throwing out Kyle Kuzma trades Kyle Kuzma for Marcus Morris.
Somebody saying, um, you're going to exile? Kahuku Schmidt of the New York Knicks.
You're going to do that to Kyle Kuzma, the boy who lived with one guy who didn't get traded in the Anthony Davis deal.
You're going to exile him to New York.
Ouch! That hurts. That's just mean.
That does mean to Kyle Kuzma at this point.
Not nice, beyond the South says.
Why would Danny Green attack the basket? He does.
He does attack the basket, but you see him stick with what he's good at, and that's the little been range floater.
We've seen him have one tip dunk this year where he got up.
But finishing at the rim isn't really Danny Greene's forte.
He understands that he's Maur going to take one or two dribbles and then pull up and shoot the little floater.
If he's going to attack the basket, he knows what he's good at and he sticks to it.
That's what makes Danny Green so efficient.
That's what makes Danny Green so effective.
As a player, you don't see him play outside of himself very often.
You don't see him try things that he probably isn't gonna be successful at.
Cal Cruise Boat, on the other hand, tries a lot of things, and that sometimes isn't successful anyway because he just he thinks that he can make just about everything.
And that's how he's wired, right? But Danny Green, one of the reasons why he is so efficient and therefore rates so highly and all the advanced stats is he plays within himself at almost all times.
Okay, yes, he does commit some ugly turnovers every now and then, and look him dribbling down the floor is a scary thing.
But overall, you don't see him attacking the rim and initiating contact a lot because he's not good at it.
He's got a greater probability of scoring by just pulling up for the little mid range shot, and he's pretty effective there.
So that's why you see him see him doing that.
Let's dive into some other, these other ones, Uh, the realist from YouTube, says Cosmo.
Russia's too much a great Yeah, he does.
Sometimes he can have you contemptible issues right where he thinks that that a shot's open and he takes it real quick.
He just doesn't have his timing down yet, and that's what I'm looking to see.
There's There's something you hear players say, and it's the game slowed down.
Once things start to really click, they look at you, can even see it on the floor.
They look like the game has slowed down to them like they're anticipating things.
Brandon Ingram did this last season.
The final probably six weeks is a Laker.
Before the injury, it looked like the game's slowed down for him.
People weren't stopping him from getting to his spots.
He was making the right cuts.
The right reads.
The game looked much easier for him than it did at the beginning of the season.
I think we'll eventually have that kind of transition, where the game will start to look easier for him.
Okay, not that he's gonna be a star or anything like that, but again, I think the game will get easier for him.
At some point, somebody mentioned Taylan, Horton Tucker and these go by quick guys.
So sorry if I miss some, but, uh, what's 13 22 coups for Trev? Many.
I'm assuming you're talking about me.
God, Kyle Cruise, Mike and promise he was a better basketball player than I am.
There's no question there, but look, it's a longhorn.
Tucker got a couple of minutes off the bench.
I've been saying it all.
The post game shows.
Don't expect him to come in here right away and do big things.
Intrigued by a skill set, though.
Certainly a guy to keep an eye on.
But expect nothing.
Expect nothing from Taelon Horton Tucker and then be pleasantly surprised if he if he gives you something.
He's definitely a piece for the future, though.
Something it's interesting.
Give cousins to the Knicks.
They need his 10 high fives and handshakes.
That's pretty rough, Josh.
Look, DeMarcus Cousins obviously isn't giving the Lakers anything.
Probably this season.
And, yeah, there's been some talk about maybe he could be healthy for the playoffs.
But how rusty would he be at that point.
How much can he really help you? They're not saying it's impossible for it to happen, but I just wouldn't be counting on that, Okay, but that doesn't mean you need to exile the guy.
On the contrary, I think that what the Lakers are doing with the markets cousins is really important.
They're keeping him as part of the team.
You see him there on the bench.
He's one of the guys he is.
He is checked in mentally right.
He is a part of it.
Even though he will not be able to play a single game, most likely in the Lakers uniform this season, there's a few reasons why that's important.
Just on a personal level, just as a human being, it's difficult on athletes to be removed from their team to be removed from that camaraderie to me, removed from that sense of brotherhood of team when they're recovering, it's a very lonely thing when you're recovering on your own letter.
But countless athletes have talked about that, but the recovery process was very lonely and so you don't want cousins to have to go through that by himself.
And so by keeping him involved in keeping him part of the team.
And, yes, you guys just see him, you know, high fiving and handshakes and all that kind of stuff.
Um, it's gonna help with the recovery process.
And as a guy who's dealt with all of those injuries that he has from the Achilles to the quad now the A C L right, that could be defeating mentally right up here.
So that's that's big for the Lakers to keep him involved because it's going to keep him locked in mentally to his recovery process.
The other thing, which isn't quite as altruistic as the fact that Cousins is gonna be a free agent this summer.
He's probably if he decides to keep playing.
He's probably signing to a minimum deal because teams were gonna want him to prove that he can stay healthy.
And I don't know about you guys.
But if it's me, if DeMarcus Cousins is signing anywhere on the minimum deal, I wanted to be with the Lakers.
If he's got basketball left in him, I'd like the Lakers to get something out of that.
I'd like to see him suiting up alongside Anthony Davis speaking of which there's another point.
If Anthony Davis, who is gonna be a free agent this summer and you'd like him to come back, wouldn't it be great to say, Hey, a d sign with us? Obviously, we've got a good team championship contender here, and we're also bringing back when your best buddies in the world into Marcus Cousins and we treated right.
We did right by him because that's what we do is a franchise.
Look, we did for Kobe.
Look at the contract we gave him coming off the Achilles.
We treat our stars, right? Not every team does that.
Remember? That's why Adie didn't go to Boston.
Wasn't interested because he felt like being disrespected Isiah Thomas with the way they treated him.
So the Lakers are sending the message, and they've been very careful about this message in recent years, sending the message that they take care of their stars.
Right? Maybe that played a role in LeBron James coming.
Maybe that will play a role than the way they're acting with the Markets.
Cousins could play a role with Anthony Davis sticking around.
Yeah, that's connecting some dots there, and maybe I'm reaching a little bit.
But I'm saying it makes a lot of sense right now for the Lakers for a number of reasons to be doing what they're doing with the Marcus cousins and ah, treating him, right.
Let's see here a few more questions.
We're gonna dive into Russia.
Davidson, look ahead at Yonas versus 80.
Gosh, that's gonna be insane.
That is gonna be just off the charts.
I can't wait to see Honest versus Anthony Davis.
That's gonna be nuts.
And look, it's not really gonna be one on ones.
It's a total team effort trying to stop the honest, just like it's a total team effort trying to stop a d.
But man, talk about clash of the Titans.
That's gonna be incredible.
I can't wait to see that.
I will do an in depth breakdown for that actually happens.
Uh, comment here from you two.
Lakers slipped to sixth in defense.
Avery will fix this. Yes.
Look, the Lakers defensive rating did slip without Avery Bradley.
That's the benefit of getting him back.
He's a really, really good defender.
He is excellent.
Some of the trade offers you guys have are throwing out here in this chatter.
Ah, pretty funny.
Okay, here's another one.
I want to get into your Jesse check, Owen says from YouTube.
Should have kept Brandon Ingram.
That's this idea that I've seen bouncing around for a while that the Lakers picked Kyle Kuzma over Brandon Ingram that the pelicans went.
The Lakers said, Okay, well, you guys can pick one of them.
Keep everyone and the Lakers, said Koosman.
Why? Why do we believe that? That's what happened.
If you're the Pelicans, does that sound likely? Does that sound like something you would accept that you would just give the Lakers the pick of whichever one of their young players they want to keep? Know? If you're the pelicans and you're giving up Anthony Davis, you're saying, OK, who's the two best? Then we're the best guys.
In fact, the Pelicans probably said We want all of them and the Lakers have to fight back in.
The pelican said, Okay, well, Brandon Ingram has to be part of it.
If you're keeping any of them, it's probably Ingram.
If not, then maybe you can talk about Lonzo, but Cruz, mum for me, would have been third on that list you would have.
I had hoped that if they were gonna keep Cruz, but it was gonna be Koosman A and heart.
Now, the Lakers see a lot of value in Cow Koosman, and part of that is his contract.
He has a contract.
That was about what, 25% of what Brandon Ingram was making something with Lonzo ball, and so that matters when you're building out your roster.
But I don't think we have any evidence that the Lakers got the pick to keep Kyle Kuzma that the Lakers made some decision to keep Koosman over Ingram or something like that.
I do, We don't know, and I don't know for sure that it wasn't on the table, but I'm saying there's no reason to believe right now that that was ever a possibility that the Lakers getting to just pick any one of their young guys to hang on to and that they pick Kyle Koosman said.
You guys keep Brandon Ingram and loans a ball.
I would be very, very skeptical.
We're looking at that.
I don't believe that.
Something that makes sense, it doesn't have the ring of truth to it.
I don't think that's how those trade negotiations would have gone.
Uh, the realist from YouTube says Cuba doesn't let the offense come to him.
That's why he struggles.
Yeah, that's part of it.
Is timing and rhythm and all those other things that we talked about, it's going to take him time to figure all that out.
Stephen Gilliam, from Facebook said.
In other words, four games to try and soften us up for the Bucks.
Yet all five games are against the East.
So yeah, that's that's gonna be part of the dynamic.
When the Lakers play the Bucks, it's gonna be the last game of a road trip.
Typically, we look at that game as a trap game.
Why? Because you're looking forward to getting home and seeing your family and you're tired from being on the road.
Travel's not easy.
Playing an MBA game is not easy.
Playing an end game while traveling is really not easy, really, really difficult to do, so to have played four games already.
Lakers gonna be rolling in Milwaukee, probably exhausted, tired of being on the road, wanting to co come home, wanting to see family and knowing that they just have to get through one more game.
Okay, It's like the last day of school.
Are you putting in the the your best effort on that day? Probably not.
So that's why that last game of a road trip could be kind of a trap game.
So far, the Lakers have done a really good job staying mentally focused and hopefully the challenge of playing the other team right now.
The Bucks on a 15 game win streak, playing a team of that caliber.
Hopefully, that will be enough to keep them locked in.
But we'll have to see.
Uh, Mike from periscope said, Do you think Kuzma should be a starter? Uh, no.
I think, ultimately Cruz was best role right now is coming off the bench and being a kind of a microwave score.
Think that's what you need from him on this team.
I don't think bring him in as a starter makes a lot of sense, especially because if you start him, that means 88 the five, which for now I kind of like him at the four and the mismatches that we're seeing and it's keeping a little bit of the the physicality off of him.
It's it's preserving his body.
So I don't think that you start kind of Koosman right now.
Even if you're doing it to kind of, you know, boost his confidence or something like that.
I don't think you go there just yet, Adrian Del Mondo says.
I believe he will turn it around.
I agree, Adrian, I think how Cosmo will turn things around.
I think it's gonna take some time.
Monger Freeman says.
Can we get Julius Randle back? Uh, no, Probably not.
He's under contract with the Knicks, has a fairly big deal.
I'd have to look up the exact numbers on it, but, uh, look to trade for him would be really difficult.
The Lakers basically can't offer any draft picks because they've traded them all away, or the Stepien rule is preventing them from using them.
So that's gonna be one of subplots here.
Heading into the trade deadline is that the Lakers don't have any draft picks really to use to grease the wheels of a trade.
They could make a trade this summer once they've actually used that pick.
But at the trade deadline can really help them.
So that's gonna be something to keep an eye on.
And that's because the pelicans get the Lakers 20 and 21 pick, but it's protected one through eight.
But you can't trade consecutive picks.
So there's a chance that the Pelicans will get the Lakers picking 2021 if it falls one through eight.
It's like reverse protection, so because that's a possibility, that means the Lakers can't deal there.
2020 pick because you can't deal consecutive picks now once the Lakers make that pick, once they pick someone that they can go ahead and trade it like the number four pick in the draft this year, I believe, was DeAndre Hunter.
They were included to trade that after they made the pick.
That's what we would see if the Lakers want to move next year's pick, their 2020 pick.
But again, at the trade deadline this year, they won't be able to move that first round pick.
So gonna be interesting to see how they deal with that Ronald Gibson on YouTube.
What editions do you see the Lakers making? Well, I would be thinking that the Lakers were gonna be very, very active on the bio mark and players who get bought out mid season.
Okay, Andre Iguodala would certainly be the top of the list, right? If anybody's gonna get bought out, if he gets bought out, that's a name to go after.
I think otherwise they're gonna be making small moves, moves on the periphery just because it's gonna be tough for them to really match salaries.
A lot of people have been talking about trading kanako asthma, even if you believe that's the move to make.
His salary is tiny, which is great for the Lakers, but it makes it tough to use in salary matching.
So they're in a tricky predicament.
And then on top of that, you have the fact that guys like continues couple Pope, Javale McGee, Rondo.
These guys all have de facto no trade clauses because they would lose their bird rights if they're traded because they have second year player options.
Really, Technically, they're on one year deals, so that complicates things even further.
Like you can't just go trade contagious.
Caldwell Pope, If you decide if some team calls you up and says, Hey, here's a great deal we want KCP.
If he doesn't want to go there, you could just say no and that's it. Deal's done.
Deal is dead and you just upset KCP and you're just upset.
Clutch sports, who you know, is also the ER, the agency for LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
So throwing out there.
Hey, well, let's just trade these guys.
It's very, very difficult to be very tough for the Lakers to work out a trade this year.
Now Rob Colleague A has proven to be pretty resourceful.
He cleared the cap space to potentially sign Kawhi Leonard, right When people thought he couldn't.
People thought he blew it this summer.
Remember that people thought that Rob Pelinka didn't know what he was doing, didn't understand the salary cap and head painted the Lakers into a corner, and that they were now unable to sign Kawai Leonard Wrong.
He cleared the cap space anyway, he found a way around it, So Rob Pelinka is resourceful.
If there is a way to make a trade, he'll find it, but it's going to be a little difficult.
They're kind of fighting with one arm time to bind their back in that regard So that's why I would expect it to be more likely that they signed someone on the bio market.
Okay, when we see veterans start to be cut loose, guys like you adela other players that you may want to be on the lookout for.
There's a bunch around the league.
Basically, look at any bad team that has a veteran player.
They could be a potential bio candidate.
Something to look at.
Uh, Matt Driscoll, who needs more minutes and who needs less? I actually been pretty pleased with Frank Vogel, like in years past, right? We used to say, D'Angelo, Russell needs more minutes.
You've got to give this guy more minutes.
Why is he being benched in the fourth quarter? This is when he needs the experience.
Right when it was all about developing the young guys, Frank Vogel.
I feel like has done a pretty good job.
I'm not looking at anybody thinking, man, this guy's not get enough minutes.
He needs to play more.
Vogel does a great job reading game by game who's playing well, what man ships are working and then rolling with that and adjusting as the game is going he and his coaching staff has done a really great job.
I can answer that question by saying Nobody.
I'm not looking at the lakersroster thinking man.
This guy's mismanaged.
This guy shouldn't be playing as much.
I think everybody has been playing an appropriate amount of minutes.
The coaching staff has done a really good job this year, and they deserve a ton of credit for what's going on.
Uh, Matteo from YouTube, says Horton Tucker over cruise mode.
You've seen this guy for two minutes.
Come on, Matteo, you can't look.
Guys tailing Horta Tucker.
I'm excited about his upside to right, But here's the thing we do with NBA players.
With athletes in general, we tend to overrate.
Upside potential is a dangerous word.
You look at a guy who's MMA is a known factor.
We've seen enough into where you start to lose the kind of shiny new toy effect on him, Right? Where's Taylor Horn? Tucker is very much the shiny new toy.
You've only seen him for two or three minutes, and we've seen him do some good things in the G League.
Shouldn't he be helping out.
Cruz was a better player than Taylor. Horton Tucker.
Right now, I can confidently say that.
Okay? And again, that's not saying Horton Tucker can't help them down the line.
If this Lakers team was full of young players and they were rebuilding and wins and losses didn't matter because they're taking for a draft pick anyway, throw him in there, throw in Taelon Horn.
Tucker couldn't hurt you.
Might as well get him some experience, right? They're not, though.
The 21 3 every win matters every game.
Manners. They want to contend for a championship.
That's not the time to throw minutes to a young guy.
Just not if you're in a blowout win like they were the other night.
Sure, you can toss him some minutes at the end of the game, but I'm talking about major minutes that are going to impact the outcome of the game.
You're not throwing him in there.
You're just not.
It doesn't make sense.
Uh, if the little comment from YouTube If the Lakers got Burton, it would be over.
Man, He had himself a game today.
Yeah, he would be interesting.
Michael Guerrero, Lakers versus Bucks Finals thoughts.
See LeBron going to begin? Johannes is Well, it's a D out there.
The Bucks have a good team.
You get the Brook Lopez revenge factor.
The Lopez twins out there.
It would be an exciting Siri's.
We could say that I'd be a little bit scared.
That's a good team in Milwaukee, but will be a lot of fun, too.
Uh, see Dale from YouTube.
Trevor, Who do you think we should consider putting on the training block? Ah, I'm assuming you're talking about Kuzma.
He is good, but the kid is looking lost out there.
Can't create his own shots.
Mostly scores off open shots.
Well, yeah, that's what you want can cause me to do Christmas.
Not the guy that you throw the ball to on the wing and say, OK, go and create something.
Go do something.
Go create for your teammates or go create for yourself.
He can do it a little bit, but mostly calm.
Koosman is gonna get his buckets off open.
Looks on the perimeter from teams paying too much attention to LeBron or a D or on cuts cutting the basket. Being a slasher.
Those air efficient options, efficient opportunities.
And that's what you want from him.
Okay, I don't think that you want cow Kuzma creating on the perimeter if you want to trade him again.
The challenges and who knows? Maybe a team offers a lot for him.
I'm certainly not saying you don't trade him If a team comes along, says, Here's a great offer for Kyle Kuzma.
Here's a piece that could help you win a championship.
Of course you listen.
But the Lakers like Kyle Kuzma.
They held onto him in the Anthony Davis Strait, right? They didn't ship him out.
And so I think that that they are invested in him.
So I don't think it's a move that they're trying to make their not gonna go, you know, ship him out for just anything.
It would have to be a move that really put them over the top.
That's right thing.
Uh, Korea from YouTube, said, Is Rondo out tomorrow? We don't know.
He is questionable right now.
I think the Lakers will air on the side of caution with him, and if he if there is any concern, you keep him out.
I think that's where you're at with him.
I'm gonna get into it a couple more than men Call it a night here, since it is getting late and all that, uh, Nate creates, said Horton.
Tucker can shoot threes and has, like, a 75 wingspan he can defend.
Look, guys, I'm not arguing that table in Horton Tucker is doesn't have potential because he does.
He's an interesting player.
He can create fromthe wing.
Ideally, if he hits the ceiling, he is the prototypical N B a wing that you're looking for long wingspan can shoot a little bit from the perimeter, can create off the bounce.
Great things right.
But again, he's going to take time.
He's super, super young.
He's one of the youngest players in the draft.
That's given time.
That's all I'm saying.
There, we're gonna do one.
Maur Kai's on Peralta.
Is Jason Kidd leading for that, leaving for the next? I hope not.
I don't think the Knicks are great opportunity for anybody Jump into.
That's kind of a mess right now.
It's been a mess for a while now.
Maybe kid is so hell bent on becoming a head coach again.
that he jumps over there.
I would hope that he would finish things out with the Lakers because they have a chance to do something real special here really special.
And I'd have to imagine that this summer.
If the Lakers are good as we think they could be for the rest of the season.
Kid's gonna have some more offers on the market next summer and won't just have to jump the Knicks.
I don't like the name.
I think that's a scary situation to put yourself in with the next.
Given how quickly they've turned through, head coach is giving the roster that they've got given the New York media everything else you have to deal with.
I'm not a family.
If I was a coach, I would definitely be a bit concerned about taking that job.
But the same time there's only so many head coach jobs out there.
And if kid feels like this is his shot, maybe he takes it.
But again, I hope not.
All right, last one. I know.
He said this was gonna be my last one, but didn't finish up with one Maur before we get out of here and call it a day, All right? Tina Demon from Facebook says they need doubly dementia.
Kuzma. I believe that is happening.
By the way, guys. Jared Dudley.
I have seen a bunch of comments saying Wave, Dudley, trade, Dudley All these things, I get it.
He's not on the floor, so you're not seeing and make an impact.
But here's the thing.
If you watch what he does well, when you've seen him play, it's the things that Kyle Koosman as portly and I'm talking about the the defensive end Jared Dudley is doesn't have the athleticism anymore, right? He's lost a step.
There's no question right, which is to be expected.
Nothing wrong with that, not faulting Dudley for it.
But if you look at what he does, he's still a good positional defender.
He makes the right reads.
He slides his body in the right spots, and he moves appropriately to cut off opposing drives.
Kyle Kuzma does not do those things.
So yes, I do think how Cruz was gonna gonna learn things from Jared Dudley.
And that's part of the reason why I believe Kuzma is going to get better as the season goes on, he's going to pick up things from Dudley.
He's going to grow as a player because he's got that.
He's got that mental right there.
So I think that's something that's important and yeah gonna happen.
Guys, I still have faith in Cal Kuzma.
Hopefully you guys, too.
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