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Alex shot out all the Lakers fans out there and all the Kobe Bryant fans all around the world.
I know you guys probably tuned in or were able to be at Kobe Bryant and Jeon O'Briant's memorial yesterday at Staples Center.
Ah, what a heck of a way for everybody involved in that memorial to send off Kobe and Guiana.
Um, it was amazing.
I didn't know what to expect.
Um uh, the from it I knew it be great, but to have the stars to come out as they did you know Beyonce to saying Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Um Stories from Shack Rob Palanca, Michael Jordan, Michael.
Stories of a very touching all the comparisons of Kobe and Michael throughout the years.
Ah, I don't think many people stopped to think Maybe Kobe and Michael had a relationship that went beyond the pet itiveness.
Ah, that you know, we saw them as we saw them on the court.
And as fans would debate Kobe and Michael, they clearly had a had a relationship.
And it was so interesting.
One to see Michael, uh, help.
Vanessa Bryant stepped down from the stage after she spoke and shot lt Vanessa Bryant to get up there.
Ah, and speak about her daughter and her husband and and what they meant to her What they still mean to her For her to get up there.
Ah, and for one for her to allow her husband and daughter to be celebrated by the fan base.
Ah, it's almost as if she knew that everybody needed this.
And so I'm glad that they were able to have their private ceremony.
And then I'm also glad that she was able to allow the Lakers to go ahead and ah, allow fans to join.
Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the game.
Um, you probably know if you tried to get tickets.
You know, either you got tickets.
We were wait listed.
And so I was initially wait listed.
And then late Sunday, uh, I was approved for tickets, and at that point, it was just too late for me to get out to l.
A and see that game.
I'm sorry to be a part of the memorial, so I really wish I would have been there was tough watching it.
Um, but heck of a way to send him all, Um, it's It just seemed perfect.
Ah, but the one thing I do want to say that is extremely annoying to me.
You know, LeBron wasn't visible on camera doing memorial, and people have turned that into a thing.
And all I can say is he clearly didn't want want this to be about him.
Ah, they didn't show him on purpose.
I would imagine so.
He had a relationship with Kobe, much like with Michael and Kobe.
LeBron and Kobe clearly had a relationship.
Kobe and LeBron, I believe, were texting each other or had talked, um, early that morning, Uh, prior to that crash.
So I don't understand why there are people out there still making it a big thing.
Ah, whether or not LeBron is at the memorial, whether or not he's not there he was there.
He was sitting behind Anthony Davis.
It's just so ridiculous.
And there's enough enough topics and sports to talk about rather than trying t drum something up.
What of our cool? Yeah, he was definitely there.
Um, LeBron was definitely there.
He had his hoodie up and he was sitting behind the behind Anthony Davis.
So I was also happy to see Joe and Pam Ryan at the funeral.
We, you know, we didn't hear from them.
They are his parents that Kobe's parents.
So it was really nice, Um, for them to be there as well.
And just for everybody to come out.
Jimmy Kimmel incredibly, you know, broken up over losing Kobe.
It's just interesting You don't think that these celebrities could have tight relationships and then you find out some of them do, Um And so, um, it was a really nice memorial, and me and my wife actually watched it over Ah, later on you last night because she didn't get to see it.
I had meetings during the day, so I would being interrupted, Um, so I couldn't watch it straight through, But at night we watched it.
It was really touching.
So, um e, I'll probably talk about Kobe a 1,000,000 more times on the podcast, but, um, to try to get into the official business of the day, Uh, this is my pregame show for the Lakers and pelicans, and they played and I So, of course, everybody's making it about LeBron verse.
Ah, Zion Lakers of 43 12 atop the West.
Five games up on and I get six games up on the Clippers.
The Pelicans are in 10th place.
There are a few games back three games back of the eighth seed Grizzlies.
Pills are playing better.
Seven and three in their last 10.
Lakers 73 In their last time with the Pelicans, they won two straight Lakers at 15 straight.
So you know it's It's a big game, I guess.
I guess everybody forgot that in the two previous matchups with the Pelicans.
Andy Davis as averaging 43.
5 points Um, Jay Marie third in L.
A at 46 points, 13 rebounds.
So, you know, I guess people just for getting an anti Davis is on the team.
I know folks think that science can count, do its thing and he very wait very May, uh, my Zo may play well, be I.
But no matter what, I expect the Lakers to get this win tonight.
And so pelicans going try and push with eight c.
Even if they make it, we're gonna knock him out, is what it is, what I'm looking for in This particular game, though, is Marquis Morris.
Frank Vogel said Markeith would only play a few minutes, if at all, and I would like to see him play at least 10 plus minutes in the game tonight.
I tweeted this out earlier on Twitter, but the Lakers don't run a very complicated offense.
So I really don't understand, um, why he wouldn't play a lot.
But I'm no coach.
I'm just to do with a podcast, so I'm a market.
A question. Frank Vogel. Too much.
Um, this is just another win the Lakers need to get.
I mean, I said they won five straight and so that there's no excuse to lose to the Pelicans there just as the Lakers come out flat.
Um, but they just had a huge win over the Boston Celtics won 14 to 1 12 And so between the huge when Kobe's memorial.
Sometimes, you know, these players could be a little distracted, but they put the you know they were off yesterday.
They they should.
They should come out and jump all these guys early.
That's my expectation.
Um, when we played them earlier in the years I am wasn't there, but Regardless, if Zion's they're not, the Lakers really should do what they need to do and just and really beat these guys.
Um, no bronze leading an MBA and assist at 10.7.
He It's amazing how he's changed his game to be more Magic.
Um, and some of his athleticism has Ah has waned, Um, and he's just the donor's thing.
He's he's getting everybody involved.
And Anthony Davis, um, he's looking like defensive player of the year.
I mean, he really is.
And I suspect that, um, he'll come out tonight.
You'll want to send a message to me.
He's average, like I said, averaging 43 points in the other games, so I can't understand why he wouldn't come out and do the same thing.
Zion is not some kind of defensive stopper, particularly against guys who were that much taller and that much more skilled than he is.
And and it won't be all ons I on any way to stop Anthony Davis, so we'll see how this all plays out.
The Lakers are still one of top teams in the NBA offense and defense, and when you, when you think about a team like, Ah, dip Ellington's We get to see the young guys we drafted all over again, right? The guys that so many of us were behind ands O B I and heart.
And before the trade went down, I said it might do all those guys, Um Ah, really a favor to be on a team or franchise that just was not out in open so much like the Lakers are.
And they're they're doing well in New Orleans.
They're doing really, really well.
Brandon Ingram is doing the best that all of them after 25 points, almost 25 points a game.
Always thought he could be a score.
Always thought he had it in him.
Um, shooting 47% from the field.
Um, but sometimes it just opportunity.
And so mmm, he's looking good right now.
Means look easy is really playing well.
And there's talks about maybe New Orleans not wanting wanting to give him a max extension.
I mean, at this point, if they're not gonna maxim out, then they're just being foolish that just you have a young guy at 696 10 that could score.
The way is you've got a young core there.
You're not gonna attract a big star.
That's just not what's gonna happen.
So if you've got these young guys, they're talented, you pay them what you need to pay them or what the market rate is.
Um, but as I mentioned earlier, I really want to see a marquee Morris play.
I'm really hoping open.
We see that I'm hoping to see a line up at some point.
Um, of our backups with Caruso.
Ah, KCP kun's MMA, Markeith and Dwight.
That's the lineup I want to see.
I want to see how they do against the pelicans.
But again, I don't know how much Frank Vogue was gonna play him.
I saw him saying he may not, you know, play a whole lot or not play it also, you know, it just it is what it is, and we'll have to wait and see.
Ah, how that all pans out as I think about this, more more than you know, the Lakers have.
I believe, about 2020 or so I games left in the NBA.
Ah, in there on their record.
And yeah, I think they're going to get to a point where they start resting guys now again, Games like tonight when you're playing.
Of course, the team that wants to make the playoffs when you're playing the steam that your speed, it's important to beat them right now, so you can kind of get that cushion towards the end of the season.
Lakers have led the West all year long.
There's really no reason for them not to continue to lead the West with the rest of the season.
Um, so I want to see how they how they handle this game, also want to figure out if they're gonna bring out, bring any more players in.
They brought it Markeith.
There's been talks to Jr talks a D on Dion, waiters, that is, and J. R. Smith.
I don't know if they're gonna bring anybody else in.
Um, they could certainly use some players like that, you know, with a little add to you know, when something about waiters that really like is he misses a shot, but he doesn't get discouraged and that that's important for a lot of these guys that are coming off the bench that don't get a lot of opportunity.
You know, it's one thing to be a star, Miss Shots.
And because you always know you're not gonna get pulled from the game, you're gonna get more and more shots.
But when you're a backup guy, you know you miss your 1st 2nd maybe your third shot, you know, that can really impact the rest of your game.
And so I'm looking for someone like waiters or even Jr.
If the Lakers decide to go at them, you know that's a positive for either one of those guys.
So really looking forward to a fun game tonight, folks, um, I'll end it on that.
I'll be live streaming the game tonight.
So I'm back with you guys.
Then when the game comes on that I believe seven or 7 30 Pacific.
But I guess I could just tell you guys, since I do have it on my phone, I guess that would help, right? But 10 p.m.
10 p. M. Eastern. 7 p.m. Pacific.
It'll be a heck of a game, so I'll be live streaming them then and then I'll drop a new podcast on apple Spotify stitcher Tune in.
All that stuff will be up.
Ah, on Wednesday morning So check it out, guys.
I appreciate you guys.
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