The NBA is back! Like, officially!
And before it got going for real, we sat down for our annual predictions podcast, where we pick all the winners in both conferences, make our selections for the big awards, and cover some of the interesting overarching storylines that will define the year. Also, we talk about Paul George and the news he made this week.
Basically, once you've heard these 45 minutes, you can fastforward to the end of the year. Because we've told you everything that's going...
We're thiiiiiiiiiiiis close to finishing up the pretend games, folks. So how are the Lakers looking?
Better, with Lonzo Ball back on the floor, for one. He made his debut this week, and while there's definitely some rust, overall his impact was pretty tangible. And with Lonzo back, the Lakers can now keep a ball mover on the floor at all times. That'll help the second unit. Meanwhile, with the preseason winding down, some of the stuff we thought the Lakers might not be very good at... they...
It's been a couple weeks, so apologies. - In this episode, we break down the schedule and all it means for the different forecasts currently bouncing around the NBA universe. There's a reason predictions on the Lakers seem to be all over the map.
Well, the Kawhi Leonard deal is done, and he's heading north. Very north. About as far from Los Angeles as Gregg Popovich could send him, really. The Toronto Raptors took this year's version of the OKC gamble,
More or less, at least. A week or so after signing LeBron James, L.A. has filled in some holes, and have done so with an eye to keeping people like us talking. So where have the Lakers done well? Did the botch the Julius Randle situation?
So the market seems to be percolating! Paul George! LeBron James! And now... Kawhi Leonard? How available is he? How much would/sho - So the market seems to be percolating! Paul George! LeBron James! And now... Kawhi Leonard? How available is he?
It's the first week without NBA basketball until the fall, and it came quickly given Golden State's thrashing of Cleveland in the Finals. We break down that brief series, then break into the key questions coming after. Things like: -
So... The Finals! It's the matchup everyone expected. Any reason to believe it won't end the way everyone expects? Do the Cavs have any real chance to pull the upset? And by that, we mean, "Does LeBron James have any real chance to pull the upset?
An unusual amount of Lakers related stuff to discuss, considering the time of year. L.A. isn't in the playoffs, and the Draft is still a few weeks away. Yet... - Julius Randle's free agency was in the news this week,
The Conference Finals are here, and in some ways are more interesting thanks to what happens after them, rather than during. What if Houston, now tied 1-1, goes down quickly from here on? What if the Celtics beat the Cavs (as we both think will happen)?
Switching gears this week, we talk Dodgers history with former ESPN colleague Jon Weisman, author of the new book, "Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers' Extraordinary Pitching Tradition." If you're a fan of the Blue,
Another year down, and another in the recent run of playoff-free seasons for the purple and gold. That said, was this a successful season for the Lakers? On the one hand, there was a nine-game improvement from last year to this one,
The Lakers have been among the best teams in the NBA since early January, but -- and stop us if this sounds familiar -- the injury bug threatens to derail the momentum. Josh Hart is already sidelined (likely) for the year after hand surgery,
So the Lakers have won four straight out of the break, and are 16-7 since early January, when they ended the nine-game losing streak. That's good for the third best record in the NBA. So are the Lakers legit now, and what does that mean for the rebuild?
The Oscars are Sunday, the Super Bowl for people who love movies. So with that in mind, we invited our friend Steve Mason into the studio for a Big Oscars Preview. We kicked around all the major topics. Who we think ought to win Best Picture and why,
So the Lakers have made it through the deadline, and have a new-look roster... how's it looking? Well, the defense has suffered. Is it all on Isaiah Thomas? Did the Lakers expect this much defensive slippage after the deal? Should it bother them? -
For all the buildup around the Lakers, when the NBA's trade deadline actually arrived, things looked awfully quiet in El Segundo... until things weren't. - The purple and gold were front and center in the day's biggest deal,
A week or so away from the trade deadline, things are getting interesting around the NBA. For the Lakers, though, the top-of-mind question isn't about who is coming and who is going, but who isn't around at all. Namely, Lonzo Ball.
Man alive, it's been a busy week. The Lakers, left for dead a couple weeks ago, have now won seven of their last nine games heading out on the road for a five-game trip. All without the previously indispensable Lonzo Ball... -
This week in Lakerland, we learned once again what we knew last week, namely that the Lakers just aren't as interesting, nor competitive, without Lonzo Ball. And it's not even close. And as Lonzo starts to put together more solid games,