Laker Film Room - Dedicated to the Study of Lakers Basketball

By Pete Zayas

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 Jun 24, 2019
the best Lakers pod

ZeN
 Jan 8, 2019
Do I like Pete's podcast? Yes and No. I dont like when he takes long in releasing an episode. Yet, Yes because when he does release one, it was worth the wait.

Alan
 Oct 21, 2018
Always objective and worth a listen

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Dedicated to the Study of Lakers Basketball. Hosted by Pete Zayas, Darius Soriano & Mike Trudell.

Episode Date
Kobe + Pau + Lamar
2718
Pete, Darius & Mike reminisce about how Kobe, Pau & Lamar came together and break down why that brand of basketball was so beautiful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Lonnie Walker IV
2569
Pete, Mike, and Darius take a closer look at Lonnie Walker IV's game, including his natural fit in uptempo lineups, how playing with LeBron & AD might impact what he's asked to do, and the defensive issues that will likely impact his playing time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Bill Russell
2729
Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the life and career of the incomparable Bill Russell in the wake of his passing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Nunn & THT
2842
Can Kendrick Nunn be the skill guard the Lakers need? Does Talen Horton-Tucker have the defensive ability and offensive upside needed to play in lineups with LeBron and Anthony Davis for longer stretches? Will either even be on the team next season and, if so, should they be counted on to produce to the level the team will need? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss both Nunn and THT's future with the team and all the variables at play for them to be viable rotation players. Then later, the guys dive into the most recent Kevin Durant trade rumors and debate whether the Celtics should be looking to trade for him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Forward Thinking
2434
Can Juan Toscano-Anderson or Stanley Johnson be the combo forward who slots between LeBron and Anthony Davis in a Lakers closing lineup? Do either have the full offensive skill set? What about the defensive versatility? Can both even play in the rotation if the Lakers start AD at power forward? Pete and Darius answer these questions by breaking down Stanley and JTA's games, the Lakers forward position in general, and some of the challenges of investing in this part of the roster when your best players already play those positions.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Austin's Role
2503
Austin Reaves was one of the few bright spots from last season's Lakers. Can he continue his development and make a leap towards being an even better rotation player next season? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Austin's importance to next year's team, what position he is and why his versatility matters to the roster, and whether he should be considered for the starting lineup. Later, the guys discuss the challenges of breaking into the lineup as an undrafted player and whether they think that will impact Austin's role next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Russ & the Rubicon
2454
Do the Lakers actually need to trade Russell Westbrook? Are there scenarios in which he could return and help the Lakers on the court? What are the variables at play when considering a trade? Pete and Darius discuss and debate whether Russ returning next season is viable, whether a threshold exists in a potential deal, and how the futures of LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Darvin Ham all impact what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Restless Stars
2614
From increased player movement to the more openness of players discussing their mental health challenges and everything in between, the nature of player happiness and its impacts on the NBA have become more and more important in recent years. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss these topics, how they've evolved over the years, and how they see them impacting the league today and moving forward.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Next Domino
2523
Will Kevin Durant actually get traded? Can a Donovan Mitchell trade be the domino that triggers more deals around the league -- including a potential Lakers trade? Pete and Darius discuss how KD's trade request reminds them of Kobe asking out in 2007, Mitchell's status in the league and how a Knicks deal could work, and why the Lakers might be lurking in the background of these bigger potential deals as hopeful beneficiaries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Future Firsts
2592
How valuable is your future 1st round pick? This is a question the Hawks and T'Wolves just answered for themselves by making blockbuster trades for win-now players and one the Lakers will need to answer as they explore their own roster construction heading into next season. It's also a question the Pelicans, Jazz, and Thunder will need to answer in their own way as they stockpile future picks in the hopes of drafting their next great player. Pete, Mike, and Darius have an open ended discussion about how to value these picks moving forward and what infrastructure the Lakers have in place to help build out a contending team while accounting for the value of future picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Around the League
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What move this NBA offseason has stood out the most? Did the Wolves trade for Rudy Gobert or the Hawks trade for Dejounte Murray push them into the next tier? Does the Celtics trade for Malcom Brogdon or their signing of Danilo Gallinari make them favorites? What does losing Jalen Brunson mean to the Mavericks? How have the 76ers moves impacted their title chances? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and many more as they review the many moves of this NBA offseason so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
4-Out
2522
What did we learn from the Lakers summer league offense and how it might translate to what the team does when the real season begins? Whether it's needing a shooting big man, how offensive floor spacing helps transition defense, or why big man mobility is so useful, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what they've learned about what the Lakers want to do offensively and how some of their roster moves facilitate them doing it. Then later, the guys discuss the rule change around the "take foul" and whether they agree with the change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Limbo
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Lakers leadership reportedly insist they're still not done building the roster for this upcoming season, but the summer continues to move forward and any reported potential roster moves appear to be more rumor than reality. Pete and Darius discuss the limbo the team (and its fans) find themselves in and what it means to navigate this part of the offseason that still has this much uncertainty. Later, the guys discuss the different options the team has for next season's roster and whether they think last season's performance impacts wanting a roster built around 3 stars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
Two-Way Contracts
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As Summer League winds down, Pete and Mike discuss what Cole Swider and Scotty Pippen, Jr bring to the table, the case for Jay Huff to get one of the two-way contracts, and how Javante McCoy has impressed as a scorer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Vegas
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Summer League is here! Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Vegas Summer League experience, and delve into the details of Max Christie's game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Positional Battles
2684
Pete and Mike discuss the implications of Anthony Davis' likely move back to the 4, what the Lakers need from their starting 5 if he does, the crowded battle in the backcourt, the importance of Juan Toscano-Anderson's role, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
New Lakers
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The Lakers introduced their five newest members on Wednesday as the moratorium lifted. Pete, Mike, & Darius give their thoughts on the team's emphasis on youth and athleticism, Walker's unexpected addition, the promise of the Bryant/Jones duo, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
See You Soon
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Pete and Mike discuss their hopes and expectations for free agency in the last pod until the moratorium lifts next Wednesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Thinking Big
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What type of center should the Lakers target in free agency? Is shooting or defense more important? Does he need to be a lob threat? Should the team try to sign more than one big man? How much does LeBron's minutes at center and Anthony Davis' minutes at PF impact these decisions? Mike and Darius answer these questions and many more as they continue to preview team needs and roster building as the Lakers get ready for free agency.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Taking Stock
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It's free agency week and the Lakers have several decisions to make, starting with their own guys who can hit the market on June 30. Pete, Mike, and Darius begin their discussion focusing on Malik Monk's pending free agency. How much should the Lakers value him? Can he play a big role on a title contending team? What kind of contract should he get? Then later, the guys discuss Austin Reaves and Stanley Johnson's team options and how the Lakers should value them, plus whether any of the other vets from last year's team should return next season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Draft Day
2787
The Lakers traded into the early second round, drafting Max Christie with the 35th pick. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss his short term limitations, long term potential, the team’s philosophical shift toward player development, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Front Bench
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Darvin Ham has reportedly added several assistant coaches to his coaching staff, including Chris Jent, Jordan Ott and Schuyler Rimmer. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the hires, what they think the challenges Ham will face as a first time head coach for the Lakers, the importance of retaining Phil Handy, and the general role assistants play on an NBA staff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Stargazing
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As rumors emerge that tie the Lakers to potentially available star players around the league, Pete and Darius discuss the team’s history of three star builds, and compare it to their other options this offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
2022 Draft Preview
2493
Although the Lakers have no draft pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Lakers are reportedly interested in buying a second round pick and struck gold in undrafted free agency with Austin Reaves last year. Pete is joined by Mike Garcia to discuss hidden gems who could be available in the draft & how they specifically could help the team: Julian Champagnie, Jabari Walker, Keon Ellis, Trevion Williams, Quenton Jackon & David Roddy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Thank the Gods
2791
The NBA season is over and the NBA championship was claimed by the Warriors (and not the Celtics). Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Warriors win and what stood out to them on their run through the Western Conference. Then, the guys discuss their individual histories of rooting against the Celtics and how Boston's run to the Finals impacted their general NBA fandom this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Big & Imposing
2675
In the midst of draft workouts and free agency forecasts, decisions on how to build the next Lakers roster are on the front of our minds. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how to build out a roster when accounting for Russell Westbrook's potential return, debating what traits and positions to value, why catering to Russ has its benefits and its pitfalls, and why the answers the team seeks will likely be found on the wing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Establishing Identity
2601
Extrapolating from what they've learned from these playoffs and last season, Pete, Darius & Mike discuss and debate what the team needs from Anthony Davis, his offseason, his shooting and what types of players the Lakers need to support Davis best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Golden Statement
2473
The Warriors took a 3-2 lead over the Celtics, riding their home crowd to a crucial win in game 5 Monday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius break it all down and discuss Andrew Wiggins' big game, overcoming Steph's shooting struggles, the Celtics' fatigue, and Jordan Poole's shot making. Then later, they offer thoughts on what they expect to happen in Thursday's game 6. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Running Habits
2774
Pete, Darius & Mike continue their conversation regarding Coach Ham, delving into his comments about building running habits, what that means for the Lakers' spacing, the defense that catalyzes that style the 4 out 1 in system, and Russell Westbrook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Force with Force
2739
Through three games, the Celtics have taken a 2-1 lead over the Warriors in the Finals. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the themes of the series to this point, what's surprised them about both teams, why Steve Kerr's lineup choices need refining, and what they expect from the Warriors in game 4.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
AD is the Key
2450
In part 2 of their discussion of Darvin Ham's introductory press conference, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Ham calling Anthony Davis "the key" to the Lakers success next season. They break down the importance of Davis' availability, why his fitness level and approach to his physical build matters, and how the Bucks schemes on both sides of the ball can inform how Ham might deploy Davis next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
Building Consensus
2694
The Lakers formally introduced Darvin Ham as their head coach on Monday and he offered insights into some of his philosophies and, just as importantly, gave us a first glimpse of his presence and leadership qualities. In the first of 2 episodes, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Ham's intro presser, what stood out to them, and what his comments about Russell Westbrook tell us about Russ' potential future on the team and expectations for what his role will be if he is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Coach Ham
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The Lakers have hired Darvin Ham as their new head coach. Pete, Mike, and Darius react to the news, discuss the qualities they see both in Ham and in a successful head coach, and detail the stakes Ham walks into coaching this specific Lakers team. Later, the guys discuss what they'd like to see in Ham's coaching staff and the value the right assistants can bring.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Finals Preview
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Can Boston's defense hold up mentally vs. the Warriors offense? Can the Warriors maintain their rhythm and technical precision in the face of the Celtics physicality? Can the Celtics defend without switching? Can the Warriors offense create the spacing it needs while still playing their big lineups? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and also dive into the Celtics offense vs. the Warriors defense, each team's depth, and even offer some predictions in their preview the NBA Finals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Playoff Lessons
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Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what they’ve learned while watching the 2022 playoffs and how those lessons can be applied to the next Lakers roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Well Earned
2573
The Celtics held on to defeat the Heat in game 7, advancing to the NBA Finals in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Celtics win, the Heat's ability to rally late and keep the series competitive, and the general ingredients the Celtics needed to advance through the East by beating the teams they did. Later, the guys give their initial thoughts on the Finals and how the Celtics matchup with the Warriors.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 30, 2022
Countdown to the Finals
2670
The Warriors have advanced to the Finals and the Celtics are looking to do the same with the Heat on the ropes heading into game 6. Mike and Darius discuss the Warriors win, why they feel good for Klay Thompson and compare the Warriors backcourt right now vs. what it was when the team was winning titles. Then later, they handicap the Heat's chance to extend the series and debate how Anthony Davis matches up vs. the defenses of the Warriors and the Celtics we've seen these playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2022
When the Levee Breaks
2391
Boston broke a defensive struggle open with a offensive burst in the second half that Miami couldn't match. Pete and Mike discuss how Boston's collective force has worn the Heat down, how that led to Miami's atrocious shotmaking, and how the attrition of the last couple of seasons should inform how the Lakers build their roster moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2022
Quick Work
2714
The Heat didn't bring their offense to game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals and were promptly destroyed by a desperate Celtics team, who evened the series at 2 games a piece. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the demolition, focusing on Jimmy Butler's health, Bam's offensive struggles, and the Celtics defensive game plan to limit Miami's half-court offense. Then later, the guys discuss the status of the Lakers coaching search and what they like about Darvin Ham's candidacy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Speed Chess
2783
Miami and Golden State showed off their mastery of basketball theory in a pair of Game 3 wins this weekend. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the nature of making quick decisions under pressure, and how that's impacted the Conference Finals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Scorched
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Boston made quick work of Miami on Thursday, dominating multiple facets of Game 2. Pete, Mike, & Darius discuss the impact of Smart & Horford's return, Lowry's absence, Boston's remarkable shotmaking and improved offensive execution, potential adjustments for Miami, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2022
Blind Spots
2749
A cold shooting night from the Mavs and a focused second half on both sides of the ball from the Warriors led to a Golden State blowout win in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, highlighting Kevon Looney's defensive importance, Luka's turnovers, where the Warriors offense created advantage, and how the Mavs couldn't capitalize on their shot quality. Then later, the guys talk about the Lakers roster and how the playoffs are influencing their thoughts on what kind of frontcourt partner LeBron James and Anthony Davis need moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Lightning Run
2758
Miami struck first in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, on the strength of a dazzling 39-14 third quarter. Pete and Mike discuss the impact of Smart, Horford, and Lowry's absence, how Miami will test the ball-handling and decision making of Tatum and Brown, and preview the matchup between Dallas and Golden State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Game 7
2814
The 2022 NBA playoffs reached its halfway point with a pair of Game 7 blowouts that put Boston and Dallas in the Conference Finals. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how a vast difference in shot quality led to the end of the road for Milwaukee, Phoenix's unearned hubris, how Dallas wore them down, and the Deandre Ayton dilemma. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Skill vs Fitness
2653
Miami punched their ticket to the Conference Finals in a game where their superior conditioning overwhelmed the exhausted 76ers. Pete and Mike discuss the role of endurance in basketball, how that should factor into the Lakers' next roster, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2022
A Tale of 2 Game 5s
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A pair of Wednesday game 5's couldn't have been more different, with the Bucks furiously coming back late to steal a game vs. the Celtics while the Warriors barely showed up and got trounced by the Grizzlies. Mike and Darius discuss both contests, highlighting Giannis' status as the best player in the NBA and Jrue Holiday's clutch defense, and questioning whether the Warriors should start to worry as Steph and Klay struggle against a Grizzlies team leveraging their size and athleticism advantages.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Blowouts
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The #1 seed in each conference dominated their Game 5 matchups, giving Miami and Phoenix a 3-2 series lead. Pete and Mike discuss Miami's ability to shapeshift, Deandre Ayton's importance, Luka falling a little too in love with his stepback jumper, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Locked Up
2559
In a pair of pivotal game 4's on Monday night, the Warriors came back late to take a 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies while the Celtics used a big night from Al Horford to outlast the Bucks to tie up their series at two games a piece. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss both games, focusing on how the Grizz, minus Ja Morant, changed their identity to scrap with the Warriors and how the Bucks continue to miss Khris Middleton and how that's impacting Giannis. As a bonus, the guys also discuss whether Rudy Gobert could really "lock up" Shaq.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Make or Miss
2487
In both conferences the #1 seeds went from up 2-0 in their respective 2nd round series to tied at 2-2 heading back home. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss some of the things that stood out them over the weekend, including how much the "make or miss league" saying held true for both series, whether the Heat are in trouble now that Joel Embiid is back and Kyle Lowry is struggling after his return from his hamstring injury, and if Luka and the Mavs have cracked the code vs. the Suns or if Phoenix will get back on track now that they'll be back at home for game 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Purple TInted
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What are reasonable expectations for Anthony Davis next season? What young players can make an impact on next year's roster? If the Lakers do trade Russell Westbrook, what types of players should they target in a deal? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and more in the latest edition of the LFR Podcast mailbag.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Phil's Influence
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As reports of Phil Jackson's role in the Lakers coaching search emerge, Pete, Mike, and Darius continue their conversation on what the team needs from their next head coach, and the implications and degree of Jackson's involvement. Later, Pete reveals who he'd most like the team to reach out to for an interview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Next Head Coach
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As rumored candidates emerge, Pete, Mike, and Darius begin their conversation about what they’re looking for in the Lakers next head coach. What are the common mistakes that teams make during coaching searches? What are the challenges that are unique to coaching the Lakers? Why were previous coaches successful? The guys discuss these topics and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Round Two
2785
The 2nd round of the playoffs kicked off with both road teams winning game 1 as the Bucks controlled their game vs. the Celtics and the Warriors won a thriller vs. the Grizzlies. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss both games, focusing on how the Bucks defensive gameplan and ability to match up physically vs. Boston earned them advantages in ways the Celtics clearly weren't used to after their series vs. Brooklyn. Then later, the guys express their frustrations with the refereeing in the Warriors/Grizzlies game, talk Draymond's ejection, and their general first impressions of what looks to be a highly competitive series.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Lead Guards Shine
2675
The Suns were able to hold off the Pelicans on Thursday night, clinching their series on the strength of a classic Chris Paul game that showed off every tool in his bag. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss Paul's command of the game and how much the combination of his skill set and will to win set the tone not only in this game, but for the Suns this season. Then later, the guys discuss the Pelicans season and their foundation moving forward, plus what their emergence -- and a stronger western conference -- means for the Lakers next year and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Jokic
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Both the Bucks and Warriors advanced to the 2nd Round of the playoffs, but not before the Nuggets made Golden State sweat on the strength of Nikola Jokic's game. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Jokic's brilliance and durability while taking Denver as far as they could go, and preview a trio of intriguing Game 6's tonight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Game 5s
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In a trio of game 5s on Tuesday night, the Heat closed out the Hawks while the Suns and Grizzlies took 3-2 leads overs the Pelicans and Wolves. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss each game, debating how much of the Hawks struggles were their own limitations vs. the Heat's dominance, how much the Wolves' inexperience matters vs. guys not figuring out their right roles, and whether the Suns' adjustments put them back in the driver's seat for game 6 or if there's another turn this series can take back in New Orleans.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Suns in Trouble?
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Matchup difficulties, Booker's injury, and a fearless Pelicans team have put the Phoenix Suns in an unexpectedly precarious position. Pete & Mike discuss this series and the Pelicans' chances going forward. Then in the final segment they debut Tru Stories, where Mike shares his experience of the night the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Finals in Orlando. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Big Teams
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Games 3 and 4 of a playoff series have their own distinct personalities, giving both teams a chance to show whether they're truly in control and ready to advance or if a series is more even with no clear winner on the horizon. Pete and Darius discuss the weekend's playoff games and what stood out to them most, zeroing in on the Celtics/Nets series and why some of the struggles they're seeing in Brooklyn remind them of this season's Lakers. Then later, the guys talk about how injuries have become a major storyline in nearly every series and what teams have been able to manage them best so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Middle Ground
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Can the Lakers rely on Anthony Davis to be a good jump shooter? If not, how does that change the types of players they should put around him and LeBron James next season? When thinking about team building in the aftermath of this season with Russell Westbrook, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the decisions facing the Lakers, the value of shooting and skilled shot creators, and why defense still matters in the role players next to Bron and AD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Force x Skill
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Hindsight can tell us a lot about how and why the Lakers failed this season, but it also can still inform what we think they could have been if injuries and other factors wouldn't have crippled them. Using the ongoing playoffs as a backdrop for what's working and what's not for contenders, Pete, Mike, and Darius reflect on this year's Lakers and project the roster that will need to be built this summer to discuss what the front office got right and what they need to change going forward. Later, the guys discuss how critical or not Anthony Davis' jump shooting is to building a Lakers roster that can contend for a championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Blink of an Eye
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A dominant performance by Brandon Ingram and a hamstring injury to Devin Booker have put Phoenix in a suddenly precarious position. Pete & Mike discuss how New Orleans' size and athleticism have caused Phoenix problems, how they value these attributes on a team built around LeBron & AD, Phoenix's options without Booker, the Grizzlies roaring back, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Scoring Guards
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Tyrese Maxey, Jalen Brunson, and Jordan Poole all had brilliant performances on Monday night, leading to a trio of Game 2 victories. Pete, Mike, and Darius explore the ideal role for small, scoring guards on contending teams, and how the Lakers should view them when building next year’s roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Opening Weekend
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Opening weekend of the NBA playoffs is one of the best basketball weekends of the year. Pete and Mike recap parts of a busy, 8-game schedule, including a classic Game 1 between Boston & Brooklyn, Miami's excellence without a superstar, concern about Khris Middleton, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Collaborations
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After an amazingly disappointing season, needing to hire a new head coach, and facing pressure to get the organization back on track, Rob Pelinka has his most important offseason as a Lakers executive. Pete and Darius discuss the challenge Pelinka faces and why his ability to build consensus while also showing accountability will be key in whatever success he has. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
All-NBA
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With the playoffs on the horizon, Pete, Mike, and Darius take one last look back at the regular season to discuss who they would place on the All-NBA team this year. Should we still have positional designations? Will Jokic and Embiid both make 1st team? How much does games played matter? Do LeBron and Kevin Durant slide down because of missed games? The guys answer these questions and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Slow Fractures
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In part 2 of their discussion on the Lakers firing Frank Vogel, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss where things went so wrong this year by reflecting on the shift in team building approach after the team's 2020 championship, how Vogel and Russell Westbrook never seemed to value the same things, and how the lack of alignment between the roster and Vogel's basketball philosophies led to a rigidity that could not be overcome. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
The Ballad of Frankie Smokes
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In a move that has been on the horizon for weeks, the Lakers parted ways with Frank Vogel on Monday, ending his tenure as head coach after 3 seasons. In part one of their discussion of the move, Pete, Mike, and Darius revisit the circumstances of Vogel's hire, how his philosophies as a head coach perfectly matched his 1st Lakers roster, and how it all came together in their run to a championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Shifting Focus
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How many teams can actually win the NBA championship this season? Can the Grizzlies defy their experience level to make a deep run or even win the title? Will the Mavs frontcourt and wing depth hurt them vs. the other west teams? Is Brooklyn totally out of it, even with Kevin Durant? Who should be favored between the Suns and the Bucks? With the Lakers out of the playoff picture, Pete, Mike, and Darius turn their focus to who they think can actually win the NBA title by answering these questions and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Cancun
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The Lakers' playoff hopes faded into memory on Tuesday, effectively bringing a lost season to its conclusion. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the team's collapse, and how early mistakes and misfortunes led to the cascading series of events that doomed the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Here We Go
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Whenever a Lakers season disappoints, an offseason of rumor and drama surely follows. With the Lakers all by certain to miss the Play-In Tournament, Pete, Mike & Darius discuss lessons learned from previous tumultuous offseasons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Winding Down
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An inspired effort from a clearly hobbled Anthony Davis and a very efficient scoring night from Russell Westbrook weren't enough for the Lakers to hang in with Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets on Sunday, all but ending the Lakers chances at the play-in game in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss both the game and the season at large, breaking down how some of the positives weren't enough and the negatives were too much to overcome and how the losses piled up because of it. Later, the guys get into how expectations played a big role in the demise of the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Microcosm
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The Lakers’ hopes of making the play-in took a nearly fatal hit as they fell to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. Pete & Darius discuss the elements of a game that was a microcosm of a lost season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2022
Play-In Debate
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Has the play-in tournament devalued the regular season? Can tweaks like a shorter regular season or fewer playoff teams make the regular season more competitive and interesting night to night? Does a team like the Lakers -- that is more than 10 games under .500 -- even deserve a chance at the post-season? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and more as they debate the state of the regular season and how much it does (and does not matter) in today's NBA.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
A Loss of We
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After Luka & the Mavs dismantled the Lakers, Pete & Mike briefly discuss the game, the toll that the lack of continuity has exacted upon the team over the years, the current picture in the West & the latest on AD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Last Chances
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With the Lakers' precarious position in the standings, Mike gives us up-to-the-minute news on Anthony Davis' return status. Then, he & Pete discuss how the Lakers' lack of size emphasizes AD's importance & how front court minutes might be affected, who to start alongside of AD, Melo's recent struggles & belief. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
We Are Who We Are
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The Lakers lost another gut-punch game on Sunday, falling to the Pelicans after surrendering a 20 point halftime lead in a brutal 3rd quarter, and then not having enough to fend off the charging Pelicans late. Pete and Darius discuss the loss, their frustrations in watching the team give up another big lead, and LeBron's struggles after spraining his ankle. Then later, the guys debate how much a game like this impacts their view of the team and whether this loss is a real setback or not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Play-In Game
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Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans is not only important to the standings, but serves as a likely play-in preview. And with the team facing off another time in the next handful of days, Pete, Mike, and Darius examine the matchups on both sides of the ball, detailing why New Orleans' individual talent poses such a problem for the Lakers defense and how their paint-packing defensive approach can be countered by the Lakers improving drive-and-kick offense. Then later, Mike tries to stump Pete and Darius in another round of Lakers trivia. Game show music from Zapsplat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Russ & The Wheels
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The Lakers played the 76ers tough on Wednesday night, but without LeBron James the talent gap and Philly's defensive pressure were enough to keep the Lakers at arm's length. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, focusing on the Lakers' continued improvement offensively and what they're doing on that side of the ball that's working. Then later, the guys discuss Stanley Johnson's overall game, his skill as a passer, and why he and Wenyen Gabriel have made for such a fun pairing in recent games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
Solving Goliath
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Whether it's the path through the play-in to qualify for the playoffs or in Wednesday night's game vs. the 76ers, the Lakers are going to have to deal with the goliaths of the NBA in important games the rest of this season. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how the Lakers need to play against the game's best big men, why Anthony Davis is the best -- but not only -- solution, and why the speed and motor of Stanley Johnson and Wenyen Gabriel are so important in navigating these matchups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Taking Shape
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A dominant LeBron game, an efficient and impactful Westbrook performance on offense, a hot shooting night from DJ Augustin, and a very well coached Frank Vogel game got the Lakers a big win in Cleveland. Is this team finding its stride? Has Russ turned a corner? How does LeBron continue to do this? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Lakers win over the Cavs and try to answer these questions and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Seven Quarters
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The Lakers spent their weekend playing 7 really good quarters of basketball over two games, but it was that final quarter that cost them a win in Washington. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Lakers strong play over those two games, how they carried over their effort from the win in Toronto to the Wizards game, and how that 4th quarter in Washington was emblematic of what they've been all season. Then later, the guys discuss Westbrook and LeBron's dialed-in play, how much AD's return can uplift the team, and the correlation between status and lineup decisions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Overdogs
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The Lakers have a long history of #1 overall picks and a current roster full of accomplished players who aren't used to being the underdog. Pete & Darius discuss the team navigating unfamiliar territory in a league that's relishing the opportunity to settle scores against them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Rise & Fall
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The Lakers have a history of sudden falls from contention status, only to rise back up and vault themselves back into the conversation of the league's best teams in just as sudden a turn. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how the team's struggles this season -- and their path back out of this hole -- can be informed by the past cycles this franchise has seen and how the lessons learned from this final stretch of games can also help guide their decision making moving forward.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Small Experiments
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The Lakers lost to the Raptors on Monday night in a game that was not as close as the final margin. Pete and Darius break down the game, focusing on how the Raptors small-ball lineups stood in stark contrast to how the Lakers micro groups and the advantages Toronto gained from their size discrepancy on the wings. Then later the guys discuss Wenyen Gabriel's fit on the roster and why they think he should play more, as well as their thoughts on Talen Horton-Tucker's recent stretch of games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
1 for 2
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Vastly different opponents brought out two different versions of the Lakers this weekend. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how these games illustrated the benefits and limitations of microball, the team’s tendency to fold at the first sign of adversity, and the team’s lack of attention to detail in the drive & kick game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
East Coast Rivalries
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The Eastern Conference gave us a good old fashioned rivalry game on Thursday night when the Nets and 76ers faced off in Philly, bringing all the drama of their trade deadline exchange along with them. Pete, Mike, and Darius use the Nets big win as an entry point to discuss a competitive East playoff race, who their favorites are, and why it feels like as many as 5 teams could end up winning the conference.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Focus
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A theme of this Lakers season has been their inability to conjure the respect and motivation to play engaged basketball vs. teams that aren't very good or that have bad records. This showed up again on Wednesday night in an overtime loss to the Rockets. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the potential root causes of this approach the Lakers so often take, and how much responsibility LeBron does and should carry in games like the loss against the Rockets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
The Young Guys
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How are the Lakers young players developing this season? How is it different trying to develop on a Lakers team, with LeBron James, and with championship aspirations? What growth have some of the Lakers young players made and in what ways has that met or exceeded expectations? Pete, Mike, and Darius look at Talen Horton-Tucker, Austin Reaves, and Malik Monk's seasons to this point and try to answer those questions and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Too Small
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The Lakers competed well, but missing LeBron James -- and the subsequent lack of frontcourt size with him out -- did them in vs. the Spurs on Monday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how much the team's lack of size mattered, how this game showed the limitations of the team's talent and some of the players skill sets, and why it's important to compete the way the team did -- even in defeat. Then later, the guys reflect on Russell Westbrook's post-game comments regarding criticism crossing over into something beyond on-court critique. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Masterpiece
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LeBron James provided a masterpiece performance over the weekend, scoring 56 points to fend off the Warriors and get the Lakers a much needed win. Pete and Darius discuss LeBron's game and what stood out to them most. Then later, the guys explain why they believe the starting lineup from the Warriors game should continue to start going forward, and discuss the search for other small-ball lineups to deploy in the middle parts of the game.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Landslide
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Losers of four games in a row and seven of their last eight, the Lakers are in a rut and need to dig themselves out of it. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the nature of being down the way the team currently is, why playing better can't just be about improving schemes or rotations, and how LeBron's leadership is needed now more than ever -- even if the asks being made of him aren't entirely fair considering the load he has to carry and the stage he's at in his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Playoff Picture
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What team inspires the most confidence they can get through the west playoffs and compete for a title? The Suns? The Warriors? The Grizzlies? What about a lower seed like the Mavs or the Nuggets? Pete, Mike, and Darius break out their confidence meters to debate who they most believe in to make a deep playoff run from the west. Then later, the guys talk about their confidence in the Lakers and whether they still believe this group has at least a puncher's chance against any of the conference's top teams. Plus, Mike gives us another mystery game to close out the pod! Game show music from Zapsplat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Rerun
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The Lakers played well on Tuesday night, but not enough to overcome some stagnant late game offense that ultimately cost them against the Mavericks. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, focusing on how the team's shortened rotation and smaller skewing lineups helped generate the pace and tempo they used to take their 4th quarter lead. Later, the guys discuss why Frank Vogel's ever-shifting lineups need to be resolved, and they attempt to dissect why the team goes on the scoring droughts they do.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Lakers Make a Couple Moves
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The Lakers have made some roster moves, waiving DeAndre Jordan, signing point guard D.J. Augustin to fill his roster spot, and adding forward Wenyen Gabriel on a two-way contract. Pete, Mike, and Darius dive into the games of both Gabriel and Augustin, focusing on their skill sets and what they add to the team, how both fit into different lineup types, and how much both should play once they settle in after signing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Unwatchable
2296
Over the weekend, the Lakers suffered a hard-fought loss to the Clippers before a terrible and unacceptable lack of effort doomed them in a blowout loss to the Pelicans on Sunday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the games and how the loss to the Pelicans showed a group of veteran players resigned to their fate, and what that should mean moving forward. Then later, the guys discuss some potential lineup changes and the mindset shift that needs to happen in order to get something of value out of the final quarter of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
The Narrow Path
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The Lakers have 24 games left to get the best out of their season and a narrow path forward after Anthony Davis' injury before the break. In this episode, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss LeBron's mentality, how the team can use their lack of size to their advantage, and the many obstacles they will face along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
3 Through 8
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Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Lakers' supporting cast around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the various responsibilities that the 3-8 spots fill on a good team, and why that portion of the roster has struggled this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
All Star Weekend
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All-Star Weekend felt especially Lakers-centric as several franchise icons participated in the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team celebration and LeBron James' game winning fadeaway led his team to another victory in Sunday's game, all while his future in Los Angeles was speculated on after he openly spoke about what lies ahead for him after his current contract expires. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the weekend's events, offering their takeaways on LeBron's comments, what stood out to them about the game, and why how that game played out could be an analogy for what the Lakers were trying to do with this season's team. Then later, the guys discuss their favorite parts of the 75th Anniversary Team celebration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Is It Worth It?
2412
With news that Anthony Davis will be out at least a month with a mid-foot sprain, the Lakers will need to make a determination on how hard to push for their final 24 games considering their place in the standings and the talent available to them. Pete and Darius discuss the team's calculus night to night, why LeBron's mentality towards these games puts him in the middle of it all, and how much Russ' spirit and competitiveness can propel the team. Later, the guys talk about whether the team can compensate defensively with AD out and why the last time he was hurt needs to inform the lineup decisions to inspire better defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
Resilience
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The Lakers got a bittersweet win on Wednesday night when they beat the Jazz in a thrilling 4th quarter comeback, but lost Anthony Davis to a 2nd quarter ankle injury that projects to keep him out of the lineup for some time. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the night's events, the team's resilience in the face of another injury, how Russell Westbrook's spirited play impacted the game, and how the Lakers just seem to match up very well with the Jazz. Later, the guys discuss how the team can approach games without AD and why their experience in that setting can help them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Mike's Mystery Pod
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The Lakers face the Jazz in their last game before the All-Star break and it's not a stretch to say this is a must-win game, not only for the standings but to keep the team's spirits up and to build some momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. Pete, Mike, and Darius preview the game and discuss the standings, but not before Mike puts both his co-hosts through a gauntlet of questions testing their knowledge of Lakers history. Game show music from Zapsplat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Talen & Austin
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Talen Horton-Tucker and Austin Reaves don't play the same style of game and both have had wildly different seasons in terms of expectations and their performance relative to them. But, as the Lakers head into the All-Star break, both project to be key performers and can build on a string of good performances -- particularly in their last game against the Warriors. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss both THT and Austin, offering thoughts on the growth in each of their games, how they've been positive contributors of late, and what the next steps are to get the best out of both in the team's final 25 games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Play Like That
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The Lakers lost another heartbreaker on Saturday, falling to the Warriors on a night that Klay got hot down the stretch and the Lakers stars weren't able to make the plays they needed to close out the game. But despite the loss, the Lakers showed a level of spirit and togetherness that will do them well if they can maintain it moving forward. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game in general, but also why, if the Lakers can just play like that, they'll get back on track and start to resemble a team that can strike fear into their opponents. Then later, the guys discuss some specifics of how the Lakers matchup with the Warriors and why Anthony Davis' play on offense will be the key factor when these teams play in the future. ReplyReply allForward Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
No Moves
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The trade deadline came and went with the Lakers making no moves. Pete, Mike, and Darius, discuss the team standing pat, where the team goes for here, and the trades that did go down around the NBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
Winds of Change
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As the Lakers lick their wounds from another terrible loss, the trade deadline is also upon them. Whether they make a major roster change or not, the team -- from the front office to the coaches to the players -- must look themselves in the mirror and determine what type of team they're going to be and what their goals are, both in the short and the long term. Pete and Darius discuss what comes next for these Lakers, and riff on why this team is where it is and what they see as appropriate steps for them coming out of the trade deadline and the all-star break. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Outclassed
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Pete, Darius & Mike discuss the fallout from the Lakers definitive loss to the Bucks, delving into some of the postgame comments by LeBron & Russ and try to find a way forward for the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
When to Switch
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To switch or not to switch, that is the question....for the Lakers defense. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the Lakers defensive philosophies, how much they are (and aren't) switching, why the coaches might be making the decisions they are, and debate whether there really is an all-the-time solution defensively for these Lakers considering the limitations of their personnel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Two Dragons
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Through all the turmoil and disappointment so far this season, there is still one simple truth to these Lakers: when you have LeBron James and Anthony Davis playing like the superstars they are, they can give you a path to a win. Saturday's game vs. the Knicks was more evidence of that as they, along with Malik Monk's hot 2nd half, led the Lakers to an overtime victory. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss LeBron and AD's performance, highlighting Bron's return and the details of how his slow start was erased by his fantastic 4th quarter. Later, the guys dive into Russell Westbrook's poor game, his benching in overtime, and whether he can climb out of his recent funk.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Heartbreaker
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 The basketball gods found a new way to torment Laker fans last night as they lost to the Clippers in the final moments of a well-played game. In this episode, Pete & Mike discuss the Lakers comeback and why they came up short, the implications of Carmelo Anthony's injury, and the increasingly difficult path to the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
Ugly Win
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A frustrating win is still a win, right? The Lakers certainly put that theory to the test in a squeaker of a victory vs. the Blazers that was more frustrating than fulfilling on Wednesday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, focusing on how the team's strong start devolving into a mistake riddled, low effort performance irked them so much. Later, the guys find the bright side by focusing on Anthony Davis' determination to win the game down the stretch and what that means for the string of games without LeBron and, specifically, vs. the Clippers Thursday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Bradley's Role
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Because of injuries, the need for a point-of-attack defender, and his familiarity with Frank Vogel's defensive schemes, Avery Bradley went from waiver wire pick up on the eve of opening night to the Lakers' starting shooting guard this season. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Bradley's play this year, whether he should remain a starter, and, if not, what the other solutions on the roster are and what they'd choose to do.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
LeBron's Knee
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The Lakers got more bad news on the injury front with reports that LeBron's troublesome left knee will likely keep him out of Wednesday's game vs Portland and possibly beyond. in this episode, Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the fallout of his absence, express frustration at the steady stream of injury issues over the last two seasons, and how Russell Westbrook's strong road trip gives the Lakers a way to win some games as they once again try to hold it down without one of their superstars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Backwards & Forwards
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The Lakers road trip closed with two close losses over the weekend, both without LeBron James who continues to deal with swelling in his knee. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how missing LeBron impacted the games and how the loss to the Hawks highlighted the team's depth issues at forward, particularly on defense. Later the guys debate how much a better back end of the roster could help the Lakers tread water and how damaging it's been to not have additional frontcourt depth with LeBron and Anthony Davis missing so much time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
So Close, So Far
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After a sore knee kept LeBron James out against the 76ers and then the Lakers lost by double digits in Philly, it's easy to be dispirited with where the team finds itself today. But, a dominant performance from Anthony Davis, even in a losing effort, inspires some hope that things might not be so bad. Pete and Darius discuss how they're feeling about the team coming out of the Philly game and how much AD looking how he did influences that. Later Mike joins the guys to riff on the All-Star voting results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
Dwight Tonight?
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Pete, Darius & Mike preview the Sixers game which will feature a white hot Joel Embiid and a prolific rebounder in Andre Drummond. They discuss whether they expect Dwight Howard to play, the Lakers' offensive rebounding issues, the importance of forging a team identity and some fun train facts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Lakers Get New Life
2559
Anthony Davis is back, Stanley Johnson started, Trevor Ariza didn't play, and the Lakers beat the Nets by keeping them at arm's length most of the night. Pete and Darius discuss the events of Tuesday night, drilling down into what stood out to them in AD's return and why his defensive performance is exactly what the Lakers needed from him. Later, the guys discuss Stanley Johnson's surprise shift into the starting lineup and how his energy and approach to defending Harden paid dividends later in the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
AD Returns
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Anthony Davis is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday night when the Lakers face off against the Nets in Brooklyn. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what to expect from AD in his return, how the Lakers can integrate him into the lineup defensively, some of the lineup combinations they're most interested in seeing with him back, and why what the team has learned about themselves with AD out can inform the best ways to utilize him moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Ariza
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The Lakers split a pair of games over the weekend, beating the Magic on Friday while losing to the Heat on Sunday. In both games, however, a consistent theme was the struggles of the current starting lineup. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss this new group of starters, their status as a placeholder group until Anthony Davis returns, and why Trevor Ariza's struggles stand out as worth monitoring in both the short and the long term. Later, the guys dive deeper into Ariza's game and wonder how long he should remain a starter with Stanley Johnson waiting in the wings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Laker Novelas
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It wouldn't be the Lakers if there weren't some drama too. This was true when Dr. Buss bought the team and it remains true today. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the team's history of managing the spotlight and accepting the drama that comes with playing for the Lakers and in Los Angeles, and also the benefits that come with it too.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
Benching Russ
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As has been all too common this season, the Lakers lost another game down the stretch -- this time against the Pacers and a red-hot shooting Caris LeVert who nearly outscored the entire Lakers team in the 4th quarter by himself. Pete and Darius discuss the game, using it as a microcosm for some of the Lakers larger issues and how the misalignment of players vs. scheme contributed to the team's defensive struggles down the stretch. Later, the guys discuss Russell Westbrook's late game benching and how they envision that getting resolved (or, not) as the team ventures out on a 6-game road trip.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Context on Vogel
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With recent reports that Frank Vogel's job may be in jeopardy, Pete, Mike, & Darius discuss the relevant context that has led to to this point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Bounce Back Win
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The Lakers had one of their best wins of the year on Monday night, beating the Jazz with a combination of defensive execution and timely offense down the stretch. From Stanley Johnson's big night to LeBron's balanced floor game to some key lineup and tactical shifts from Frank Vogel and the coaching staff, Pete, Mike, and Darius breakdown the game and discuss why this type of bounceback performance should serve as the template for how this team can play moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
We'll Be Better?
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The Lakers suffered a blowout loss to the Nuggets on Saturday and a day later LeBron James sent out a tweet apologizing to the fans and saying that they'll be better. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the loss to the Nuggets, but also LeBron's tweet and debate whether it's realistic to expect this version of the team to be better considering the talent and types of players they currently have on the roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
The Worst of Us
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In their loss to the Kings on Wednesday, some of the Lakers worst traits as a team were put on display. Pete, Mike, and Darius dissect the disappointing loss and explain where their concerns are and why the circumstances surrounding this game put an added level of importance on the team's resolve and resiliency heading into this next stretch of games against better opponents.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Russ at the Crossroads
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What is Russell Westbrook's ideal role on this version of the Lakers? How aggressive does he need to be? What should the team be doing to help him thrive on offense? Does that change when Anthony Davis comes back? Due to injuries and COVID absences, the first half of the season hasn't been as informative as we'd have liked, but we have a better idea of how to answer these questions than we did over the summer. Pete and Darius dive in on all things Russ and the path to getting the most helpful version of him and his game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Halfway Point
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The Lakers have hit the halfway point of the regular season, so there's no better time to reflect on what has happened to this point in the year, how much we do and do not know about this team, and where we think they're headed. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss some of their big picture takeaways through the halfway point -- from the injuries to the shift towards small ball to the load LeBron has had to carry on both sides of the ball. Later, the guys dive into Russell Westbrook's play, both the good and the bad, and how Anthony Davis' looming return could impact it all.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Mauled by Grizzlies
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The Lakers were mauled by the Grizzlies on Sunday night, showing both how good Memphis is as a team and how their specific personnel served as an antidote to many of the things the Lakers had been doing well in their win streak. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the limitations of the Lakers small-ball approach and how the team's sloppy execution did them in vs. a Grizzlies team that offers specific matchup busters and is playing high level basketball right now. Later, the guys discuss Anthony Davis and why some of the tactics the team used vs. Memphis would align much better with him on the court, and why the team is still using some of these schemes with AD unavailable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Can It Work in the Playoffs?
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With the Lakers playing more "microball" lineups that feature Russell Westbrook, should we worry they'll suffer the same fate as the 2019-20 Rockets? How much does this Lakers' season remind you of the cursed 2012-13 one? Where will Kendrick Nunn's minutes come from when he returns from injury? How does Anthony Davis fit into this new style of play? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and more in the latest LFR Podcast mailbag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
Dwight's Role
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As the Lakers embrace small-ball and centerless lineups, where does Dwight Howard fit into the rotation? And after playing very well in his last two appearances, should the Lakers try to find a consistent role for him? Pete, Mike, and Darius evaluate Dwight at this stage of his career, discuss why he's still a useful player on a team that's skewing smaller, and forecast where he might be most valuable in upcoming matchups. Later, the guys discuss the push happening in the bottom half of the West playoff bracket and why the Lakers recent run of good play needs to continue as the teams around them in the standings also find their stride. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
LeBron & Malik
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LeBron James and Malik Monk came up huge down the stretch of the 4th quarter in a come from behind win over the Kings on Tuesday night, giving the Lakers their 3rd straight win in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, focusing on Monk and LeBron's partnership and how Monk's offensive skill set allows him to thrive in the two-man game actions the team ran to close out the win. Later, the guys dive deeper into Monk's role and debate whether he should stay in the starting lineup when Anthony Davis returns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Roster Decisions
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With Stanley Johnson's 10-day contract expiring on Monday and Avery Bradley's contract guarantee date approaching this week, the Lakers have some roster decisions to make. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Johnson's status and whether they expect him back on the team and then they get into Bradley's play of late and whether they'd guarantee his contract by this Friday's deadline. Later, the guys discuss what the roster still needs and what type of player they'd chase in advance of next month's trade deadline.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
The Blueprint
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The Lakers were able to grind out a win vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday night, committing to playing their small-ball lineups even when they were struggling defensively and on the backboards. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Frank Vogel's choice to stay small, the significance of giving these groups a chance to succeed and fail on their merits, and how the blueprint of playing this style is coming together to put this team on a path to becoming the best version of themselves.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Let's Talk About THT
2385
The Lakers played a strong game vs. the Grizzlies, but weren't able to contain Ja Morant or hold on to a double digit 3rd quarter lead in a frustrating loss. Mike and Darius discuss the game, including LeBron's great night, where the game got away from the Lakers, and how both teams being shorthanded impacted the outcome. Later, the guys discuss Talen Horton-Tucker's recent struggles and anticipate how the return of Austin Reaves and Frank Vogel can help both THT and the team find their stride. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 30, 2021
No Big Island
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The Lakers downsized their lineup and traveled to No Big Island on Tuesday night, ending their 5 game losing streak with a win over the Rockets in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the lineup shift and breakdown the positives they saw, particularly on offense. Later, the guys discuss Malik Monk's play and where he fits into the rotation when the team downsizes, some of ways the team has missed Frank Vogel, and why the idealized version of this team is a mix of playing the smaller lineups David Fizdale has prioritized with some of the defensive game planning and adjustments that Vogel brings as head coach. ReplyReply allForward Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Not Dead Yet
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Despite the Lakers 16-18 start, unusual circumstances in the Western Conference have left the them within a game of the 5th seed. In this episode, Pete and Mike discuss the group of teams the Lakers will be competing with for playoff position, and the key stretches of the season that can help them get there. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 28, 2021
Stanley Johnson's Fit
2765
Stanley Johnson looked like a natural fit in his debut with the Lakers, as the team added both him and Darren Collison to 10-day contracts. In this episode, Pete and Mike discuss why his synergy with the team makes sense, the continuing domination of the LeBron at the 5 groups, and how the Brooklyn game illuminated some of Russell Westbrook's worst attributes. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
A New King
2722
Both the roster construction and circumstances of the season have lead LeBron James to play more and more as a big man. In this episode, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss his continuing evolution as a player, and how the Lakers can continue to develop around LeBron's changing role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
Margin for Error
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Despite a great effort from LeBron James, the Suns pulled away from the depleted Lakers in the 2nd half to hand them another defeat. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, including why even with so many players unavailable and the team expected to struggle, there were still reasons to be frustrated with how this game played out. Later the guys talk about finding the right balance between stars and role players in more lineups, and whether Trevor Ariza has shown enough since returning from injury to be moved into the starting lineup. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Reinforcements
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Talen Horton-Tucker and Dwight Howard are set to rejoin the Lakers after the team was reported to sign Jemerrio Jones to a 10-day contract and Mason Jones to a two-way deal. In this episode, Pete and Darius discuss the impact of these reinforcements, more on how Trevor Ariza helps, and continue their discussion on how the team can get the most out of this stretch without Anthony Davis. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
Lakers Lose AD
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In only the span of a few days, the Lakers have lost Anthony Davis for at least a month to a knee injury, had several players go into the NBA's health and safety protocols, signed Isaiah Thomas to a 10-day contract via a hardship exception, and had Trevor Ariza return to the lineup in his first action of the season after ankle surgery in September. Pete and Darius discuss all this news, including their initial impressions of Thomas and Ariza, as well as how losing AD changes the asks on LeBron and how much more or less taxing it is for him to play more minutes as a "big" with the team going to more center-less lineups.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
Skeleton Crew
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What a 24 hours for the Lakers, who see Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley join Dwight Howard and Talen Horton-Tucker in the health and safety protocols, Malik Monk produce negative tests and be able to rejoin the team, and the signing of Isaiah Thomas as a backup guard with a hardship exemption. Pete and Darius discuss all the latest news, while also getting into how the team might approach the upcoming games this weekend with such a depleted team. Later, the guys dive into how Frank Vogel might handle the rotation and some specifics they're looking forward to in Friday's matchup with the T'Wolves.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
Austin for the Win!
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After Wayne Ellington knocked down a last second 3-pointer to force overtime and Austin Reaves hit a near buzzer beater 3 to close out the OT, the Lakers won a thriller of a game vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss all things from the game -- including Mike pinch hitting on the radio call -- to break down the team's resilience, Austin's big shot, why the LeBron at the 5 groups struggled, and why these types of games are giving the team the reps they need to keep improving.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
COVID Hits the Lakers
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The NBA is under siege with new COVID cases and the Lakers are the most recent team to be impacted as Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, and Malik Monk all enter the NBA's health and safety protocols. As we all hope for low impact cases, quick recoveries, and containment of the virus, the basketball will (for now) go on. With that, Pete, Mike, and Darius react to the news by first discussing THT's recent play and how much losing him hurts, and then exploring how to replace him in the starting lineup and why they'd all choose Austin Reaves. Later, the guys discuss Kent Bazemore and whether he too should get a chance in the rotation as another wing option to help supplement Monk's absence. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
It's Our Anniversary
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Five years ago today, the Laker Film Room Podcast was born. Today, then, we celebrate the only way we know how: with another podcast. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss all things LFR podcast -- from the origin story of how it all came together to some of their favorite memories from doing the pod and everything in between. A special thanks to all of you who continue to listen and have supported us all these years.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Hail to the King
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The Lakers posted consecutive blowout wins over the weekend and LeBron James was the central reason why in both games. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Bron's resurgence and how it's come right as it's been most needed by both the team and, really, for himself. Later the guys talk about LeBron's improving health and how those have combined with schematic tweaks from the team to help him succeed.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Be About It
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After another disappointing loss on Thursday night, the Lakers have to take a long look in the mirror to determine what type of team they're going to be. Are they going to play hard every night? Are they going to commit to executing on both sides of the ball? Or, are they going to continue to cough up the ball on offense and only care half the time on defense? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the current state of the team and how the Grizzlies game was another example of the Lakers showing us all who they've been too many times this season. Later, the guys discuss the importance of accountability within the players and talk about tweaks that could help get the team back on track. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
Paradigm Shift
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Pete & Mike discuss whether there is a paradigm shift in Coach Vogel's lineups, as evidenced by the win over the Celtics, discussing whether this Lakers' team can be a small ball team led by ball handling, as opposed to shooting. Later, they discuss whether this upcoming road trip can further galvanize the team, and Mike reminisces about a momentous road trip during his first year with the Lakers - culminating in Kobe scoring 61 at the Garden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Lakers Beat the Celtics
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The Lakers took down the hated Celtics on Tuesday night in what was likely their best performance of the season. Pete & Darius discuss a great night that featured AD's return to the 5, Russell Westbrook's contributions on both ends, LeBron setting the tone, and more. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Suns & Warriors
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Through a quarter of the season, the Suns and the Warriors have differentiated themselves as the class of the Western Conference and, really, as two of the best teams in the entire NBA. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what stands out to them about what those teams are doing, in what areas the Lakers currently lag behind them and how they can close that gap. Later, the guys discuss where the Lakers might have some advantages over those teams -- particularly in a playoff setting -- and whether the Lakers current structure and roster are well equipped enough to actually challenge both teams down the road.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Unforced Errors
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Pete & Mike break down the Lakers' game against the Clippers on Friday, talking about the starting lineup, spacing, THT's effectiveness defending Paul George on defense, and much more. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Found Gold
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The Lakers got some unexpected good news on Thursday, with LeBron James returning from health and safety protocols earlier than expected and Trevor Ariza participating in his first practice of the season. In this episode, Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss a rare bit of good fortune and the ramifications of Dwight Howard replacing DeAndre Jordan in the starting lineup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
Malik's Spark
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Malik Monk is proving to be exactly what the Lakers need as a backup guard who can change the game with his shot making and scoring ability. His 2nd half vs. the Kings, where he posted a +41 in the boxscore, attests to that. But, with LeBron James out, should Monk take on a bigger role and be moved to the starting lineup? If so, who should he replace? Is his defense good enough to play a bigger role? Does his positive on-court partnership with Russell Westbrook override whatever concerns exist? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Monk's overall game to this point in the season by digging into these questions and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Dwight Makes His Case
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Dwight Howard was not expecting to play against the Kings on Tuesday night. Then, after only a few minutes into the game, Frank Vogel put DeAndre Jordan on the bench and turned to his future Hall of Fame big man for a defensive spark and energetic play. 35 minutes later, Dwight had scored 12 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and was a +27 in the boxscore. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Dwight's big night and him making his case to leapfrog Jordan in the Lakers rotation. Later, the guys discuss different lineup options that feature Dwight and the challenges Frank Vogel faces when trying to find consistency in veteran minimum role players. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
LeBron at the 5
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How much Center should LeBron play? Why have these lineups worked and how taxing are those minutes? What teammates fit best next to LeBron when he plays the 5 and can they survive defensively? With Frank Vogel saying he likes the looks of the lineups with LeBron at the 5 and committing to giving them more time, Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and explain why they're on board with this shift and why it makes sense for LeBron at this stage of his career.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
The Little Things
2576
The Lakers are a .500 team through 22 games and a common theme in the contests they've won is that they have done a lot of the "little things" well. And, the opposite is very much true in the games they've lost. Pete, Mike, and Darius explore this idea of the little things and why the Lakers don't always commit to doing them, even though it clearly impacts winning and losing on a fundamental level. Later, the guys get into whether it's fair to ask LeBron and Anthony Davis to do more of these things in order to compensate for some of their teammates' inability to do them.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Sense of Urgency
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The Lakers loss to the Knicks followed a familiar formula where the team showed a real lack of urgency and an inability to muster the needed effort to compete and win during a key stretch of the game. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss this trend, why it happens, and how the team ultimately worked their way out of that funk to go on the run that got them back into the game vs. the Knicks. Later, the guys discuss Russell Westbrook's recent stretch of strong play and how both he and his teammates are adjusting to each other.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Stats & Clues
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Injuries and early season struggles have led Frank Vogel to try a variety of different lineups as he searches for solutions. In this episode, Pete and Darius discuss the hints and clues found in the resulting lineup data, including THT’s positive impact on an emerging Russ + AD group, the team’s surprising rebounding struggles when LeBron is on the floor, and more. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Rollercoaster Weekend
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On a day LeBron James got ejected for a flagrant 2 foul and the Lakers nearly found themselves in a brawl as a result, the team had a great comeback win over the Pistons. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game's events, including how Russell Westbrook put the team on this back in the 4th quarter, how Anthony Davis joined him, and how Frank Vogel made some strategic shifts to help his team along the way. Later, the guys get into what the larger takeaways from the game are and whether what the showed down the stretch can be lasting or not.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Protecting the Rim
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As the Lakers continue to start Anthony Davis at Center and, in general, shift towards lineups that only play a single traditional big man at a time, their defensive approach will need to continue to be refined and adapt to these new lineup types. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the evolving nature of the Lakers defense, using the success of the zone defense the team played against the Bucks as a jumping off point. Later, the guys try to determine what defensive approach can be best in the short and long term and how much it might need to change night to night and lineup to lineup considering the team's personnel.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Two Steps Forward
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The Lakers may have lost to the Bucks, but the positive steps taken offensively and some of the adaptability they showed defensively were encouraging. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game and, more specifically, why Russell Westbrook's decision making within offensive possessions was a key driver of the team's success on that end of the floor. Later, the guys discuss Talen Horton-Tucker's continued strong play in his return from injury and why both his offensive development and defensive tools were helpful against the Bucks and how they project to help the team long term. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Big Road Trip
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With a 5-game road trip about to begin and LeBron James returning soon, the Lakers are facing an important part of their schedule that Frank Vogel believes will be "good for the team." Pete and Darius break down the specific things they'd like to see improve on this trip and why playing with better pace and tempo are a key part of the identity the team is trying to form. Later, the guys discuss Anthony Davis' importance in the matchups vs. the Bucks and Celtics and why LeBron's return represents a line of demarcation for what expectations should be for the team's success. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Offensive Struggles
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The Lakers suffered another blowout loss on Monday night, falling to the Bulls in a game that saw the defense struggle to contain Chicago's dynamic guards and the offense sputter under the weight of active and creative double teams. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the game, highlighting some of the offensive struggles from the game and detailing why they fit into some larger issues on that side of the ball this season. Later, the guys sort through some of the things they'd like to see shift offensively, particularly now that Anthony Davis is playing so many minutes at Center. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
THT Returns
2533
The Lakers got a much needed bounce-back win on Sunday vs. the Spurs and a major lineup shift combined with the return of Talen Horton-Tucker were big reasons why. Pete and Darius start out talking Kent Bazemore's DNP-CD, but then dive deep on THT's return, highlighting how well he played on offense, his improved defensive effort and execution, and how his play down the stretch really helped seal the win. Later the guys discuss Wayne Ellington's hot shooting night and why some of the little things on defense were so important when the team played their smaller lineups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
Dead Legs
2366
After leading by 5 at halftime, the Lakers got blown out in the 2nd half by the Timberwolves, losing a game where they looked increasingly fatigued and without enough juice to run with a young opponent. Pete and Darius discuss the game and explain whether this was preventable or if it's just one of those nights that happens in the NBA. Later, the guys discuss what they learned about the Lakers in a week they went 2-1 and what to make of Kent Bazemore's recent struggles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2021
Flamethrowers
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The Lakers won another thriller of an overtime game on Wednesday, beating the Miami Heat via a monster scoring night from Malik Monk and hot shooting from the rest of the team. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game through the lens of the Lakers long range specialists and how Monk, Carmelo Anthony, and Wayne Ellington are finding their stride with more opportunity to play. Later, the guys discuss the defensive ability of those three players and how Frank Vogel can strike the right balance of keeping them on the floor as shooters while protecting them on defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
Russ the Decisionmaker
2446
Russell Westbrook had 5 turnovers in the 4th quarter of Monday's win over the Hornets and, while extreme, this represents some of the ball security struggles he's had this season so far. Pete, Mike, and Darius parse some of Russ' turnover issues with his general decision making as a lead ball handler and try to navigate what can and cannot change in trying to get better results without compromising the traits that make Westbrook the dynamic player he is.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Thriller vs Charlotte
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The Lakers held on to outlast the Hornets on Monday night, earning a much needed win in overtime and stopping their 2-game losing streak in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game by focusing on some of the more positive aspects they saw -- from the starter's first shift together to Frank Vogel's quick lineup shift in the 3rd quarter to AD's overall impact on a game when he wasn't his best physically. Later the guys get into some of the lineup qualities the team will need to help support Anthony Davis when he plays center and discussed some of the specifics of the plays he made late in the game that helped seal the win. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
Fair Expectations
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With LeBron James still out and the Lakers other injuries still very much impacting their ability to play productive lineups, what should our expectations of the team be night to night? Pete, Mike, and Darius try to answer this question, discuss how they're looking at this upcoming stretch of home games, and whether playing more lineups that lean towards offense could lead to smaller successes within any given game.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
5-4
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Another LeBron James injury coupled with another loss to the Thunder have the Lakers frustrated and looking for solutions to a growing number of problems. Postgame, Frank Vogel said the Lakers must have "big picture patience and short term urgency". With that as a backdrop, Pete, Mike, and Darius look at the current state of the team and sort through their current level of expectations considering the state of the roster and the upcoming slate of games vs. tougher opponents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
Defensive Fits
2572
When the Lakers are at their best defensively, they're flying around the court, trapping, and really pressuring offenses into mistakes and misses. This style, however, isn't a sustainable approach over the marathon that is the NBA season. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how the Lakers can play a more conservative brand of defense effectively, offer their own ideas of how to accomplish this, and question whether it's possible at all with the current injuries and roster construction.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Wild Ride
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The Lakers held on to beat the Rockets on Tuesday night in a wild ride of a game that, in many ways, represents the Lakers season to this point. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down the performance against the Rockets, highlighting how well the team scored in the paint and what ingredients went into that success. Later, the guys get into more lineup questions and dive into why Carmelo Anthony's shooting and scoring prowess is making him a key ingredient in some of the team's best performing groups.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
NBA Is Back
2578
Turmoil in Boston? That's a shame. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Marcus Smart's comments about teammates Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics struggles, and dive into why having big wings as your primary shot creators can have its limitations. Then, in moving onto more things they enjoy seeing, the guys go around the NBA to discuss Ja Morant's rise, the new look Bulls, and how the changes in how games are officiated is positively impacting the viewing experience. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Finding Gold
2562
With wins over the Cavs and the Rockets over the weekend, the Lakers look like they're in the early stages of figuring things out as a team. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss some of the things they're encouraged with after the two wins, zeroing in on better defensive effort and how the team's "small" starting lineup played against Houston. Later, the guys discuss Avery Bradley's play and how he symbolizes some of the strides the team has made defensively. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Collapse in OKC
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The Lakers fell apart, blowing a huge first half lead to lose their game vs. the Thunder. Pete, Mike, and Darius perform an autopsy on the game, offering their thoughts on what went wrong and why the team wasn't able to get things back on track once the Thunder started to make their comeback. Later, the guys discuss the team's defensive identity and how much of the team's struggles on that end of the floor is related to personnel vs. scheme vs. the mentality and focus of the players.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Comeback in San Antonio
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Not all wins are created equal, and a come from behind win on the road, on a night the Lakers didn't have LeBron James and several other role players, with top flight performances from Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, counts a little bit more as a building block victory for this team. Pete and Darius discuss the win, highlighting Russ' big night and how the Lakers can try to bottle up some of what worked this game for when LeBron returns. Later, the guys discuss AD's big night on both sides of the floor as well as Malik Monk's huge contributions to the win. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Great to Be Back
2571
The NBA season is only a week old, but we've already been treated to some great individual performances and some teams looking to make more noise than preseason projections predicted. Pete, Mike, and Darius go around the NBA to talk about what they've liked so far this season, focusing in on some Western Conference teams and players who have caught their eye for better and, in some cases, for worse.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Stay Me7o
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The Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies for their first win of the season and Carmelo Anthony's big scoring night was a major reason why. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how Melo got it going, why the sets and lineups he's used in led to his success, and how he fits on this roster is coming into greater focus through three games. Later, the guys discuss Melo's defense and why the way Vogel schemes around him hint at the ways the team is best suited to play defense overall.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Standing Out vs. Fitting In
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LeBron James said that Russell Westbrook, like himself and Anthony Davis, shouldn't be worried about "fitting in" on the Lakers, but instead, as one of the team's stars, he sometimes needs to "stand out" and just play his own game. Pete, Mike, and Darius explore the idea of how Russ can best be deployed in order to be most effective and Russ' own role in making that happen. Then later, the guys discuss the upcoming matchup with the Suns and offer predictions on how the game will go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Paint to Great
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Russell Westbrook's struggles on opening night should not be surprising considering some of the lineups he played in and how much he was (or was not) set up for success. Pete, Mike, and Darius debate some of the lineup decisions made and whether catering more to Russ' style of play will better promote success or whether, due to injuries and roster construction, making those changes would just be setting the team up for different types of struggles where weaknesses from other players get exposed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Lakers Fall on Opening Night
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The Lakers dropped their season opener to the Warriors 121-114 in a game that saw LeBron and Anthony Davis score and defend well, but none of their teammates really have a positive night on either side of the ball. Pete and Darius breakdown the game, focusing on LeBron and AD's strong nights, how the big starting lineup fared, some of the team's defensive struggles, and how injuries forced some really ill-fitting lineups onto the floor. Later, the guys discuss Russell Westbrook's rough night and how a convergence of his own limitations and the groupings he played with contributed to his struggles. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Western Conference Preview
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In forecasting how far the Lakers can go this season, it's best to first examine their position in the Western Conference relative to the rest of the teams. Pete, Mike, and Darius go through the entire conference, using a tiered system to analyze who are the conference's best teams and how the Lakers stack up against them, as injuries and uncertainty loom large for several of its best teams. Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Lakers Season Preview
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The Lakers enter the 2021-22 season with high expectations, and with more questions than answers. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the upcoming season through the lens of what we know, what we don't, and how it all can come together on both sides of the ball under the guidance of head coach Frank Vogel and the team's star players.  Visit https://www.tickpick.com/lfr/ to save $10 on your first order of tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Agents of Chaos
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The Lakers dropped their preseason finale on Thursday night, but in the process gave us even more insight into the type of team they're trying to be and the preferred style they want to play. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how speed, tempo, and creating chaos are pillars of the Lakers approach and how well it's working so far. Later, the guys talk about LeBron's strong play, an improving Russ, and some of their final thoughts on the team now that preseason is over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Big 3 Debut
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The Lakers fell to 0-5 in the preseason after losing to the Warriors on Tuesday night, but all was not lost as we got our first glimpse at how the LeBron, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis trio looks on the court together. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss their takeaways from those first minutes together, particularly the ramped up pace they played with offensively and some of the team's defensive challenges. Later, the guys discuss Carmelo Anthony's defense, offer some praise for Austin Reaves, and get into who the ideal 5th starter would be for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Injury Bug
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The Lakers have been hit with the injury bug, losing Trevor Ariza and now Talen Horton-Tucker for extended stretches. With Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn also dealing with minor issues, the team's depth is further compromised, especially on the wing. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the ramifications of having these players out, particularly the impact on the defensive side of the ball. Later, the guys discuss what they hope to see in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors when LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook will play together for the first time this preseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Pace Yourself
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Pete and Mike discuss the Lakers' casual approach to preseason after a string of blowout losses, Russell Westbrook's early turnovers, and why coming changes in Tuesday night's game against the Warriors may fundamentally change how the team plays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Getting Better
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Through their first two preseason games, the Lakers have had some rough moments defensively. Pete and Darius discuss some of the team's struggles and dive into ideas of how the team can improve on that end of the floor and embracing the work needed to perform as well as needed on that end of the floor. Later, the guys discuss the team's guard rotation, what their specific strengths are on defense, and how to leverage those so they can play meaningful minutes in high stakes games.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Ariza's Injury
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The Lakers' lack of size and defensive cohesion were evident in their blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns, particularly in the backcourt. In this episode, Pete and Mike discuss the guard rotation after Frank Vogel's pre-game comments about Kent Bazemore separating himself from his competition, before reacting to the news of Trevor Ariza's injury breaking in the middle of the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Pau
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Pau Gasol announced that he is retiring from professional basketball, sparking an outpouring of love and sharing of memories from Lakers fans from around the world. Pete, Mike, and Darius join the chorus of those celebrating Pau by reminiscing about his NBA career, particularly his time with the Lakers and their run to three straight NBA Finals and winning of back to back championships. From Pau's brilliance on the court to his partnership with Kobe to his playoff performances in the 2009 and 2010 season, the guys share their favorite memories of one of their favorite Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Combos & Clues
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From starting DeAndre Jordan next to Anthony Davis to playing lineups that featured multiple shooters who can struggle defensively, Frank Vogel put forward some lineup groupings in the preseason opener that could provide us some insight into his mindset about this season's Lakers. Pete and Darius discuss what, if anything, they learned from some of those groupings and then forecast what it might mean moving forward. Later, the guys discuss how the LeBron and Dwight Howard pairing could factor into bench units and whether Russell Westbrook's tendency to play in similar parts of the game as LeBron will influence what those bench groupings look like.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Preseason Opener
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With both teams missing the majority of their superstar players, the Lakers and Nets opened their preseason on Sunday afternoon -- with Brooklyn winning after a 4th quarter runaway. But, even with so much talent in street clothes, we got some insights into how the Lakers want to play and some data points we can learn from moving forward. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, focusing on some of the lineup choices Frank Vogel made, how the team looked defensively, and how much we should take away from the shooting performances put on by Malik Monk and Wayne Ellington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Preseason Preview
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What do we expect from the Lakers as they head into their first preseason game? What will their defense look like? How do they translate the desire to play more in transition to actually executing that style of play? How will Frank Vogel scheme his team's half court offense to optimize the shot creation of his star players? Pete and Darius tackle these questions and more as they discuss what they're most looking forward to in the preseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
First Practice
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In the aftermath of their first practice of training camp, Frank Vogel said he wants the Lakers to be the best fast break team in the NBA this season. From Russell Westbrook's speed, Anthony Davis playing more minutes at the 5, and the subtle shifts in roster construction to accommodate the approach, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Vogel's premise and why it is (and isn't) a departure from past iterations of the Lakers under this head coach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Media Day
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Lakers Media Day has come and gone, and with it we got our first glimpse at the new look team all in the same room, offering us their thoughts and expectations for this upcoming season. From LeBron's comments about his partnership with Russell Westbrook to Carmelo Anthony telling us about why he joined the Lakers at this stage of his career to Frank Vogel talking about defensive expectations, Pete, Mike, and Darius break down what stood out most to them from an eventful day on the eve of training camp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Final Thoughts
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With less than a week before Lakers training camp opens, what are you most curious about heading into the season? What is your biggest concern? What excites you most about this Lakers team? What do you think their biggest playoff challenge will be? Pete, Mike, and Darius tackle these questions and more as they offer their final thoughts on the team of what has been an adventurous and change-filled offseason.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Year 19
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LeBron James enters his 19th NBA season with a new superstar teammate to mesh with, questions about his durability and health after suffering a high ankle sprain last season, and the burden of remaining an elite player expected to lead his team to a championship at a point in his career most stars have already receded into the background as role players. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the challenges LeBron faces this season, what their expectations are for him, and how they expect the question of his partnership with Russell Westbrook will be answered once they're on the court together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
AD
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Anthony Davis looks to have a bounce back season on a team where he’ll be more important than ever. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss his role on the reimagined Lakers roster, and what he must do to get back to championship form. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
THT's Microskills
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Pete and Mike are joined by PD Web (Twitter: @abovethebreak3) to discuss Talen Horton Tucker's offensive and defensive development, going in depth into THT's progress on his jump shot, his spatial awareness and advantage creation skills on offense and defense, and why it might be important to view his development as 2 players: one who can help a team now with championship aspirations and one who can be featured with a bigger role as a 25 year old player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Buy or Sell
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How competitive the NBA is and whether the teams we believe can be contenders or take a big leap forward, ultimately depends on whether the trajectory of players like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, or Nikola Jokic remain ascendant. Pete, Mike, and Darius go around the NBA to look at these players (and some other, former Lakers too!), to give their initial prognosis on whether they can be as good as they were last season and what that means for their respective teams.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Lakers Sign DeAndre Jordan
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The Lakers have signed DeAndre Jordan, adding to their center rotation and, in the process, potentially revealing more about the proposed stylistic identity of the team. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the signing, focusing on how Jordan can help offensively, his defensive limitations and whether the Lakers can better compensate for them than the Nets did, and what role they envision him playing in the team's rotation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Cedric & the Lake Show
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In the period between when the Showtime Lakers ruled the NBA and the Shaq/Kobe Lakers ran roughshod over the league, there was the "LakeShow" teams that, while never competing for a championship, captivated the hometown fans with a brash and fun style of playing the game. While he was only on the team for a little over two seasons, Cedric Ceballos was instrumental in ushering in the LakeShow and helping set the foundation for the team that ultimately was able to lure Shaq from Orlando. Pete and Darius discuss Ceballos' game, his importance to those teams, and why that era of Lakers basketball offers a real nostalgia for them as fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
The Basketball Gods - Magic Johnson
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Many cultures throughout history believed that a collection of gods represented certain principles and governed specific domains accordingly. The God of the Sea, the Goddess of Love, the God of the Sky, etc. Basketball is no different. While some basketball gods are more powerful than others, various players, coaches, and other figures throughout the league’s history act as emissaries who illustrate a fundamental truth about the game. In the continuation of our series on The Basketball Gods, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the God of Vision: the transcendent Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and how he transformed the game for its next generation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Vogel's Challenge
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Frank Vogel has a well earned reputation as one of the game's elite defensive coaches. But the 2021-22 roster is more offensively minded than his previous Lakers teams. In this episode, Pete, Mike & Darius explore the adjustments Vogel can make to get the most out of this new look group on both ends of the floor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Quick Hitters 9/3
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In the latest LFR Pod mailbag, Pete & Mike answer questions about the potential advantages & disadvantages of having someone like Marc Gasol on a team with Russell Westbrook, the culprit for the low number of lobs thrown to AD last season, whether THT should get some time at small forward, despite his weakness at guarding at that position, who would they say is the most important player to this team's success (outside of LeBron, AD & Russ), and whether this is the year that the Lakers can reduce LeBron's minutes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
A Look at the Schedule
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Should we expect the Lakers to get off to a quick start and rack up wins to begin the season? What can we learn about this team by the time they take their first long road trip in January? Is there a month of the schedule that is most important to the team's success? Pete, Mike, and Darius try to answer these questions and many more when they take a deep dive into the Lakers 2021-22 schedule.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Rondo Returns
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Rajon Rondo is back on the Lakers! Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Rondo's return, reflecting not only on their feelings to see him added back to the roster after the up, down, and back up again first tenure with the team, but on the tangible and intangible qualities he brings in his 2nd stint. Later, the guys discuss Rondo's relationship with Frank Vogel and how they envision that impacting Rondo's playing time and Rondo's influence in the locker room.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
What Do the Lakers Still Need
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With the Lakers roster nearly complete, the question must be asked: What does this team still need? From a wing defender, to more youthful energy, to a more traditional power forward, Pete, Darius and Mike explore the Lakers roster and try to figure out if areas where the team is lacking and, if so, how much it matters on a roster that has LeBron and Anthony Davis as all court talents and Russell Westbrook intensity and competitiveness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
Around the NBA
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Pete, Darius & MIke survey the new NBA landscape after most of the offseason has been completed, talking about which teams have improved, which teams they felt did not do enough, which teams around the NBA are title contenders, while engage in a spirited debate about how the Lakers would fare against them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Talking Westbrook w/Royce Young
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For the conclusion of Westbrook Week, Pete & Mike talk to ESPN's Royce Young, who has covered Russell Westbrook since he was drafted into the NBA, to discuss Russ as a young player, how he has been misunderstood as a player, how Russ has adjusted his game throughout the years, & how Royce sees Westbrook fitting in with the 2022 Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
Rebound & Run
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The Lakers have the potential to be one of the most devastating transition teams in the league, and Russell Westbrook will be a major part of establishing that identity. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the specifics of Westbrook's skill as a transition player and how his ability meshes with LeBron and Anthony Davis'. Later, the guys discuss why pushing the pace needs to be a core part of their offensive approach and how hunting transition chances can help the team's half-court offense.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Westbrook's Defense
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Anthony Davis is the Lakers best defensive player and LeBron James has shown he can still be elite on that end, but with the amount of perimeter defensive talent that left the team, Russell Westbrook might just be the Lakers most important defender this season. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Westbrook's strengths and weaknesses defensively, why his flaws can be particularly problematic for this specific roster, and how his physical tools and ability to rebound are reasons for optimism. Later, the guys discuss how Russ plays into the "bigger, stronger, faster" approach to this roster and why that matters defensively.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Westbrook's Shooting
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If there's a reason to down on the Lakers' acquisition of Russell Westbrook, his poor outside shooting -- and proclivity to shoot those shots anyway -- is probably at the top of the list. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how much Westbrook's shooting struggles matter, whether they think he'll adjust his game and cut down on the number of jumpshots he takes, and what types of schematic adjustments they think can work to help Westbrook be an off-ball threat when defenses help off him.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Westbrook the Playmaker
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What are Russell Westbrook's strengths as a playmaker? Are there parts of his game as a passer and shot creator that are surprising? Should we be discounting his assist totals because his usage rate is so high? In the first episode of our Westbrook Week series, Pete, Mike, and Darius examine Westbrook the playmaker and what about that aspect of his game excite and concern them. Later, the guys get into how much LeBron may need to adjust in helping foster Russ' playmaking skills and how they envision Russ and Anthony Davis pairing performing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Monk & Ellington
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In Wayne Ellington and Malik Monk, the Lakers signed two players who shot over 40% from behind the arc last season, but did so in very different ways. Pete, Mike, and Darius look at how the specifics of both players' shooting profiles can help the Lakers and how each one might excel within the types of offensive sets the team runs. Later, the guys look at each players' defensive utility and wonder if Frank Vogel will be able to mask their limitations enough for either to be a consistent rotation player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Melo & Ariza
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Pete, Darius & Mike talk about Carmelo Anthony's & Trevor Ariza's games & what they see is the best fit & role for them on the offensive & defensive ends of the floor for next season's Lakers team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
How Bazemore Fits In
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Kent Bazemore is a well-rounded player who doesn't do any one thing great, but does a lot of things well enough to impact the game in multiple ways. Will this type of versatility lead him to starting for the Lakers? Will changing from the ball-movement heavy Warriors system to the Lakers more star-centric, isolation and post heavy system hurt his productivity? What is his best defensive position? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss these questions and many more when looking at how Bazemore fits on this Lakers team.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
How Nunn Fits In
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Yes, the Lakers now profess to have a big-3 of superstar talents, but newcomer Kendrick Nunn just might be the team's x-factor this season. Pete, Darius, and Mike dissect Nunn's game, looking at his strengths and weaknesses, how they believe he'll fit in on the team on both sides of the ball, and whether he could end up being a surprise starter if the Lakers pivot away from playing big to begin games as they have the last two seasons.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
How Much Defense Is Enough?
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After remaking their roster this offseason, the Lakers added many talented players -- but ones whose skill sets skew more towards offense. Under head coach Frank Vogel, however, the Lakers have won with a culture of defensive intensity and commitment. Do the Lakers have enough defense this season? Can Anthony Davis and LeBron continue to set the tone on that end? Can Russ turn his focus up to be better? Will this team simply care enough to defend hard if they're as good on offense as they expect to be? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and more when examining the Lakers defensive potential. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
Sacrifice
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When the Lakers introduced many of their newly signed free agents, a common theme among several of them in their comments was the need to sacrifice so the team could be at their best. Pete, Mike, and Darius explore the idea of sacrifice in the context of this year's team and discuss how that idea could mean different things for different players. Later, the guys look at the roster construction of the team and discuss if there are skills or a specific player type missing and whether they think the front office will try to address any outstanding needs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
Who Should Start?
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We know LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook are going to start for the Lakers, but who will join them? Will Anthony Davis start at Center? Is Marc Gasol and his spacing be the best option for this group or would Dwight Howard's rim protection and physicality prove the better choice? At shooting guard, will Kent Bazemore or Wayne Ellington get the nod? Is THT in the mix there? Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss all these questions and more as they try to put themselves in Frank Vogel's shoes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
Whole New Team
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In what seems like a yearly tradition for the Lakers under Rob Pelinka's stewardship, the team's roster was almost completely turned over, headlined by a trade for Russell Westbrook and signing an entire new group of high profile role players. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss all the changes, focusing on the team's clear shift towards offensive minded players, what they expect from Russell Westbrook, and what role players intrigue them the most. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Farewell to the Champs
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Via trades and free agency, the Lakers have not only added several high level contributors who they hope to win a championship with, they said goodbye to several key players from the 2019-20 title team. Pete, Mike, and Darius say goodbye to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, and Alex Caruso by talking about their contributions to the Lakers over the years and their favorite moments from those player's time with the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS A LAKER
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Before the other Lakers' free agent signings, Pete, Darius & Mike react to Russell Westbrook being a Laker, talking about how Westbrook playing with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, how much Russ will have to adapt to the team as opposed to how much the team will have to adapt to Westbrook, slotting, how Westbrook will amplify AD, Russ being a floor raiser, how Russ will benefit LeBron, spacing & shooting, and Westbrook's prior struggles in the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 07, 2021
Summer League Preview
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The Lakers begin summer league play in the California Classic on Tuesday, giving fans their first opportunity to watch undrafted free agents Austin Reaves, Joel Ayayi, and Chaundee Brown get their first action for the team. Mike Garcia rejoins Pete, Mike, and Darius to discuss these prospects and what to expect from them in these games as summer play begins. Later, the guys discuss how valuable summer league can be for evaluating young players and whether these games can be a springboard for future success with the Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Three Stars
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A draft day report that the Lakers will add a 3rd star to flank LeBron James and Anthony Davis shook up the league, and has implications both towards how the team will play next season and how the rest of the roster can and should be constructed. Pete and Darius discuss the new direction the team is taking, how much of a call back to their championship season the rumored move is, and debate what player types and skills the front office should target when building out a contending team around three star players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
Lakers Draft Preview: Hidden Gems
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 In part 2 of their discussion on 2021 NBA draft prospects who could help the Lakers, Pete, Darius, and Mike Garcia take a look at players who might be less ready to contribute next season but who offer real upside or are hidden gems Lakers fans should be aware of. From playmaking guards to lob-catching bigs to 3-and-D wings, the guys go on a deep dive of players who the team could target at pick #22 or could take later in the draft if they trade down.  Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Lakers Draft Preview: Ready to Contribute
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With the 22nd pick in the 2021 NBA Draft the Los Angeles Lakers select....? That is the question we're all trying to answer and to try and sort through all of the potential options, Pete and Darius are joined by Mike Garcia to break down the most rotation ready prospects who could be available when the Lakers are on the clock. From Chris Duarte to Jared Butler to Trey Murphy III and Kessler Edwards, the guys discuss players who have the potential to play a real role on next season's Lakers. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Lakers Offseason Preview
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This offseason will give us a lot of insight into how anxious the Lakers are to add a 3rd star to their roster in complement to LeBron and Anthony Davis while also informing us of the organization's willingness to pay and go deep into the luxury tax when building a championship roster. Pete, Mike, and Darius dive into these topics by using some of the free agent and potential trade targets the Lakers have been linked to as a guide to what direction the team might go in.  Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
The Basketball Gods - SHAQ
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Many cultures throughout history believed that a collection of gods represented certain principles and governed specific domains accordingly. The God of the Sea, the Goddess of Love, the God of the Sky, etc. Basketball is no different. While some basketball gods are more powerful than others, various players, coaches, and other figures throughout the league’s history act as emissaries who illustrate a fundamental truth about the game. In the first episode of a series on The Basketball Gods, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the God of Power: the incomparable Shaquille O’Neal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Giannis Leads Bucks to a Title
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The Bucks are the NBA champions, beating the Suns in game 6 on the back of a masterful 50 point, 14 rebound, 5 block performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pete, Mike, and Darius celebrate Giannis' performance to lead his team to the title and discuss why they're happy to see him, specifically, succeed in this way. Later, the guys debate what the Bucks title can teach us about roster construction and how it might impact the Lakers approach this off-season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
Big Guards
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Last season the Lakers won a championship with a "bigger, faster, stronger" roster grounded in the talents of LeBron and Anthony Davis, but supplemented with role players who carried those same attributes. This season, the Bucks are on the verge of winning a championship using a similar formula. Pete and Darius use this idea to discuss what approach the Lakers should take to building their roster this offseason, specifically looking at whether more size in their backcourt is needed, debating what type of investment the team should make at Center, whether Talen Horton-Tucker can be a solution to the team's needs for more size and skill on the wing, and how seeking out more size comes with the potential of losing other valuable skills that help you win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Bucks Win Game 5 Classic
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After coming back from a 16 point deficit after the 1st quarter and then holding on vs. a late game Suns rally, the Bucks won game 5 and are only a win away from the NBA championship. Pete and Darius break down the game, keying in on Jrue Holiday's monster performance on both ends of the floor and how his "power" game as a guard epitomizes the Bucks' physical advantages taking their toll on the Suns as the series advances.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Wide Open West
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With Kawhi Leonard's partially torn ACL and the anticipated time that Kawhi will be out in rehab after undergoing surgery to repair it, the seeding for the Western Conference is wide open. Pete & Mike discuss what teams they think will be on top of the West next season, as well as what team Pete thinks Lakers should be wary of as a potential contender as a Lakers' fan. They continue their discussion with a discussion of whether the NBA has tilted too far toward preferring skill over size, why Talen Horton-Tucker could prove to be crucial to the Lakers' offseason, a short tribute to how dominant Shaq was (also acting as a preview to an upcoming episode on Shaq), Mike's "update" on Darius's vacation 😂 & much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Bucks Even Up the Series
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The Bucks tied up the series on Wednesday night with an engaging game where the Suns led for the majority of the game. Pete & Mike talk about Milwaukee's adjustments that they employed in Game 4, Giannis's AMAZING BLOCK, why the Bucks' have a higher offensive floor in this series, and what adjustments Phoenix can make for Game 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
Talent Plays
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The Lakers have a long history of prioritizing talent, but that can result in quality players being unhappy with their role, minutes, and touches. In this episode, Pete and Mike discuss the delicate balance between acquiring the best players available with and those who will fully buy in to their roles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
Quick Hitters 7/12
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In the latest LFR Pod mailbag, Pete & MIke answer questions about what the Lakers can do (other than getting shooters) to improve their scoring, structural changes in the NBA that could be made to improve the league, soccer, building the team around AD or LeBron, favorite albums that came out after 2010, unsung heroes within the Lakers organization, and advice for people who are stuck in a rut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Different Paths
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Pete and Mike discuss their different paths toward covering the Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
Suns Control Game 1
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The Phoenix Suns continued their torrid playoff run with a convincing Game 1 victory over Milwaukee. In this episode, Pete and Mike discuss Phoenix targeting Brook Lopez on switches, Phoenix’s adaptability, and the options Milwaukee has to counter their attack in Game 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
NBA Finals Preview
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The NBA Finals bring two not so recent combatants to the field. Pete, Darius & Mike preview the matchup between the Suns and the Bucks, discussing how soon they expect to see Giannis Antetokounmpo playing in the series, the intriguing matchup between Deandre Ayton & Giannis, the Bucks' unique ability to guard Chris Paul & Devin Booker, Paul's & Booker's effectiveness against the drop, Milwaukee's ability to switch 1 through 5, the coaching matchup & the "brains versus the brawn" matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
Clippers Get Eliminated
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In losing game 6 at home, the Clippers have been eliminated from the playoffs and the Suns are going to the NBA Finals. From Chris Paul's big night to Pat Bev's dumb shove and ejection, Pete, Mike, and Darius break down the game and try to put it all into the broader context of how injuries and availability have played such a huge role in how we've experienced these games as fans. Also, the guys get into the Clippers position as rivals to the Lakers as LA's other team and how this series, if at all, colors their view of that franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
Offensive Specialist
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After finishing 24th in offensive rating this past season, we can all agree that the Lakers need to improve on that end of the floor next year. Actually doing it, however, is easier said than done. Would hiring an offensive minded assistant coach actually help? Do the Lakers simply need to improve their offensive talent? Should the team focus more on optimizing Anthony Davis instead of LeBron? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and more in breaking down the different approaches the team can take when trying to improve offensively. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
Clippers Show Heart
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In a win or go home situation for the Clippers in game 5, Paul George's big night extended the series and has the chance to give his team life as they head back to Los Angeles for game 6. Pete, Mike, and Darius break it all down and discuss how George was able to get it going, Chris Paul's struggles, and how much this game was determined by the Clippers focus and determination to not fold or real tactical advantages from playing smaller. Later, the guys look ahead to game 6 and wonder if Paul George has another big night in him as the pressure starts to build. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
Replacing Kidd
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With Jason Kidd reportedly going to the Mavericks as their new head coach, the Lakers are in line to hire a new assistant under Frank Vogel. What are some of the qualities the team should look for in replacing Kidd? Like they did with Kidd, should the Lakers look for a former head coach to join Vogel's staff? How important a factor should improving on offense be when making a decision on an assistant coach? Pete and Darius answer these questions and more, while breaking down Kidd's time with the Lakers and how his tenure with the team ended up being way less controversial than it looked like it might be when he was hired. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
Quick Hitters 6/25
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How does it feel seeing Phoenix as a favorite to make it to the NBA finals, knowing that the Lakers were up 2-1 in the first round series before injuries derailed them? What are the guys' thoughts on the Lakers using their draft pick at 22 to fit a need on the team? What is the most underappreciated Lakers title team? Which role player from a previous championship roster would the guys like to see on the most recent Lakers team? What would the guys recommend a listener do with an autographed copy of a Red Auerbach autobiography? Pete, Darius, and Mike tackle these questions, and more, in the latest edition of the LFR Pod mailbag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
Spirit of the Game
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The last team to beat the Suns in a playoff game was the Lakers in game 3 of their 1st round series. Even without Chris Paul for the last two games, the Suns togetherness and chemistry has carried them to 9 straight playoff wins and a 2-0 series lead over the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals. From Booker's ascension to Ayton's postseason leap, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how the Suns just keep winning. Then later, a rant on officiating and the NBA's replay system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
AD at the 5
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In the same vein of discussion that continues the earlier episode on how bigs have fared in these playoffs, Pete & Mike discuss what is the ideal split for AD to play at the center position as opposed to the power forward position, whether the pendulum can swing too far in the NBA regarding the current preference for perimeter shooters over bigs in the paint, and the importance of surrounding AD with other bigs for vertical spacing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
Gobert & Simmons
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Both the Jazz and the 76ers were eliminated much earlier than both had hoped and the limitations of star players Rudy Gobert and Ben Simmons, respectively, contributed mightily to those losses. Pete, Darius, and Mike look at both players through the prism of playoff vs. regular season basketball to discuss how they, and their teams, move forward in trying to account for those weaknesses while still being contenders, if it's possible at all.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
The Importance of Shooting
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We all know that shooting is a key ingredient to playing winning basketball in the modern NBA. However, how critical was the Lakers fall-off in 3-point accuracy to their 1st round playoff exit and did the playoffs reveal certain truths about the quality of shooters the Lakers have? How much should the team prioritize shooting, particularly in relation to how much the team values strong defensive players, when building out their roster this offseason? Would a shooting big man or a point guard with better 3-point range and accuracy help this team more? Pete, Mike, and Darius debate these questions and more when looking back at the Lakers season and forward into next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Drummond
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Andre Drummond. For many Lakers fans, just hearing his name inspires a visceral reaction and triggers strong opinions about how much his mid-season acquisition created a chain reaction in the team's center rotation that negatively impacted the course of the season. After getting a half-season's look at the former all-star, Pete, Mike, and Darius try to decipher how much of that is fair, how much is scapegoating Drummond for things that really aren't his fault, and whether they see him as a long term fit for the team going forward.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
KD Goes Off
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From KD's incredible game 5 performance to give the Nets a 3-2 lead over the Bucks to Kawhi Leonard's knee injury to Chris Paul entering into the NBA's health and safety protocols, the NBA news cycle exploded in the last 24 hours. Are the Nets clear favorites now? Can the Clippers win this series even without Kawhi? What does losing Paul mean to the Suns and can they compensate? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer all these questions and more as they tour the NBA landscape.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Dennis Schröder's Season
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 Dennis Schröder had some really strong stretches in his debut season with the Lakers, but his playoff struggles after AD's injury highlighted some of the weaknesses in his game at the most inopportune time. Pete, Darius, and Mike evaluate the ups and downs of the Dennis experience and try to put his season into context while debating whether his player archetype is the right fit as the 3rd wheel next to the Lakers two superstars.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Back At It
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Should the Lakers "run it back" next season? How does the front office balance evaluating players on their individual merits vs. how those players could have performed in better defined roles if the team had stayed healthy? Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss these questions and more in their first look at the Lakers heading into the offseason. Later, the guys discuss the playoff series between the Jazz and Clippers, debating Donovan Mitchell's value vs. that of Rudy Gobert while also looking at how much missing Mike Conley really matters in the face of the Clippers playing smaller.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
The Season Ends
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After losing game 6 to the Suns, the Lakers season is mercifully, yet prematurely, over. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the season ending defeat and reflect on a team that, due to many factors, was never able to find its footing and ultimately fell in the 1st round to an excellent Phoenix team. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Do or Die
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With AD and KCP questionable to play and the Lakers coming off a blowout game 5 loss, things are not looking good for game 6. From what lineups should play to how the team's leaders need to instill a sense of belief that they can win, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the most important factors the Lakers need in their favor to push the Suns to a game 7. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Lakers Implode in Game 5
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A disappointing lack of resolve after an early Suns' run led to a Lakers' blowout loss in game 5. With the team on the brink of elimination as they head back to Los Angeles, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what went wrong in this game and their general frustration with how little fight the Lakers showed as things snowballed against them. Later, the guys discuss if there are any reasons for optimism and whether they believe the Lakers can bounce back to win game 6. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
If AD Can't Play
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With Anthony Davis not likely to play due his strained groin he suffered in game 4, the Lakers are facing an uphill battle that will necessitate several adjustments for Tuesday's critical game 5. Should Marc Gasol start? Should the Lakers play more 3 guard lineups? How can the Lakers optimize Dennis and LeBron? Pete, Mike, and Darius explore these questions, and more, in looking ahead to how the Lakers can try to take control of the series back from the Suns. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2021
AD Injured As Lakers Lose Game 4
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A late Lakers rally dashed, an Anthony Davis groin strain, and a gritty Suns defensive performance have leveled this series at 2-2. As we look ahead, all eyes are on AD's injury, but the Lakers 4th quarter push should not be ignored as LeBron James readies himself and his team for a crucial game 5 on Tuesday. Pete, Darius, and Mike break down all of game 4, focusing in on the team's 2nd quarter struggles, what adjustments the Suns made to get better offensive looks, why Marc Gasol's minutes were so impactful, and how the Lakers approach for game 5 can be informed by their comeback that fell short. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2021
Lakers Flex in Game 3
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The Lakers showed flashes of dominance in the third quarter of their 109-95 win in Game 3, giving them a 2-1 series lead. In this episode, Pete and Darius discuss LeBron and AD's takeover, the smothering defense of the starting lineup, and more, as Mike drops in at the end from Staples Center. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2021
Game 3 Adjustments
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With the Lakers winning game 2 to even their series with the Suns, they have now established a gameplan that is not only proven to work, but one Frank Vogel and his staff can use as the foundation for the team's approach moving forward. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what parts of the game 2 formula worked well and should stick, what didn't and shouldn't, and what individual adjustments the players can make in their own approaches that can help the team win a critical game 3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2021
Lakers Win Game 2 Thriller
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The Lakers got the split they wanted in Phoenix by beating the Suns in a thrilling game 2 to tie the series as things shift back to Los Angeles. From Anthony Davis' aggressive play to Dennis Schröder's big offensive night to LeBron's incredible shot making down the stretch and everything in between, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss every angle of the Lakers' big win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2021
Adjustments for Game 2
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The beauty of the playoffs are in the adjustments teams make from game to game. And trailing the Suns 1-0 in the series, adjustments are in order for the Lakers. How can they get Anthony Davis going? What are the optimal lineups to create the offensive spacing needed to get LeBron the space he needs to get downhill on drives and to work in the post? How can the Lakers slow down the Suns in their on and off-ball screen actions for Booker and Chris Paul? Pete, Darius, and Mike tackle these questions and more in their look forward to game 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Lakers Lose Game 1
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The Lakers dropped their playoff opener vs. the Suns in frustrating fashion, with their offense stumbling and their defense showing just enough cracks to allow the Suns to control the terms of engagement all game. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what went wrong on both sides of the ball, particularly with Anthony Davis who really struggled offensively and was never able to get into the flow of the game. Later, the guys discuss what they expect in game 2 and what types of adjustments they'd like to see. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Lakers vs Suns Preview
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The Lakers second half surge to beat the Warriors in the play-in game propelled them into the 7th seed and a 1st round playoff series vs. the Suns. From how the Lakers can slow down Chris Paul and Devin Booker, to who defends Anthony Davis and LeBron, to DeAndre Ayton's status as an X-factor and everything in-between, Pete, Mike, and Darius dive into the matchup from every angle to break down how they see the series playing out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 22, 2021
Quick Hitters (5/21)
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How effective can Andre Drummond be against the Suns? Should we be concerned about Dennis Schröder after his struggles vs. the Warriors in the play-in game? What are Trez and THT's value in the Suns' series? Pete, Darius, and Mike tackle these questions, and more, in the latest edition of the LFR Pod mailbag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2021
THAT GAME
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The Lakers beat the Warriors 103-100 in the Play-In Game to secure the 7th seed, which culminated in a one-eyed, dagger 3 from LeBron James to win it. In this episode, Pete and Darius discuss an emotionally exhausting, instant classic, as Mike joins them halfway through the pod, live from Staples Center. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2021
Lakers vs Warriors
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The Lakers and Warriors will face off in the play-in game in a matchup between tested champions. In this episode, Pete, Mike, & Darius discuss how the Lakers can best leverage their size advantage, the team effort it will take to contain Steph Curry, and the self-inflicted mistakes that the Lakers need to avoid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2021
How Confident Are You?
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The Lakers finished the season on a 5-game winning streak, and a matchup against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors awaits in the Play-In Tournament. In this episode, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss their levels of confidence in the team as they begin the postseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2021
Quick Hitters
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Who are the Lakers best bench options in a potential playoff series vs. the Suns? If the Lakers end up in the play-in game, should Frank Vogel change his starting lineup to better matchup and go all out for the win? What Lakers championship team is your favorite? Pete, Darius, and Mike answer these questions, and more, in this Mail Bag edition of the LFR Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2021
Full Squad
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Dennis Schröder posted to social media telling us he's on the verge of returning. And while the team is still being cautious with LeBron James' ankle, he should be back soon too. The prospects of the Lakers having their "full squad" back together offers excitement, but also poses interesting questions the coaching staff has not had to answer or navigate in a long time. From reconfigured rotations, to how the team reintegrates Dennis and Bron, to how AD's play takes on even more importance, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what this team could look like as they head into the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2021
The Adventures of THT
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A Wes Matthews tip-in to force overtime, some inspired defense by Anthony Davis, and a Talen Horton-Tucker step back 3 in the final minute of OT lifted the Lakers to a much needed victory over the Knicks on Tuesday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down the win and highlight how THT's performance was the quintessential performance from him after being thrust into the role of primary ball handler vs. an excellent defense. Later, the guys discuss what THT's playoff role might be with LeBron and Dennis on the verge of returning to the lineup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2021
Playoff Seeding
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Anthony Davis is playing great and the Lakers look to be getting back on track, but the West playoff seedings remain bunched up with several scenarios still in play with less than a handful of games remaining. Are the Lakers going to end up in the play-in games or is the 6th or 5th seed still possible? If they do make the play-in, how would a potential matchup with the Warriors go and should the Lakers worry about Steph and company? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer these questions and more as the Lakers enter their final week of the regular season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2021
AD Dominates
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Anthony Davis caught a lob pass for a reverse dunk and emphatically screamed "I'M BACK" to punctuate an absolutely dominant performance that propelled the Lakers to a win over the Suns on Sunday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss ramifications of AD getting back to playing at an All-NBA level, why Alex Caruso's growth as an offensive threat were so important in this win, and why KCP's defensive effort vs. Devin Booker could be meaningful should these teams meet down the road in the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2021
Good News, Bad News
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The Lakers fell to the 7th seed after losing to the Portland Trailblazers on Friday night, but also saw Anthony Davis touch superstardom for the first time since his return from injury. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss AD's encouraging step forward, a long-awaited lineup adjustment, and how the team built positive momentum on a night where they fell to their lowest point in the standings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2021
Limited LeBron
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LeBron's injured ankle will keep him out of the Lakers next two games -- and maybe even longer. How concerned should we be? What can the Lakers do to compensate for his absence or, when he does return, a more physically limited LeBron? Pete, Darius, and Mike provide perspective on what steps the team can take moving forward. Later, the guys discuss Marc Gasol's strong game vs. the Nuggets and what that could mean for his place in the rotation as the team adjusts to life without LeBron and Dennis Schröder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2021
Big Week Ahead
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The Lakers next stretch of games features a slew of playoff ready teams who offer the opportunity to get a good picture of how resilient the Lakers are and what approach they will take in getting ready for the playoffs (or, if things break against them, the play-in). Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss how they think the team will respond to this stretch and what changes to approach they'd like to see the team make defensively and with the rotation to get on track and prepare for the postseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2021
What's Wrong?
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The Lakers not playing well is now an ongoing theme, with their latest effort against the Raptors only deepening their recent tailspin. Pete, Mike, and Darius take stock in the team, zeroing in on the team's approach to prioritizing health over continuity and urgency, and how Anthony Davis' play is symbolic of the current morass the team is stuck in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2021
Ramping Up
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With LeBron James' return getting closer by the day, the prospect of the Lakers getting back to full strength is becoming more a reality. Pete, Darius, and Mike break down how his return can help reorient this team from a mental approach and preparedness perspective, particularly on defense when playing with both AD and Drummond. Later, the team discusses potential playoff matchups and how the prospect of AD playing more center in those matchups than he has during the regular season can better position the team for success, even if it means displacing talented players like Drummond, Harrell, and Gasol in the process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
Changing Lanes
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The Lakers lost to the Wizards to end their road trip with a disappointing 1-3 record, showing a noticeable lack of urgency and engagement along the way. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the current state of the team and how much LeBron's impending return will help this team get back on track from the standpoint of focus and showing more desperation as the regular season nears its close. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Darius Is Irritated
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The Lakers got back on track by beating the Orlando Magic on Monday, getting the best game from AD since his return and a great closing kick from Dennis Schröder to seal the win. However, the game also highlighted some of the issues the team is trying to manage as they wait for LeBron to get back from injury while also trying to ramp up as the playoffs get closer. Pete, Mike, and Darius debate how much those issues will matter once LeBron does return and how much benefit of the doubt this Lakers team should get when they're the defending champions, but also depending on a lot of new players who have not had a lot of time to play together this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
Building Continuity
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The Lakers dropped their 2nd consecutive game vs. the Mavericks on Saturday in one of the more frustrating games of the year. Rather than dive into the specific details of that game, however, Pete, Mike, and Darius zoom out to discuss the big themes of continuity and chemistry of this current Lakers group and how, with only 12 games left in the season, the Lakers can move forward together to ramp up for the playoffs while still trying to get AD back to full speed and waiting for LeBron to get back from his own injury. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
AD's Return
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Anthony Davis returned to the Lakers starting lineup after missing the previous 30 games. In this episode, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss both the rust and flashes of brilliance he showed in his first game back, their first impressions of his pairing with Andre Drummond, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
Adjusting to AD
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Anthony Davis will return to the Lakers lineup soon and with that there are a lot of questions about the adjustments the rest of the team will need to make to having him back in the lineup. From how the AD/Drummond defensive pairing will work, to how lineups with two bigs will function offensively with reduced spacing, to how Drummond's skill set translates to a change in role, Pete, Mike, and Darius break down what getting AD back means for his teammates and how they envision his teammates adjusting to their evolving roles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
The Matchup vs Utah
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The Lakers split a two game set against the Jazz and,even in less than ideal circumstances, got a very good look at a potential playoff opponent. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down what a potential matchup between these teams could look like, debating how much what the Jazz do well on offense can give the Lakers issues defensively, how crucial a role AD would play in the series, why the size of Utah's guards matter, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
Standing Out vs Fitting In
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In part two of their discussion on Anthony Davis' impending return, Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the balance between his individual dominance and what the team needs, how he can develop chemistry with Schröder and Drummond, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
AD On the Wayyy
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A depleted Lakers roster lost to the hated Celtics, although not before our South Bay guys made it interesting in the 4th, but that was not the big news of the day. In this episode, Pete, Darius & Mike discuss the impending return of Anthony Davis, the challenges he faces while rounding into form, and its ramifications on the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
Decisions, Decisions
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The Lakers better-than-expected road trip revealed many positives about the team's progression and their collective ability to play through adversity, but many of the games also exposed some flaws that should not be ignored. From Dennis Schröder's turnover problems to some defensive lapses from Andre Drummond, Pete, Mike, and Darius debate how meaningful some of these deficiencies are when placed into the context of the Lakers playoff goals and the pending return of LeBron and Anthony Davis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Successful Road Trip
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The Lakers finished their 7-game road trip with a 4-3 record, and in the process learned a lot about themselves -- both positively and in some areas of potential concern. In part one of our look at the current state of the Lakers, Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss Markieff Morris' strong play and push for inclusion in the rotation even after LeBron and AD return. Then later, the guys get into how Talen Horton-Tucker's refinement offensively and reduction of mistakes defensively have stood out as real progress in his overall development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
Blowout in Brooklyn
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The undermanned Lakers came away with a surprising 126-101 victory in Brooklyn on Saturday. In this episode, Pete, Darius & Mike discuss the culture of detail and defense that the team has established, what to take away from the game as a possible Finals preview, and the instant impact of Andre Drummond & Ben McLemore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
A Look at the Playoff Picture
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How much should the Lakers be worried about the standings? Are they at risk of landing in the play-in game? Do they actually matchup better with the teams at the top of the conference, making the seedings less important? Pete, Mike, and Darius answer those questions and more when they dive deep into the West standings and examine the race towards the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
Ben McLemore Signs w/Lakers
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Ben McLemore has joined the Lakers after being bought out by the Houston Rockets. What does he bring to the team and what will his potential role be? Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the signing and how they envision McLemore fitting into a roster that has the ingredients to amplify his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. Later, the guys wonder what types of lineups McLemore fits into best and whether they envision him being anything more than a bit player on a roster that already has a lot of wings in the rotation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Marc Makes His Case
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The Andre Drummond signing, then injury, thrust Marc Gasol into the spotlight and he has responded with his best stretch of games this season. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Gasol's recent play and how his game vs. the Raptors symbolized the changes he's made in his approach and the results those changes are yielding. Later, the guys discuss Gasol's role once Drummond returns and why the onus will be on Frank Vogel to keep Gasol involved while balancing that vs. the real need to assimilate Drummond and give him real opportunities to prove his worth for the stretch run and playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Drummond's Debut
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Andre Drummond made his Lakers debut, but a toe injury and a loss to the Bucks dampened what began as an exciting night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what they saw from Drummond before being forced from the game with injury, how the pros and cons of his game shone through, and what it could mean for his immediate and long term role for the team. Then later, the guys discuss Marc Gasol's seeming removal from the rotation and how they envision Vogel deploying him in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
How Drummond Fits In (Pt. 2)
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In part two of a two-part series, Pete, Darius, and Mike have a spirited conversation on how Andre Drummond fits in with the Lakers, concentrating on his defensive fit. How does Drummond fit into the Lakers' "No roller behind" defensive strategy? What Western Conference team is the Drummond signing bad news for? How will Drummond fit into the front court rotation & how will it affect the other front court players, especially after AD returns? The guys discuss all that and more. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
How Drummond Fits In (Pt. 1)
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In part one of a two-part series, Pete, Darius, and Mike have a spirited conversation on how Andre Drummond fits in with the Lakers. How much value does his exceptional rebounding actually provide? Why is he such a poor finisher around the rim, and how much of that will change alongside LeBron? How does he fit in before LeBron & AD return from injury? The guys discuss all that and more. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
No Moves at the Deadline
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The Lakers lost a winnable game to the 76ers, causing some frustration and triggering more questions about how this team can stay afloat while LeBron and AD recover from injury. Add in the non-moves at the trade deadline and Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game and the next steps for the Lakers as they navigate this upcoming stretch of games in which they’ll need to get some wins to keep pace in the conference. Then later, the guys hash out their disagreements about Danny Green in the wake of him torching them in his return to face his former team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
Trade Deadline
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The Lakers head into Thursday's NBA trade deadline down their two superstars and losers of three straight games. Will their current circumstances impact how aggressive they are on the trade market? What are the team's biggest needs? Are there even any realistic changes the team could make via trade? Pete, Darius, and Mike answer these questions and more on the eve of the deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
Hold it Down
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LeBron James has gone from the top of the MVP race to out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain, joining Anthony Davis on the sideline in street clothes. How do the Lakers compensate for their missing superstars? Is it even possible? Pete, Darius, and Mike brainstorm potential solutions, keying in on Talen Horton-Tucker and how the goal should just be staying afloat until the roster is made whole in a few weeks. Later, the guys discuss KCP's play this year and what they'd like to see from him during this upcoming stretch of games while Bron and AD are out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
LeBron's MVP Case
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LeBron James led the Lakers to their 4th straight victory on Thursday night, with 37 points in a 116-105 victory over Charlotte. In this episode, Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the multitude of ways that LeBron has helped the team navigate a difficult season, including how he's been the skeleton key that's unlocked the Lakers' pick & roll game post All-Star break. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
Lakers Dominate the Warriors
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The Lakers won in dominating fashion on Monday night, beating the Warriors in all facets of the game. Pete, Darius, and Mike breakdown the win, looking specifically at the team's mental engagement and the performance of the bench by highlighting Kyle Kuzma's all-around performance and the growth he's showing this year. Then later, the guys discuss KCP's strong game and why his effort and focus are so important to his individual performance and can serve as a barometer for how well the Lakers are playing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Maximizing Montrezl
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The Lakers came out of the All-Star break with a grind-it-out win over the Pacers, showing an adaptability down the stretch to seal the victory. Pete, Darius, and Mike use Montrezl Harrell's play as a jumping off point to discuss the win and how some of the defensive questions about him were answered with tweaks that enhanced his effectiveness to help get the win. Later in the pod the guys talk about the Lakers halfcourt offense and how that same sort of adaptability can help in the short term with AD out and what it can mean for the full group once AD returns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 13, 2021
1st Half in Review
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With the Lakers heading into the All-Star break and the first half of the season concluded, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss some of their big picture takeaways from the team's first 37 games. From Dennis Schröder's positive impact on both ends of the floor to Anthony Davis' injury, the guys dive into the highs and lows to this point in the season and what it all could mean moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
Start Your Engines
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The Lakers got back to their winning ways over the weekend with strong showings against the Blazers and Warriors. Pete, Darius, and Mike broke down what drove those wins, focusing on LeBron's defensive engagement and Dennis Schröder's return helping to jumpstart the team's offense and, in turn, energizing LeBron. Later in the pod the guys talk more about the team's shift in defensive aggressiveness and how that propels the Lakers transition game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
Marc & Trezz
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With Anthony Davis out, the Lakers center rotation of Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell must take on even larger roles on both sides of the ball. Through the prism of the game vs. the Jazz, Pete, Mike, and Darius look at what's working and what's not with both players and discuss some potential ways Frank Vogel can account for some of each players' limitations to optimize them until Anthony Davis returns and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Second Half Schedule
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The remainder of the Lakers regular season schedule has been released and Pete, Mike, and Darius are here to break it all down. From the potential to come out of the All-Star break strong to the 7-game road trip that defines April to the back-to-back heavy May, the guys offer their thoughts on what stands out and what approach the team may take down the stretch as they prepare for the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
Short Term, Long Term
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The Lakers dropped their 2nd straight game, falling to the Heat in a Finals rematch that saw both teams compete hard but struggle offensively. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down the game, focusing on some of the progress the Lakers made defensively and how some of their tweaks offensively worked and where they still fell short. Later, the guys debate more changes that can be made to improve the offense and then forecast the 2nd half of the schedule and whether the losses that the team is suffering now will impact the push for a good seed come playoff time. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 21, 2021
Brooklyn's Blowout
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With Anthony Davis already out injured, losing Dennis Schröder to the NBA's health and safety protocols shortly before the game proved a bridge too far for the Lakers, who fell to the Nets on Thursday night. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss what went wrong for the team defensively in the loss, while also offering some potential silver linings for future matchups vs. Brooklyn. Later, the guys talk about the team's offensive woes without both AD and Schröder, and brainstorm ways for the team to get productivity on that end of the floor in non-LeBron minutes for the upcoming stretch of games before the All-Star break. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
ADjustments
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There is no "replacing" Anthony Davis, but the Lakers are going to need to try to do just that with him out injured through at least the All-Star break. Pete, Darius, and Mike explore what steps the team can take with AD out, using the win over the Timberwolves as a template for success and looking specifically at Marc Gasol, KCP, and Markieff Morris as key players in this upcoming stretch of games. Later, the guys talk about Thursday's matchup vs. the Nets and how they see that game shaking out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
Drive
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With a revamped roster around LeBron and Anthony Davis, the Lakers half-court offense is structurally different this season compared to last. Pete, Mike, and Darius dive into one of the key changes this season by examining the team's dribble penetration, and more specifically, how Dennis Schröder's integration to the offense is going and how his specific strength of attacking the basket fit into the Lakers half-court approach. The guys also highlight how Marc Gasol's passing and how Talen Horton-Tucker's driving ability impact the team's heavy focus on attacking the paint. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
Juice
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In their second straight overtime game, the Lakers pulled out a win over the Thunder while Anthony Davis and Alex Caruso sat out with injury. Pete, Darius, and Mike breakdown how, after being thrust back into the rotation after not playing for 4 games, Wes Matthews stepped up to help the Lakers win the game and how these minutes reaffirm the team's depth. Then later, the guys talk about LeBron's big minutes in recent games and striking the right balance between ensuring he's not being overburdened with how important getting reps with him are for the team's new additions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
Checkpoint
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The Lakers are 1/3 of the way through the regular season after an ugly win against Detroit on Saturday night. In this episode, Pete, Darius & Mike review the team's performance vs. their expectations, and look at the rest of Western Conference through a similar lens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
What a Second Half!
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Pete, Mike and Darius discuss the Lakers' dominant second half performance in their 114-93 win over the Denver Nuggets, areas where the team can continue to improve on offense, and give props to THT, Kuz, and Trezz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
5-2 Road Trip
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The Lakers wrapped up their 7 game road trip with a 5-2 record and win over the Hawks on Monday. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the win through the lens of Frank Vogel's rotation decisions and the lift the team is getting from a newly formed group of playmakers and hustle guys flanking LeBron. Later in the pod the guys preview the Nets/Clippers matchup, giving their thoughts on both teams and how they look as contenders in comparison to each other and the Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
Victory in Boston
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Feb 01, 2021
Puzzle Pieces
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Are the Lakers too reliant on LeBron James? Is there any way to muster joy while playing in your 5th city in a 7 game road trip on the 2nd night of a back to back while in a pandemic? How can the team get Dennis Schröder back on track? Should Frank Vogel tweak the rotation? Pete, Mike, and Darius tried to tackle these questions, and more, as they reflect on the Lakers' back to back losses against the 76ers and, in their worst game of the season, the Pistons on Thursday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Classic LeBron
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The Lakers kept their undefeated road record intact with a win over the Cavs on Monday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the win, focusing on LeBron James' 46 point scoring outburst and his dominant 4th quarter to close out the game. Later, the guys show more appreciation for LeBron's season so far and discuss the upcoming game vs. the 76ers, including breaking down some of the matchup questions around how the team matches up with Joel Embiid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
Lakers Lock In on D
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The Lakers moved to 9-0 on the road in a beatdown of the Bulls that was not as close as the final score implied. Pete, Mike, and Darius breakdown the win, focusing on AD's two-way dominance and the bench unit's 4th quarter defense that closed the door on the Bulls after their 3rd quarter rally. Then later, the guys discuss Alex Caruso's standing in the rotation and Dennis Schröder finding his footing on a title contender while playing next to stars like LeBron and AD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
A New Identity
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The Lakers didn't play their best basketball, but still kept the Bucks at arm's length in the 4th quarter to win fairly comfortably in Milwaukee, moving their undefeated record on the road to 8-0. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the win and explore questions about the team's defensive identity and the job Frank Vogel is doing in getting his team on track to win games even when they're not at their best. Later, the guys dive into the Lakers hot shooting from beyond the arc and discuss whether they think it is sustainable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 23, 2021
A Well Deserved Loss
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The Lakers lost in frustrating fashion to the Warriors on Monday night, ending their 5 game winning streak in the process. Should we be concerned? In the aftermath of the game Pete, Darius, and Mike put the performance into context and debate their differing takeaways, discussing how much it reflects a more common occurrence for a team coming off a title vs. something that should be looked at with more introspection and seriousness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
Internal Growth
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Heading into Monday's matchup with the Warriors, the Lakers boast the NBA's best record and are riding a 5 game winning streak. But the schedule is about to get more difficult, so Pete, Darius, and Mike break down the upcoming stretch of games and what they hope to see from the team during that stretch. Then later, the guys get into the improvements they've seen from the Lakers role players of late, highlighting Alex Caruso and Montrezl Harrell. They close the pod with their thoughts on the Warriors game and what they're most looking forward to in that game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Harden to Brooklyn
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Jan 15, 2021
FLEXING
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The Lakers took down the Rockets again, sweeping the two game set in Houston and moving to 6-0 on the road this year. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down the importance of the Lakers ramping up their level of play these two games and how much should be taken away from the wins considering the Rockets current level of disarray. Later, the guys discuss some of lineups Frank Vogel has been deploying by looking closer at an approach with Bron and AD that, though much different from last season, has proven successful so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 13, 2021
Identity Win
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The Lakers played one of their most complete games of the season on both sides of the ball to completely dominate the Rockets in what Frank Vogel called an "identity win". Pete, Mike, and Darius dive into what they saw, focusing on Anthony Davis backing up his calls for more defensive effort and how KCP's return to the lineup really gave the team a spark in transition. Then later, the guys discuss Talen Horton-Tucker's strong performance and show Montezl Harrell some love for his strong play of late. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
Defensive Miscues
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The Lakers suffered a loss that had been in the making for a week, when their lackluster effort and defensive miscues finally caught up with them against the Spurs on Thursday night. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss what went wrong in the game, using Anthony Davis' comments about the team needing better defensive effort and execution as a jumping off point for their talk. Then later, the guys get into the events that took place in Washington this week, including reactions from around the NBA and what role those of us in media and with platforms have in helping to bring about positive change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
4-0 Road Trip
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The Lakers closed out their road with a win over the Grizzlies, going 4-0 in the process and moving to 6-2 on the season. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the win, highlighting another strong 4th quarter performance from LeBron and AD on both sides of the ball to seal the win. Then, the guys pick Mike's brain on what it's like to be on the road in the NBA, including how building chemistry this year might differ from years past due to the COVID restrictions, what it's like towards the end of a long trip, and why, for some players, being on the road might make it easier to lock in than being at home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
On a Sunday Afternoon
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After beating the Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon, the Lakers have won 3 straight games and move to 5-2 on the season. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down what stood out to them about the win, including the boost the bench gave the team all night, LeBron's 4th fantastic quarter offensively, and Anthony Davis' strong defensive performance. Then later, the guys discuss Wes Matthews strong shooting in recent games and his overall play to start the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Continuing to Develop
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The Lakers brought in the new year with a win over the Spurs to move to 4-2 on the season. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the win, drilling in on Marc Gasol's role as a passer and playmaker in the 2nd half and how THT's defensive effort, after not playing in the last game, stood out. Later, they talk Montezl Harrell's role and how he can best fit next to Anthony Davis as a defensive frontcourt partner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 02, 2021
Strange Start
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From the wild blowouts to the repeat opponents, there has been a weirdness to this NBA season that has been evident to anyone watching games from around the league. Pete, Mike, and Darius dive into the strangeness and offer up some explanations for what they've been seeing. Later, the guys have a spirited discussion about Dennis Schröder and offer their impressions of him at this stage of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
Going to Bed Mad
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The Lakers fell to 2-2 on the season after losing to the Blazers on Monday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what led to the loss, zeroing in on the lack of competitive fire they saw from several players, most notably Anthony Davis. Later, the guys get into Marc Gasol's improved play over the last two games and what they've liked from Kyle Kuzma to this point in the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 29, 2020
Lakers Fall on Ring Night
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On the night the Lakers got their championship rings they also dropped their season opener in a loss to the Clippers. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss what it was like watching this team celebrate their championship one last time and then later get into some of the specifics of the game and what stood out to them about this specific matchup vs. the Clippers and what some of their bigger takeaways are from the team now that the regular season has started. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
Kuz Gets Paid
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The Lakers have extended Kyle Kuzma's contract, locking him in for the next 3 seasons. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss what this deal means for Kuzma's play this season and for the Lakers as they continue to build out a roster to contend for this season and beyond. Then the guys get into the team's season opener vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, including why this can be a statement game for both teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
That Second Quarter
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LeBron and Anthony Davis made their preseason debuts. Kyle Kuzma showed out offensively. Talen Horton-Tucker continued to make his case to be a permanent fixture in the Lakers rotation. Oh, and the Lakers improved to 3-0 in the preseason with another strong all-around performance. Pete, Mike, and Darius break it all down, including their takes on the 2nd quarter run that felt like a message to the Suns and the rest of the NBA that this team is ready to make a statement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
3 through 8
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How does the Lakers depth matchup vs. the rest of the Western Conference when you take away LeBron and AD? Pete, Mike, and Darius try to answer this question by looking at each Western Conference roster's 3-8 players and compare them to what the Lakers have to offer. Going team by team, the guys take a new angle on what West teams might surprise this season based on the quality of their depth and determine if the Lakers can not only lay claim to having the NBA's best duo, but also the best supporting cast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
THT
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After scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists vs. the Clippers on Sunday night, Talen Horton-Tucker is staking his claim for a rotation spot when the regular season starts. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss THT's preseason so far and breakdown what has stood out to them, including how he's been so effective as a scorer and what he's brought defensively. Later they get into Marc Gasol's debut and discuss how his passing is already adding a new dimension to the Lakers offense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Preseason Preview
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The offseason is officially over and preseason basketball is here with the Lakers facing off against the Clippers on Friday. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what they're most excited for, what players they'll have a closer eye on, and their general expectations for the first preseason game after such a short turnaround. Later, the guys talk more about the team's young players, especially the intriguing Talen Horton-Tucker coming into his sophomore season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
Star Alignments
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In a league driven by its star players, the Lakers are as well positioned as possible with LeBron and Anthony Davis locked into deals for years to come. Around the rest of the NBA, however, some of the league's best players find themselves in situations that lack that same stability. From James Harden asking out of Houston to Kevin Durant coming back from his ruptured achilles in Brooklyn to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George trying to bounce back from their disappointing playoff exit across the STAPLES Center hallway, Pete, Darius, and Mike go around the league and discuss how things are aligning for several of the NBA's biggest stars as training camps open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
Training Camp
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How will the unique circumstances of this year's training camp affect the Lakers? Pete, Mike, and Darius try to answer that question by diving into the challenges Frank Vogel faces in trying to integrate new players and ramp up to the team's first regular season game in such a condensed timeframe. Later, the guys talk about what they think Vogel will focus most on during camp and what attributes this team has that can work in their favor and make Vogel's job a bit easier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Future is Bright
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The Lakers were blessed with good news this week when LeBron James and Anthony Davis both committed to the franchise with new contracts, giving the team stability and setting them up for long term contention. Pete, Darius, and Mike celebrate the signings and discuss what it means for the organization to get these types of commitments from their franchise cornerstones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Rotations & Chemistry
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What will the Lakers starting lineup and rotation look like this season? In the wake of Dennis Schröder's comments about wanting to start for the defending champs, Pete, Darius, and Mike tackle this question, break down the myriad rotation options Frank Vogel will have at his disposal this season, and project some of the challenges that could bubble up when trying to manage a roster as deep as this one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
Who is Montrezl Harrell?
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Montrezl Harrell left the Clippers with questions surrounding his motivations and his ability to perform in the playoffs. In this episode, Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the narratives that surround him, explore the questions about his defensive ability, and detail why he's a special offensive player who compounds an existing Lakers strength. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Lakers vs the West
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After the Lakers re-signed Markieff Morris in free agency, their rotation looks to be set. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss how much the team improved from last year, how the full rotation could work night to night, and get into what potential hurdles exist in getting this group to coalesce. Later the guys get into which Western Conference teams have taken a step forward or a step back with free agency winding down, including whether the Clippers, Nuggets, and Warriors have been supplanted by other teams who made big moves in the offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
SQUAD!
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The Lakers attacked free agency with the same force of LeBron or AD on the fastbreak, retaining KCP and signing Wes Matthews, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the team's moves and breakdown how they think this new iteration of the team will play on both sides of the ball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Free Agency Preview
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After trading for Dennis Schröder the Lakers have waived Quinn Cook, seen Avery Bradley opt out of his contract, and had JaVale McGee decide to pick up his option to return to the team. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down these players' decisions and preview the Lakers' needs heading into what should be a fast moving free agent period. Later, the guys discuss news from around the NBA, including Klay Thompson's injury and the moves the Mavs, Suns, and Blazers have made to improve their rosters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Dennis Schröder Scouting Report
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The Lakers have acquired Dennis Schröder from the OKC Thunder, in exchange for Danny Green and the 28th pick in the 2020 Draft. In this episode, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how Schröder's dribble penetration ability brings a different dimension to the Lakers' offense, and whether or not he can defend deep into the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Wing Defense
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There are reports that the Lakers have agreed to a trade in principle with the OKC Thunder. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss how the move would impact how the Lakers build out their roster in free agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Celebrating the Role Players
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From KCP to Dwight Howard to Alex Caruso and others, the Lakers do not win the 2019-20 NBA championship without the many contributions of their role players. Pete, Darius, and Mike reflect on the seasons of these players and highlight all they contributed on the journey to the Lakers in their title run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
72 Game Season
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The NBA and the players have agreed to terms on the framework of the 2020-21 season. Pete, Darius, and Mike dive into the details of the deal to discuss the financial terms of the agreement and debate how the Lakers and other teams around the league will approach the challenges (and potential benefits) of a 72 game season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
Celebrating AD's Contribution
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In his first year with the Lakers, Anthony Davis proved why he was worth everything the team gave up to trade for him. In their continuation of their series of pods celebrating the contributions to the Lakers championship season, Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss Davis' electric inaugural campaign in L.A., including his incredibly diverse offensive repertoire and the attributes that make him the best defensive player in the league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
December 22nd
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What will a December 22nd start date for the NBA season mean for the Lakers? Pete, Darius, and Mike talk about the impacts of a condensed off-season and what issues they see as being most important for the team to navigate. Then later, they pay tribute to the behind the scenes staffers and coaches who deserve credit for the team's drive to the championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Celebrating LeBron's Contribution
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Through truly unprecedented circumstances, LeBron James put together one of the great Lakers seasons we have ever seen, culminating in an NBA championship. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how the combination of LeBron's leadership and on-court play propelled the Lakers to the title and why they see no signs of him slowing down anytime soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
Run it Back?
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Championship teams usually get to defend their crown by "running back" the same team the following year. But, the Lakers head into the offseason with several key players from their title run potentially entering free agency. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how the team should approach those players and to what extent the potentially shortened offseason and desire to improve the team should impact roster decisions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
Eastern Conference Contenders
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The Lakers hoisted their 17th NBA championship trophy on October 11th, and rumors are swirling that the 2020-21 season will begin just over two months later, on December 22nd. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the impact of the quick turnaround on the NBA, with a focus on the Eastern Conference teams who could make the 2021 NBA Finals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
Celebrating Vogel's Contribution
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Frank Vogel's coaching journey started in the video room and has now led him to an NBA championship as the head coach of the Lakers. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how Vogel's strong preparedness, defensive acumen, and collaborative nature as a leader allowed him to succeed in his first season in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
In the Bubble
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Pete, Darius, and Mike go behind the scenes of the NBA bubble with ESPN's NBA reporter Dave McMenamin. They discuss Dave's experiences in Orlando, how the Lakers' strong chemistry impacted their run to the championship, and the redemption of Rajon Rondo. They then get into Dave's history of covering LeBron James with both the Cavs and the Lakers, including similarities and differences in LeBron's leadership and what continues to motivate him at this stage of his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
A Quick Look Around the West
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The Lakers enter the offseason as the NBA champs, but the rest of the Western Conference is on their heels looking to take the crown away from them. In this episode Pete, Darius, and Mike take stock of the conference by looking at each team to determine how much better (or worse) they are coming out of the NBA's Orlando Bubble in what forecasts to be another super competitive chase for the West's top seed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2020
Celebrating Pelinka's Contribution
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In the aftermath of winning Finals MVP, LeBron James said, "Rob (Pelinka) wants his respect". Pete and Darius are joined by their new co-host, Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell and do just that by breaking down everything about Pelinka's first year as the team's top basketball decision maker, the moves he made to build out a championship winning roster, and the challenges he faces heading into next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
THE LAKERS WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
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The extraordinary 2019-20 season culminated with the Lakers winning their 17th NBA championship. In this episode. Pete and Darius reflect the defensive masterpiece that was Game 6, LeBron and AD's special bond, and the brilliant leadership behind the Lakers' unforgettable season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Gut Punch
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An epic duel between LeBron James and Jimmy Butler ended with the Lakers falling short and the Heat extending the series with a game 5 win. Pete and Darius break down how the Heat took advantage of the Lakers defense in the 1st half, how much Anthony Davis' foot issue impacted the Lakers down the stretch, the brilliance of LeBron and Butler, and what the Lakers need to do to bounce back from a gut punch loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 10, 2020
One Win Away
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The Lakers are now one win away from an NBA championship after defeating the Heat in physically and mentally exhausting game 4. Pete and Darius break down the win by examining each quarter, highlighting Antony Davis' defensive impact, LeBron finding his offensive rhythm in the 2nd half, and KCP's 4th quarter contributions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
Chop Wood, Carry Water
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With a chance to go up 3-0 in the Finals, the Lakers were absolutely and totally outplayed by Jimmy Butler and a Heat team who played with force and poise to climb back into the series with a game 3 win. Pete and Darius break down the Lakers lack of focus, the Heat's schematic adjustments that put the Lakers on their heels, and what they expect the Lakers to change heading into game 4. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
In the Moment
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The Lakers again proved their flexibility as a team by beating back the Heat zone to keep them at arm's length and take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Pete and Darius take different perspectives in the aftermath, analyzing both what the team could have done better vs. the shorthanded Heat in a game that offered some rough stretches while also marveling at the greatness, in the moment, of what this team is accomplishing as it gets within two wins of an NBA championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2020
Built Different
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LeBron James often says that the Lakers are "Built Different" and his Lakers showed exactly how true that is by dominating the Heat to take a 1-0 in the NBA Finals. Pete and Darius discuss the Lakers win and break down Anthony Davis' big night, the Heat's struggles to defend LeBron, and what to expect from Miami as the series advances, particularly with the injury to Goran Dragic putting his availability in question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Finals Preview
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How do the Lakers attack the Heat's zone defense? Can the Lakers defense hold up against the Heat's off-ball movement and shooting? How do Heat stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo match up vs. LeBon James and Anthony Davis? Pete and Darius answer these questions, offer their keys to the series, and break down all the details of the NBA Finals matchup between the Lakers and the Heat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
WE'RE GOING TO THE NBA FINALS!!!
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An epic 4th quarter from LeBron James led the Lakers to a game 5 win over the Nuggets and punched the Lakers ticket to the NBA Finals. Pete and Darius celebrate the victory, reflect on the team's journey to their first Finals appearance in a decade, and break down all the details that sealed the win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 27, 2020
Slugfest
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Jamal Murray's sensational shot making was not enough to sink the Lakers, who were able to hold off the Nuggets to take a 3-1 lead and get within one win of the NBA Finals. From the scoring duel between Murray and Anthony Davis to Dwight Howard's impact after being inserted into the starting lineup and everything in between, Pete and Darius discuss the emotional ride of watching these two great teams battle and break down everything about the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
Adjustments
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A frantic 4th quarter comeback fell short and the Lakers dropped game 3 to a hot shooting Nuggets team who clawed their way back into the Western Conference Finals. Pete and Darius discuss what went wrong for the Lakers, what Denver did to tilt this game in their favor, and what adjustments the Lakers can make moving forward to reclaim control of the series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2020
One of One
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A furious 2nd half comeback by the Nuggets was spoiled by an Anthony Davis buzzer beating 3-pointer, propelling the Lakers to a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. Pete and Darius discuss how Davis' versatility and scoring prowess led the Lakers to the win and then get into whether the factors that fueled the Nuggets' 2nd half surge are lasting or can be snuffed out by better focus and attentiveness by the Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Styles Make Fights
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Pete and Darius discuss the ways that the Lakers exerted their will on the Denver Nuggets in their dominant Game 1 victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 19, 2020
Appropriate Fear
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Pete & Darius preview the Western Conference Finals matchup with the Denver Nuggets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Clippers Collapse
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Pete & Darius discuss the Clippers' stunning defeat in the second round. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Flashes of Greatness
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Pete & Darius discuss the Lakers' first trip to the Western Conference Finals since 2010. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2020
Group Effort
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Pete & Darius discuss the Lakers' wire-to-wire win to take a 3-1 series lead, and the inherent flaws in Houston's approach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
Rubik's Cube
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Pete & Darius discuss how the Lakers have begun to figure out the Houston Rockets Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Measured in Swag
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Pete & Darius discuss the defensive adjustments the Lakers made on Harden & Westbrook, AD's decisiveness on offense, and the first appearance of Playoff Rondo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Inattentive Lakers Drop Game 1
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Pete & Darius discuss the reasons for a disappointing Game 1 loss to Houston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 05, 2020
Lakers vs. Rockets
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Pete & Darius preview the Lakers' 2nd Round series, discussing why Russell Westbrook is a dangerous matchup, how the Lakers can use their size and athleticism to their advantage, and which personnel matches up best vs Houston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
Lakers in 5
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Pete and Darius discuss the Lakers closing out the Portland Trailblazers in 5 games, and what we learned about the team in their first playoff series win since 2012. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2020
Clicking on All Cylinders
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Pete and Darius discuss the Lakers' wire-to-wire, 135-115 to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Portland Trailblazers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020
Jekyll & Hyde
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Pete & Darius discuss the Lakers following up a frustrating first half with a dominant second half to take a 2-1 series lead over Portland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2020
Swarming Defense
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Pete and Darius discuss the Lakers' defensive strategy that held Portland to a season-low 88 points, and AD's all-around dominance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
Lakers Drop Game 1 as Shooters Go Cold
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Pete and Darius recap the Lakers' 100-93 Game 1 loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
Lakers vs. Blazers Preview - Defending Damian Lillard
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Pete & Darius preview the upcoming playoff series against the Blazers, with a focus on strategies for containing Damian Lillard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Flipping the Switch
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