What up, Laker fans? Welcome to the Laker Central podcast.
I'm your host, Alex.
Try to give you guys some news and updates as it relates to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fresh out of All Star break, The Lakers don't play again until Friday, and on Friday they play.
I should have known this time my head.
They played the Grizzlies back at Staples.
It'll be a fun game.
And then on Sunday, we've got the Celtics at Staples.
Um, but we're fresh at All Star break, and not a whole lot has happened.
The Lakers have not added anybody through their team.
Uh, I'm sure many of you are unhappy about that, but I am sure you You found out that Reggie Jackson you gotta buy out from the Detroit Pistons.
He opted to go with the Clippers.
And so as these things go, Lakers Twitter got upset that another alleged target went to the Clippers or another team.
Um, so a couple things.
Ah, I had mentioned Reggie Jackson as a possible buyout candidate.
I didn't know if the Pistons would Ah, but he got bought out, and I think there's some you know he would have added some valuable scoring to a Lakers bench that could certainly use it, but I don't know if the Lakers even really ever talked to him.
I don't know if they talked to his agent.
Ah, and if you did not know, his agent is Aaron Mints.
So to put what happened with Reggie Jackson into perspective, Ah, Aaron Mintz was, Where is the agent of Paul George? He is also the agent of D'Angelo Russell, who the Lakers trade it to Brooklyn.
And he is the agent of Julius Randle, who the Lakers ultimately let go a couple of years ago rather than extend his contract or even trade him and he ended up to New Orleans.
And then now he's in New York.
But you know, But from what we understand, since all of those things, particularly the D'Angelo Russell trade to Brooklyn Ah, for whatever reason, there's been some friction between Aaron Ments and the Lakers.
We don't know if it's with specific people within the front office.
We don't know it just with the organization in general.
Ah, I suspect it has something to do with the Angelo being traded number one.
Um when Paul George initially mentioned when news kind of got out that he wanted to get out of Indiana.
It was kind of Ah ah, worst kept secret that he wanted to join the Lakers.
At that point, everybody knew he wanted to be a Laker.
What scene that seemed to have transpired since then is that when the Lakers were thinking about trading for him from, you know, with Indiana, I believe Aaron Mints did not want D'Angelo to be involved in that trade or even Julius.
And as you already know, the Lakers did not not trade for, Ah, Paul George.
He ends up in Oklahoma City.
But when the Lakers traded D'Angelo to Brooklyn, Magic Johnson basically Ah, kicked him out, you know, kicked him out in the cold, so to speak, and said things about his majority and all these things.
And I've long said, um, about D'Angelo or any other young player in N B A.
D'Angelo's 19 when he got to the Lakers 19 years old, you signed a contract that pays you somewhere around $4567 million annually.
Yeah, you have endor*****ts, but again, you're 19 years old and so I've never liked this idea that, you know, a guy's too immature.
He is 19 years old, like I was super immature in 19.
I was immature after 19.
So was probably Magic Johnson and every other player that comes in MBA at a young age or any other.
Whatever profession you're in, you were just immature.
So I never liked that stuff, that he was too immature.
Magic kicked him on the wealth door.
So I don't know if they were so much of an issue with him being traded to Brooklyn.
Because, you know, if you're an agent, you probably want your your player in a big market.
And he got to New York and he, you know, became an All Star.
Then that's a really good Ah, but I think it's some of the things that Magic said about the Angelo in the aftermath of the train that may have fractured, um, the Lakers relationship with with a romance.
And then, since then, uh, you had Paul George ending up with the Clippers, and so he sent out all these different stories about he wasn't a Laker.
Fame's a Kobe fan, but then he wanted to play.
But Clippers? He's You know, in my mind, he hasn't been honest the whole ride.
I think he will.
A Kobe fan, I think, by default.
If you grew up in anywhere in California, particularly Southern California, you're probably rooting for the Lakers.
And so, but Baldur is neither here nor there.
I bring all this up to say that with Reggie Jackson being repped by Aaron Man's and apparently he's really good friends of Paul George.
The writing was on the wall for him to end up with the Clippers if he decided to seek a buyout from the Pistons.
It just didn't make sense for him to be a Laker.
He adds A very nice scoring punches, I said at the top of the podcast for the Lakers, but we look at the Clippers, you know, they are very deep team.
They were deep before they add it.
Jackson there deep after they added Jackson.
But for Laker, fans were upset that the Lakers did not go after Reggie.
I don't say this.
We could have used him, no doubt.
Ah, but when you look at the Clippers, you know you've got a guard rotation of Pat Bev, you've got Lou will.
You got Paul? George, You've got Ah, now Reggie Jackson got Landry. Sham it.
There's a lot going on with their guard rotation.
And so they are deep team, and I don't think he's gonna play a lot, maybe 10 minutes a game, and I'm I'm sure it will depend on playoff matchups.
But every minute that Reggie Jackson takes away or every minute Reggie Jackson's on the court, those air minutes and potentially shots that Paul George and Lou Williams aren't taking.
So I'll take that any day of the week.
Um, but also, you know, it's it's fair to remember, and this is big guys, and I I try to stress this on my normal podcast.
Make sure you subscribe own apple stitcher.
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Um, chemistry matters.
And if you recall some of those LeBron James LeBron James teams in Cleveland, you know they would often make wholesale changes at the trade deadline to bring in 234 new guys, um, LeBron and was so good that he would always get those guys that finals is.
Sometimes they won, but the team's chemistry, um, could be challenging, and we know despite what some people will say or deny.
We know the Clippers locker room has had some issues, and and Monterey's himself spoke to that a month or so ago.
So we know there are some issues.
Um, we also know that Paul George injured his hamstring for the third time this season.
And if you remember a few years ago when Houston was up ah, on Golden State and Paul George, I'm sorry.
Chris Paul was battling hamstring issues and ended up knocking, knocking him out of Game seven.
Houston ends up losing Game seven.
Hamstring injuries are nagging, and that's probably why Paul George is now injured.
His hamstring three straight.
You know, three times this season, they're not easy to overcome, particularly when you've got to get back and play on him on a bad hamstring.
So, um, adding, Reggie just tells me that that there are more issues of Paul George is hamstring than the Clippers are are saying, Um, But when you look at the Lakers, a lot of the Lakers guard rotation issues can be solved by playing Caruso more, playing Rondo a bit less in the playoffs.
The rotation will shrink.
Um, what some of these role players roles will be in the playoffs remains to be seen, but it's no time to overreact.
And back to the chemistry thing.
Rob is not going to shake up the Lakers chemistry for a player that doesn't move the needle.
It does not matter how much I think, said player or you think, said player moves the needle.
It comes down what Rob thinks.
And he wasn't going to cut even Quinn Cook or Daniels or Jared Dudley or whoever you think.
Even Ah DeMarcus cousins.
We'll get to in a second.
Even any of those guys for Reggie Jackson has been injured all season long, and you know the Lakers have been through enough.
You know it, I know it.
And at some point before you get up in arms about who they don't sign, think about who they would have to cut and look at these players rather than being assets and look at them as being people.
I have no idea why fans have such a hard time doing that.
As well as fans.
Forget the Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference.
Four games up on Denver, five games up on the Clippers for all of the stuff that you know, all of the holes and there aren't many, but for the whole is that this Lakersroster has, and for all the additions throughout the season that some of the other Western Conference playoff teams that have made the Lakers are still the best team in the West.
That's the bottom line.
They need to make some tweaks.
But teaching chemistry matters, man and treating players as human beings matters as well.
And if you didn't it, if you didn't think that's how the Lakers would operate, let's let's let's go back for a moment.
When Kobe tore his Achilles and the Lakers signed him to that two year, $48 million extension before, he was even halfway ready to return.
Now that was Kobe Bryant, and he met the world to the franchise.
But Mark Cuban called for them.
Amnesty, Amnesty, amnesty.
Lakers would never gonna do that.
I mean, to Marcus Cousins tore his Achilles over the summer time.
The Lakers got to cut him.
He's rehabbed on their dime, and he may rejoin the team this for the playoff run.
I don't know if you really will, but that's what Frank Vogel was floated out there.
Um, he's been with the team the whole ride.
You see him, you know, on the pictures, on the team playing and all those things.
You know, when Kobe passed away, Quinn Cook may have been one of the more visibly upset Laker players.
His father was the Laker fans when Quinn Cook signed this offseason, Um, his father had been a long time Laker fan.
His father passed away before Quinn actually signed, and Quinn was a huge Kobe fan.
And so I've seen people say, Well, just cut Troy Downs and just cut Quinn Cook like these guys grew up being Laker fans and for someone like cuckoo lost his father, who was a Laker fan and then lost what may have been his hero on Kobe.
You know, Rob being Kobe's best friend.
He's not just gonna throw these guys to the wayside, man.
Like I get that sports as a business.
I get that the NBA's of business.
But how you treat people matters.
Yeah, I don't know how else to say it.
I really don't it matters.
And so that's where we stand now.
Mo Harkless Who the Clippers traded to New York for Marcus Morris.
Ah, he recently said that he has not spoken to his agent about a bio or about initiating a buyout with the Clippers.
Um, he said at some point, he might.
And if he does great, if he doesn't great like, you know, at this point, Marcus will be, Ah, best case scenario for us, for us on the warning.
Plus, he knows the Clippers offense and he being there the season.
He would know some of the players tendencies and whatever, but if he doesn't get bought out or P doesn't he signed somewhere else? Don't get on Twitter and act like an ass and act like, Ah, we we just missed out on signing Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or Magic Johnson in their prime or something like that.
Like, Come on, man, I relax.
This Lakers team is doing something special and there's gonna be adversity and they are not perfect.
But I tell you what.
There is beauty in that imperfection because when they go on to win the NBA championship, no one's gonna be able to say that this was an easy season, that it was given to them that having LeBron means you're gonna automatically get to a finals.
There was so much adversity, Um, that it'll be even sweeter.
Um, I wanted to take a moment.
Also talk about Kobe Bryant Memorial.
It'll be on February 24th and Ticketmaster released tickets to verify Ticketmaster accounts, and I actually got wait listed, as did a number of other folks.
Um, but a lot of fans got tickets, and from what I understand, um, there was there was like an 80,000 person wait list and Staples Center only holds 20,000.
So I'm not sure they even sold 20,000 tickets or how they're going to do. I have no idea.
But to those that got tickets shuttle to you, I would imagine it's going to be a, um, a tough experience.
But I'm sure that Kobe in Guiana and the Bryant family R R will be Kobe would be appreciative.
And for Vanessa and her Children and Joe and ah, Pam, they are appreciative for the outpour of support that Vance have shown for Kobe and I want to hold these up because I've got a bunch of these guys.
I know you guys are looking for all these different, um, Kobe tribute magazines.
I've got a bunch of him.
And so, um, I've got three sets that complete that the the you know, all the trippy magazines.
I'm keeping two for myself.
Um, but I'm gonna be given away to other set, not as I said, but as individual magazines, because some folks were able to find Delhi Times, but they weren't able to find, um, you know, the people magazine or the centennial issue.
So I'm going to give some of those away.
If you want to participate in that give away when I actually launch it, you better be following me on Twitter because that's where I'm gonna officially launch it.
Follow me on Twitter at Laker Central 3 65 But, um, I'm seeing these magazine cover right in front of me on my desk, and it's it's crazy days going.
It's absolutely crazy.
So, um, we're trying to win this one.
Not just, you know, not just because we wanna win, because we want the Lakers to be good again, But we're trying to win for Kobe, obviously.
So hope we do the last bit I'll talk about, um is there have been a number of stories told about Kobe from players and you're gonna hear a number Maur Ah, as we get closer to the Hall of Fame and and other things.
But Kevin Garnett recently came out and said that, uh, back in 2007 he actually wanted to team up with Kobe on the Lakers, and he had reached out to Coby, and Kobe didn't respond.
Ah, and then I believe he reached out to him again and and then he didn't hear from them.
And then, as you all know, the story by now he ended up involved in.
And so while a lot of my listeners ah, and fans may not quite have been old enough to remember what happened back then, I distinctly remember what happened.
And this was so.
This was in 2007 Twitter had just launched in 06 I believe, until Twitter was not what it is today, where news breaks the way that it does today and all those things, um, I think Woes was working for Yahoo back then he may have been working for ESPN, but then he went to Yahoo, and now he's back with ESPN.
But the way that rumors broke back then was nothing like they do now.
And so Kobe was tearing the league up as an individual with the Lakers for struggling.
Um, we would make the playoffs, but we would lose the teams like the Sons.
And so it was a struggle and and, you know, he famously demanded to be traded that he would play on.
I think he said Ploo toe or Mars or something like that.
Um, you know, back then there was grainy cell phone footage of a flip phone from, you know, him saying he wanted because I think the trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd.
Back then, there was there was a lot going on.
But K G was someone that I always wanted them to go after.
And KG confirmed it that he wanted to play with Kobe.
Uh, but obviously it didn't happen.
And so I had someone asked me how many titles did I think that they would have won? Um, honestly, they probably win six titles.
Could you think about it Kobe already had three.
Ah, he want Kobe wins Two more, right? But the one he didn't win ah, was lost.
The Boston, which in Boston became relevant when KG went there.
If you don't remember the Boston trade, the reason why Ray Allen originally didn't want to go to Boston he only agreed to go there because KG ended up going that also and K g had a no trade clause.
So there was a whole lot of moving parts back then.
Um, but if K G doesn't go to Boston, then they don't get Ray Allen.
And then Paul Pierce is, you know, it's going 25 a night, But the Celtics are a lottery team, so you know, you team up K g, even that one season.
You know that first season he was unbelievable.
He was super healthy.
He wasn't so much those other years, but they probably went sick.
You know, we'll win three titles and Kobe finishes.
Maybe we're six, and who knows what happens at that point? So always these great what ifs, um not Kobe related, but there's a great story that Charles Barclay tells that he was actually traded to the Lakers, I believe in the nineties, um, with Magic Johnson.
He on the Magic Johnson Lakers.
Ah, he said he was on the golf course.
His agent called, said he'd been traded to the Lakers from Philly.
Then he said, like shortly thereafter, he, the Philly owner, got cold feet and re *** on the trade.
And so you know.
But there's all those. What if trades that could have happened.
So I wanted to share that with you guys in the podcast on that.
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