Welcome into the Lakers Nation Postgame show A little bit different because Jackson actually here.
Different show for the Lakers.
Just picked up a huge win over the Houston Rockets.
Final score 1 24 2115 on the road.
Lakers get it done.
No es de no Raj on Ron.
Oh, they still managed to pull it off blown away by their defense.
We're gonna talk all about it if you're joining us from YouTube.
Welcome in Appreciate you guys joining us.
We're gonna be taking your questions and comments as well.
I can't wait to dive into it.
Just nice win for the Lakers, huh? Yeah.
You know what? We're talking about it during the game, too.
I think the credit goes to Frank Vogel with it with the game plan that they devise and basically running and jumping James Harden.
Every time you cross Centre Court and double teaming the Rockets loss, especially in the second half, the Lakers really took control of the pace of the game.
They weren't getting as many easy buckets.
Western Westbrook was killing him the first half.
He had 22 points there kind of just running the ball up and down.
And in the second half, when the Lakers started taking that away, you could see that Houston almost like a bunch of deer in the headlights. I don't know how to handle it.
Yeah, they definitely did anyone early in the game.
Houston was getting out there running a town, and that was certainly frustrating from the Lakers perspective.
They were getting a lot of easy buckets, so that was a problem.
But then, as the game went on, we saw Frank Vogel.
As always, he seemed to come up with a game plan to fix that.
He came up with a remedy and and it worked.
And you know what? We got to get into some of these stats here like the Lakers players.
They stepped up, and it's not just on offense.
We'll get into the defense's well, but But I mean, look, our guy, Kyle Kuzma, the guy that some people want to trade all the time.
Some people don't.
It's back and forth.
It's a seesaw, but 23 points.
Eight boards for Koosman, eight of 16 shooting, LeBron 31 5 and 12.
They stepped up then you've got a big performance from Danny Green, who people have been thrilled with 20 points from him.
Five boards, four of nine from deep on.
And then, of course, our guy KCP our favorite.
Hey, retraction anymore.
Just like pretty **** good.
Yeah, that's right.
The early days of the season are going.
Pacey, 20 points on seven of 14 shooting had some big, big moments.
I was cool, seeing all of these guys step up in what was a big game.
This was a game that had nationalized on it because the Rockets are considered to be a contender.
Well, here's my thing, Trevor.
And when I'm looking at it, I'm so impressed with how the Lakers have played without Anthony Davis.
I mean, we'll get William A, you know, a pass for the performance against Orlando.
They were kind of due for a bad game against, Ah, some 500 team.
They've been they've been undefeated until then. Find it happens.
But to me, in the n b A.
And we've seen this for years now it's illegal stars, right? I mean, if you if you have, you have two best players in the court, three best players on the court.
Chances are you're going, you're going to win and the Lakers now.
And I think this is credit to LeBron.
This credit to Frank Vogel and its credit toe to all the guys who are after thoughts.
I mean, let's be honest, Who do you look at on this team and think that they're going to compete with the Houston Rockets in a game without Anthony Davis? And if you're looking at this team last season, remember, they had that one pleasant surprise where LeBron was hurt.
We're talking about that.
Two were long, right? Alonzo got hurt last year where they kind of stuck with him.
But, I mean, you're looking at how many These guys stepped up.
They got four guys with over 20 points.
Obviously, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma.
You have, Ah, Danny Green and KCP and and just the way everybody's buying into it, the more I watch his team, the more I'm starting to feel like these guys are not just a championship contender.
There are, like one of the top two championship contenders.
I think Milwaukee's the other team in the east that you have to look at and say they can compete with these guys because with a D in the lineup, the way this team is gelatin and is rolling in the way that chemistry is getting going, they're gonna be a scary outcome.
Time for the players.
So you understand if you're saying it's the Lakers and the Bucks, your mate, you're you are therefore saying the Lakers are better than the Clippers.
I am saying that, all right, I am saying that right? I'll go on the record and say that even though they've lost twice to him even though they lost, I still I still think that I mean again in a seven game series.
I think it's gonna come down to bench scoring and I would take LeBron in 80 over Paul George and quite 100 any day and that's because I take 80 over over over PG But if you're looking at the bench, if these guys complain to this level and again, we've talked about this a lot during the season.
You're not looking at the Lakers team and saying, I mean, we were hoping we're all hoping Call Koosman does is consistently as 1/3 option, but we were saying they just need one of those other guys to step up offensively every night.
It doesn't have to be the same guy every night.
And you, you look at what Troy Daniels has done as of late.
You know what I mean? You only have three points today, but he's coming in and giving a minute.
And I think that's something that the Lakers need in terms of having options.
Which Frank Vogel has done a good job of running the rotation.
I don't think Troy Daniels is that great of an option tonight.
No, I don't want to get three points.
Get run, though.
That shot that he took Yeah.
Yeah, that was Ridic food up, man.
Told you lot to Caruso.
Captain America is a basket all alone.
Nobody is near him.
And Troy Daniels Jackson A contested three.
That was That was That was a bit much, but But you're right.
That your point.
It is great that Troy Daniels has certainly been better.
I even saw some good play, but Quinn Cook only played five minutes, but we did see him hit a couple of pull up jumpers.
That was what we were hoping to see out of him.
We saw more of a team performance tonight, and I think we'd be roommates if we didn't mention the bigs.
They had such a big impact on this one. Joe White.
Make Howard really right Way had from the JaVale side of that.
You had eight boards, nine points, three big blocks.
He was a major factor there in the middle three or four shooting.
Where's Dwight? Played 25 minutes against his old team.
He was getting booed out of the building, but still it put up a solid performance.
10 boards, three blocks, six points, two assists, two steals.
Doing some good things for the team.
They're the two bigs I thought were a major factor in this game.
Well, I think that and again, we talked about this a little bit off the top is when you're looking at at the game plan and this is kind of different, right, isn't it? I mean, compared to what we've seen for mother and brother, eh? NBA teams, especially over the last 56 years, where the Lakers are saying we're gonna roll with two bigs and we're gonna make you guys try and beat us and get to the rim, and that's what they were doing say they were.
They were rarely even helping off.
And that's why the rocket struggle from the three point line.
Did you mention that during the game they weren't coming in and trying to come in hard and try and take away that the drive there like cool If you're gonna go ahead and try and shoot over.
Javale McGee, Dwight, Dwight Howard Whoever's down there.
Good luck to you were sticking on guys like PJ took a P J.
We're gonna stick with him in the corner and take away the three point shots, and I think again, I mean, you look at that.
We're talking about this before, too.
You got Russell Westbrook and James Harden combining for 11 turnovers, and they just look so uncomfortable in the second half.
And the Laker just killed him on pace because and the way the Lakers were pushing the ball in the second half, that was a result of the of The Rockets are uncomfortable.
Yeah, absolutely, that was.
And that's again, credit to Frank Vogel.
Credit to his coaching staff.
Credit to all of them for devising this game plan.
I mean, look, we've talked about this before.
We talked about the Lakers over helping on the defensive end.
They're so eager to be that help defender.
That's a good thing.
I think it says they want to help each other.
Other teammates out.
They wanted, they want to be each other's back up, and that's fine.
But we've seen situations where you have two and three guys diving into the paint.
Thio stop driving, giving him open threes.
They cut that out in the second half and it made all the difference, didn't it? Because, like you said, now you've got the offensive player whether it's hardened Westbrook, whoever having shoot over JaVale having to shoot over Dwight, I'll take that, even if it's one on one rather than hurt.
And getting into the paint and kicking out to P. J.
Tucker, uh, kicking up to Macklemore or whoever.
Yeah, you know why? Well, another factor in this game, too.
Let's talk. But we saw a lot of comments.
The referees were terrible, terrible today to out of some phantom on both seen.
It was a weird game.
It wasn't weird game.
But, I mean, the way the Lakers like Like you mentioned.
And I thought the fact that they were able to play that defensive scheme and almost control everything that was happening in the second half I mean, you're looking at gonna look it up now, but I mean, you look at the second half.
The Lakers outscored them 65 to 40 you know what I mean? I mean that to me or 65 50 Part of me is his domination, right? They tightened up on the defensive end, and like you're mentioning, I think the way they were taken away the Houston strength, which is the drive and dish in the Let him hard and try and score for you and and and And, you know, we're gonna how part? And even to get to the free throw line and they're gonna get a bunch of easy shots.
The Lakers just said we're gonna take away your best thing and let's see what we could do to beat us.
And you look at a guy like Russell Westbrook where it's like you're at the point where, like, dude, if you're gonna score 30 and hardens gonna score uncomfortable.
25. We'll take that all day.
I mean, look, at the end of the day.
You had, well, hardened.
Finished with 30 with 34 right? But but eight of 20 shooting, right? He did get the free throw line 18 times.
That's a very James Harden thing to do.
That's how he got it. Most of his points.
Westbrook, Westbrook and Harden went off with the Lakers.
Make sure that nobody else really could looking across the stat sheet right now other than Air Jordan.
Yeah, No one other than Hardin or more Westbrook and hard didn't even shoot that.
Well, okay, Shot.
Well for the Rockets. P. J. Tucker.
Clint Capela for a big man. A center.
That's awful for a guy who's shooting from one foot one foot away from the basket.
Macklemore three of seven, right? That's okay.
House three of 95 14 from Gordon.
The Lakers shut down.
They said James Harden, Go get yours.
Westbrook, get yours.
But you two alone are not gonna be enough to beat us.
We're gonna make sure this isn't a team effort that was brilliant on the part of the Lakers.
Most teams don't do that.
Most teams think, How do we stop hardened? How do we stop Westbrook? See, I I think that I'm gonna take a step further and again.
I mean, it will wait to see what Frank Vogel says after the game in terms of his comments in his breakdown of it.
But, I mean, I think they were looking at and saying, We're gonna make hard and really uncomfortable about double teaming in.
We're gonna take away his his option to come over half court and go right away.
And they were saying, Hey, Russell Westbrook, 15 or 23.
A lot of those were easy buckets in the 1st 22 in the first half, and he was able to get to the rim, gets an easy buckets, and they were like, Cool, dude, go ahead and do that.
Nobody else is. Nobody else is gonna beat us.
And like you mentioned and I felt that you know what this is might be a blueprint that other teams use.
Going forward now is run and jump.
As soon as he comes over center and get the ball out of his hands of Russell.
Westbrook wants to take 23 shots and they're gonna put up 30.
Go ahead and let's let's see what you guys can do, because we're not gonna let P.
Tucker Eric Gordon scored 18 20 beat us.
It's you two against the world.
And as much as Westbrook and Harden probably like that because they're both Chuck, I think you know that this is the right game plan that the Lakers made him feel real uncomfortable.
No, I think you're right.
And maybe I misspoke there.
I don't think they were stopping James or they weren't like, not trying to stop James Harden.
That double team said they were when he was getting into the paint.
They weren't over helping yanking out there, saying Okay, if he gets into the paint, it gets into the paint will do.
We can't stop it.
But once he gets there, we're not gonna send extra.
Defenders were gonna let Dwight to deal with it.
We're gonna let you, they'll deal with it.
Guys, let's time into some of your comments.
You have all kinds of good ones flying and a lot of people excited, of course, absolutely.
Should be excited.
I'm seeing a lot of comments saying No trade, Don't trade anyone.
Last game, when they lost to the Orlando Magic, it was trade everybody.
Oh, get him out of here.
What can we get for Kuzma? So, yes, it is a little bit of a roller coaster, but do you think they still need to be active on the trade market? Um, again, I think nobody on the team is untouchable.
Other than Anthony Davis and LeBron James, if you're looking at trying to turn to build up the end of the end of your bench or get another playmaker in there, if you do have to sacrifice a Quinn cook or a Troy Daniels or Rajon Rondo, if you want to do that for yeah, absolutely.
You said, let's be really not gonna let them treat.
You know? I know he's going through it, you know what fit and then, you know, banging on the window.
Yeah, well, he's not going anywhere, but, um, you know, I don't think that I think there's ways to upgrade the team right now, but as well as they're playing No, I don't think you want to mess with it again.
If you can get a guy who could step up a little bit more consistently than Kuzma, I'm not gonna give him the benefit of those.
For the last 56 games.
He's been better, but he's got to do this game in and game out.
But again, if you're gonna sacrifice a Quinn cook like I said, Ah, Troy Daniels, one of those guys were late, back into the bench and you could get in a daring Collinson.
You're call us in part of me.
You're trying to get rid of these guys.
Why wouldn't you? Yeah, that's true.
I mean, look, and we've been saying it for a while.
Now, if there's an option out there, you have to explore it.
You have to leave no stone unturned because not so much that way say, this Lakers team needs to get better.
They can win a championship as, but you can give yourself a better shot.
And here's the thing.
The Clippers are not going to stand pat right? The Bucks, they're not going to the Nuggets, the Rockets right? All of these teams are going to do everything they can.
Even the Mavs, they're gonna be out there searching for windup.
These teams are going to everything they came in order to improve.
And so the Lakers have to do the same.
They can't just say, Oh, we're golden, We don't have to do anything and I don't think they are.
I think they're going to be active and that's why this continues to be a discussion topic.
That's not saying these guys aren't playing well.
That's not saying they don't have chemistry, is not saying that we don't think they can win as is, But you have to be proactive when you know everybody's gunning for you and that it's a good feeling.
But that's the situation.
The Lakers rain right now.
Yeah, I I agree with you.
I mean, you look at the standings right now, they're sitting at 34 8 so obviously again, we're talking about Team that's 34 8 and it's already cemented itself as a championship contender.
But then when you're looking at it like okay, are you gonna trust that you're gonna be able to get 15 to 20 points off KCP And in a playoff game two or three times in a series.
I can you trust that you're gonna be able to get that from, Ah, 20 point game from Kyle Cruise on more than two or three times in a seven game series, and I think that's where the difference comes.
And I still do think that the one place that they need help on his bench scoring on a consistent basis.
So again, if you're not messing too much with the lineup, as isn't the roster rises and you're getting one.
Those bio guys are the Are the free agents like like Collison or something coming in? I think that'll make all the difference in the world.
Question coming in here from from, YouTube said.
Do we consider Kyle Kuzma to be inconsistent? At this point? I think I'd have to say yes, yes, yeah, It's an easy answer, absolutely been wildly inconsistent.
I mean, he's He's been good for stretches, terrible for stretches and back to being good again.
He's got to do this consistently.
If the Lakers wantto at least you know, guarantee themselves a shot at the Western France final.
I think of coups, mobs playing the way he did tonight.
And with the confidence you played with tonight, there's no way that this team isn't at least in the conference finals at the end of it would be better for you.
Yeah, Look, if you get this kind of performance from Kyle Kuzma on a nightly basis, then we're having totally different discussion about whether or not you trade him.
The problem isn't like you and I were saying right after they came for, we went on air.
I said, Look, this is great.
Maya had a great game, But what? Next game? He's gonna have four points, right? That's that's been the issue he hasn't been able to string together, stay a stretch of 5 10 cell mate games of, say, 15 plus points.
If he does that, then I think all of the conversation about trading Kyle Kuzma disappears.
Yeah, I'm doing that.
I mean, if you and we've been all looking for this consistently and again, we said this on the show many times.
I know a lot of people watching and comment on it.
We're looking for clues to be able to do this.
We were saying he's the third guy and So we give him the benefit of the doubt.
The first time you had the injury, the benefit of the doubt, the second time and he had the injury.
Now I mean, I think we all held their breath or when he went to the tunnel with with the tweet angle there and he's back now.
But I mean, for us, it's like, OK, we understand you're not gonna play this every night.
You're not LeBron James.
You're not Anthony Davis.
You're not gonna score 25 a night.
But if you're able to score 18 20 points every three out of every 67 games, you're doing your job.
And I think that makes a big difference for the Lakers going forward.
OK, I agree with that.
We've got a question from YouTube, said Trevor and Chris will.
This actually isn't Chris Masters.
They make it kind of looks like you put people in a master locker.
I don't know that eso Chris Masters.
Actually, he's in Germany going, Hey, Chris, he's in Germany.
I'm sure he's gonna be We're gonna be watching this and he probably had someone in a master luck right now, but this question comes in says as well.
Who are you putting your money on for? Connor McGregor or Cowboy Donald Sarona? Obviously, we were talking Lakers basketball here, but quick thought, who wins it? I think McGregor wins second or third round to tea Kale.
I think Cowboy Cerrone is a good fighter, not great.
And I mean again, I'm on the thing that McGregor is a great showman and a very good fighter, not a great fighter. I think he fights.
Could be gets killed again.
But I'll take on tonight.
What about you? Yeah, I'm with you on that look.
Cerone is a great, great fight.
So I love that he's willing to fight anybody. Anytime.
I feel like he's starting to get on that downward slope, that would worry about his chanting, if you know if he takes a strong shot from Aggregor.
I think he's going down.
We'll see, though.
Look, I wouldn't be wouldn't be surprised thinks I think some of the people watching as well as me or getting concerned that your again on the downside, your career too.
But we'll say that you say there's a There's No, I am already Well, on the downside.
I got up this morning and my daughter asked me as meteo pick her up and I said, Oh, you're gonna need to give me a few minutes.
I need to stretch that.
That's that's my own.
You were getting up when I was going to sleep so that it's all downhill.
You wanna dress that somebody saying That's jazz.
The Clippers fan? Yeah, sure. I mean again.
He has one addresses.
I went to a game.
My younger cousins were in town. They want to go to basketball game.
I took him to a Clippers game.
By the way, we don't have the paper that we're gonna get to get four tickets to the Lakers game, either for that too.
So let Jeanie Buss for charging too much explaining Waken Say you win is a spy, right? To try to scout for the fort will take that right.
Um, we're getting some great comments here, but Karsten Sorry.
Goodbye. Kind of quick here, Kirsten said.
Does Alex Caruso need to take off his headband? Get a rough outing against Westbrook.
Tonight is the headband.
The problem know What? Yeah, let's break the athleticism, the problem.
But, you know, we were talking about this during the game, too.
And it's where a lot of people that you were saying, you know, I was thinking maybe we give Caruso too much credit, I think.
I think sometimes we got caught up in looking at just basically the numbers and what you look at, the little things Caruso does.
And you mentioned you know, the block today and and get a note and just being in the right spot in terms of being the passing lane and knowing, knowing exactly the spot to be on the defensive side of things, you can't teach that kind of stuff to a lot of players.
So what he brings is, Hey, I'm cool being the fifth option on offense, I'll come out there, do my job defensively.
You guys do your thing, and if I can chip in with a bucket here and there, I'm good and every team, including championship teams, need those kind of guys. Yeah, absolutely.
So look, maybe once every what 10 games, so go for, like, 15 or something like that.
But that's not what he does, he's he has.
It's like Alex Caruso.
Last season, he was all about Hey was all about running the offense, and he was a good shooter from three and doing those things this season.
It's like he recognized that if I'm gonna get minutes with Vogel, I'm gonna do it through defense, and to his credit, he has committed himself to it, and he's been playing good defense.
Look yet. Westbrook torched him tonight.
But Westbrook, he's not even human, right, like he is an athletic freak.
And so that's not That's not on Caruso, necessarily.
He's gonna make the right play most of the time on the defensive end of the floor, and that's where he's provided a lot of value.
If you look at the stat sheet tonight, you see that Caruso.
He was O of five and that's the kind of thing that stands out to us.
You look at the simple box score, you look at how many points they scored and we're still kind of conditioned to think along those lines and I think that that system in particular there's a really poor job of figuring out just how valuable Alex Crusoe days does because most are, is because most of things that he does don't show up on a standard statue.
Yeah, that's what you're saying.
You know, I know this is not a be all end all staff, but you look at his plus minus.
It's always one of the highest on the Lakers.
It's because when he's out there, the team is outscoring the opponents, and whether he's chipping in on that offensively or not, you can't You can't mess with the fact that his defensive rating is great.
You can't mess with the fact that his net rating in terms of being on the court, 400 possessions, whether it's offense or defense, he's doing his job, and I think that's where people forget to look at it.
You can't have all superstars and no wannabes, and I think Alex Russo does a good job of being like a cool.
I don't need to be a superstar.
I think the way you look at the way he plays, he's doesn't take for advantage using an MBA player, look at where he came from and he's out there.
Just do whatever you need me to do until the next LeBron James Davis.
All you guys need to do is try harder on defense.
Maybe it's, um, open threes.
Once in a while, he's living a good life.
This dude is undrafted with thinning hair from clawed his way up through the Jilly.
He's going, Look where I am right now and he's doing whatever it takes to win.
And that's a credit to him.
He's been phenomenal, So I'm not gonna I'm not gonna be upset with him.
Even if Westbrook did have a nice night, that's that's fine with me.
Like Caruso's had a great season and I've enjoyed watching play on what he's done since I've been in some of the questions that are going here going on here.
Somebody's mentioning that you need to go blonde.
I tried that when I was 16.
You don't want Thio now.
Yeah, you don't want to see that.
Looks like a broke broke Chief Brown version of Slim Shady.
You're gonna copy Cal Koosman there? No, no, no, thank you.
I'm past that now.
70 mentioning that Look, the Lakers just want this to come in from YouTube.
The Lakers just want in Houston there's no reason to complain about anything.
I mean, no, we we've said this time, time and time again, right? When? When fans.
When Both of us.
When it's Chris, when we're complaining on something, it's not so much that we're worried about the game in front of us.
It's the future, right, knowing where this team can go, that we're that we're looking at.
Yes, in this game, everything was great.
And if every game played out just like this, we would say Okay, no good. No worries.
The Lakers are good, and so when we talk trade and things like that, it's because we know that they may need some more firepower in the future, even though this was a great game.
But we can certainly celebrate.
It's funny, the commenters.
We appreciate your watch and you got something saw All you guys, somebody guys will say, you know, after a win, No, you're complaining then after loss and you guys are inflating too.
So we're looking at it.
You know what? The losses in that big of a deal I win at this point at this point against a team like Houston is a statement win.
It's not a big deal in terms of where we know that where this team wants to be in April, May June.
But, I mean, you know, you look at this and again winning in Houston and and to me it's just been impressive beating teams without Anthony Davis and the way they've been doing it.
I think that, you know, this is a testament to the coaching staff.
It's a testament to LeBron James and his leadership in the level he's been playing at and as a testament to every guy on that team, not really looking at it and saying this might be my moment to step up and start scoring 20 point tonight and shooting the ball for, you know, 20 times a night except for maybe Koosman.
You know what I mean? But he has to, because that is the default second option.
And so for me, I'm looking at this Lakers team and I'm like, I do agree with some of the Testament that don't don't are the sentiment part of me that don't, you know, make look at making a trade and mess with this too much right now because the way these guys are playing and how they've come together with.
Can you imagine? Like, Do you think that I'm just throwing a good team out there? The Clippers, They were playing without Paul George for this stretch or are quite lender for the stretch.
How would they do against this kind of competition? I don't think they're doing as well as the Lakers.
Yeah, you know, they're not that good.
And so, to me, it's a testament to the guy's the back and guys on the roster just coming out and saying, You know, we're just gonna come out in ball and we're gonna do this.
And and to me, it's been that impressive that they're sustaining a 45 game lead it without Anthony Davis in the lineup.
It's that next man up mentality.
It's that, you know the mantra from Day one from back in training camp was be a star in your role, not so much that everybody has to be a superstar because there's two superstars on this team.
If you count Alex Cruz, yeah, but to start superstars on this team and everybody else knows exactly what they need to do.
And that's been the brilliance of the Lakers so far this season.
We've got a few questions coming in from YouTube saying, When is Anthony Davis coming back? So we know that he was questionable, the plates a day, which means the Lakers were considering throwing him out there.
But ultimately, you know, Frank Vogel said after practice believes yesterday.
He said that they were gonna put back out there until he's 100% and he didn't care about what happened in the games, whether it was whether they went on a losing streak, Whether they're winning, it does not matter what matters is Anthony Davis 100% and that I love it, guys, I love that take from Frank Vogel that exactly what it should be.
There is zero reason, especially with the Lakers playing this well to rush Anthony Davis back.
The last thing you want is him going out there sore or slightly injured and then his body moving a little bit differently because that's inviting.
Maybe not re injury, but a different injury coming in.
So right now the Lakers are playing it safe and that's exactly what they should be doing with A T and you guys are people who are age. No, man.
I mean, you hurt.
You hurt one thing and you're overcompensating and hurt the other new years, something like that.
So for me again, you're going to the All Star break coming up next month and you're gonna get some time off away then right now, The best thing for a guy like a D who I don't want to say is injury prone but does have a tendency to get knocked up.
I think a part of that is because of how hard he plays.
In the meantime, he does hit the deck in his size.
So I think the right thing is again.
Make sure he's healthy, make sure he's fully ready to go come time for playoff time. And that's the important thing.
Because, as we're mentioning, this team can go 70 and 12 and if they don't win a championship, nobody's in the camp.
Yeah, yeah, exactly.
Exactly. That's that.
Nobody's gonna remember this stuff if they end up going in winning a championship.
Somebody mentioned that Alex Caruso is the only guy that I will not bash.
I've had some negative takes on Caruso before.
If he hasn't played well, But I think basically what you're getting out of him has been has been solid.
Like like who would have thought that Caruso coming up from the G lead, would be doing this this season? I mean, statistically, he has been, and I just used this on a piece for Lakers Nation.
He is the best defensive reading on the entire team.
Yeah, I mean, that's and he actually has a very, actually, is the best net reading.
I'm not saying that says he's the best player, but he's making a difference there on the court.
I guess it's my job and your job and that job of ****ysts to explain why that's happening well in here.
Here's the thing.
You look at the numbers.
Cal Kuzma has better numbers overall than when you look at Alex Russo in terms of stats, but who's been the more consistent player this year? I think that's where we got caught up.
Sometimes we're gonna look at who's scoring, who's getting rebounds.
It's okay Caruso might give you for two and two.
But you know you're not accounting for the fact that how many points you took away from the other team by being in the right position defensively by by getting a tip that leads to a steel.
So I think he doesn't get credit for a lot of little things.
Nobody's saying he's a superstar.
Nobody's saying he's gonna He's gonna you know, we should be playing 35 minutes a night note for his role and his expectations.
He's actually been won the most consistent Lakers.
Yeah, yep, agreed.
Somebody is mentioning, and I missed this quote.
So So we didn't hear it live, but somebody dragons, fear from YouTube said.
Did you guys hear the guy? He said, The old guy and ESPN That might be.
I'm assuming, probably Jeff Van Gundy say that that we are the last year's last year's Lakers without Anthony Davis.
So if you take Anthony Davis off of this year's Lakers and you just have the team as is, is that equal to what we saw from last year's Lakers? Do you think those two teams are comparable? Hell, no.
This year's team is way better.
You don't agree with that.
I don't think that whoever said that, we're assuming it's Jeff Van Gundy.
I'm guessing way saw told them he could be talking about one of us.
Wait, go, go! Jeff Van Gundy.
And that's that.
But no, I mean, this team is way more consistent.
This team is better.
Way better defensively.
Yes, Andi Overall. Better shooting team.
So, to me No, I don't think it's even comparable how these two teams would be.
I think the difference is this.
When you look at the Lakers team from last year and you think, OK, loans a ball.
Brandon Ingram, You've got the players like that.
Plus, you've got got LeBron coming in with Cruz's mo with Josh Heart.
Once you've got it, you've got a lot of potential, right? You've got a lot of guys who look in a vacuum.
Brandon Ingram is going to be better than anyone not named LeBron or Anthony Davis on this year's Lakers team.
Right? That's that's just the way they just in terms of upsides.
Brandon Ingram has the potential to be an All Star.
I don't think anybody else not named LeBron and he has all star potential on this team except for Alex Caruso, with the fan vote on saving with ones of all those guys have the upside.
So you're looking you say OK, that teams got more talent, but look at what this team is doing.
The veterans that they have.
This is a team that knows how to win.
So if you want to say the last year's Lakers air better, you can say maybe they're more talented.
But in terms of actually getting a win, this year's team has the veterans that know how to do it.
So I look, I have to say this year seems better.
I don't think I think that's even a question.
I mean, you look at how they played with Anthony Davis and almost every game they played without him.
You look at it last season, okay, you know what? LeBron got hurt on Christmas, so that did throw everything for a loop.
So I think this year's team in the West without a D is probably a still a top five scene.
I wouldn't I don't think that's a stretch by saying that Top five.
I think last year you were looking at a 78 seat with the team that has constructed an awfully healthy Yeah, yep, I agree.
Agree with you. There is.
Some people are mentioning some guys that they can sign.
People are happy about Brandon, England.
I'm happy about brains.
I'm glad that he's performing well.
A lot of people are saying, Oh, we're still getting that.
Laker should've kept Brandon Ingram over Kuzma.
They did not have the option than they did.
In fact, we had confirmation on that recently.
I want to see his Bobby Marks from ESPN confirmed that the Lakers that it was the Pelicans were set on getting Ingram.
They did not have the choice.
It wasn't like the Lakers said, Okay, I'll keep Cosmo, but you can take B I.
That's not how it went down guys.
And I know and it's somebody else's mentioned.
The coaching matters.
Yeah, look, the coaching this season compared to last season, that's a huge difference.
Well, you look at the staff.
I mean, look, look at this.
Your staff. You obviously have Frank Vogel leading in the charges.
He's had a couple stints before A Zenda and coach Jason Kidd say about him What you want.
You know, I did have one good year.
I feel like with very season with Brooklyn one halfway good year with with Malaki had a lot of problems with him, too.
But he's on the bench and he's obviously a femur.
You've got Lionel Hollins and sitting on the bench.
These guys are all proven quality, eh? NBA head coaches.
So to me, I think the way Frank Vogel's done it as well now and you read that piece by Kevin Ornaments on ESPN about how Frank Vogel basically won over the Lakers.
Everything is team centric, so he's getting voices from different people different.
The ****ytics department, the scouting department.
Everybody's helping out with it.
So I think they're taking this as a team as a whole, not just one guy calling all the shots, which I feel like Magic Johnson did a bad job of last season that he was basically running with an iron fist, running it like it wasn't eighties, which is It's my show, and I do what I want.
Everybody's gonna go with my vision, whereas I think this year you got a more inclusive not only team like in terms of the guys on the roster on the coach, but organization as a whole.
Yeah, I agree 100%.
It's been just a better fit over.
All right, guys, We're getting a ton of comments coming in.
We're gonna take one more and then we'll call it an evening here.
Okay, here we go.
Jabbari, Wilson say from Facebook's A Trevor and Jazz.
What's your prediction on what the Lakers will do prior to or at the trade deadline? But I think they do.
I honestly will think my legitimate opinion.
I think there's maybe a 30% chance you see a shakeup in terms of, you know, a cooze.
Ma are somebody was a big rotational player ago.
I think it's more likely he might see an end of the bench guy like a Quinn cook or something that they're like, Cool.
We can sell off and pay some track kicks and money with them, and you take a second round pick over just so somebody takes them off.
I think you're looking at Darren Collison or Andre Badulla on the cheap.
What about you? Yeah, I'm there.
I think it's a much more likely chance that they grab someone off the bio market rather than trade.
I think they're gonna explore trade avenues and see what comes up.
If something falls into her lap, they'll go for it, but most likely they're gonna They're gonna look at the bio market in order to improve the team.
I think that's that's the much more likely thing.
So once the trade deadline hits, that's when all the bio stuff's gonna start to shake loose a few days after the trade deadline.
And so again, that's coming up February 6th.
It's possible that they do make a move at the Death Knights possible that pulling can find something.
So it's something thio T o My dad, my dad just timed and said said, Wish the best for Luke.
But don't miss him.
We talked about that, Mr Lane.
Yes, we're not way heads a little blood last season, so I'm good.
Good to see you that we still work.
We're doing it gently this year, but I lost your last season.
It's a kinder, gentler season because the Lakers are low stress, but it's much better.
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Somebody beat me to it.
All right, guys, we'll finish with that.
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