LakersCast: Lakers Didn’t Crater without Bron and AD

 

The Good News: The Lakers defense remains LOCKED IN!

The Best News: LeBron James and Anthony Davis are on their way back, and the Lakers didn’t crater into a Black Hole without them!

Ethan and JC link up for a double dose of flavor in your ear, and the fellas discuss Andre Drummond’s Lakers debut, Montrezl Harrell’s dip in production, the re-emergence of Alex Caruso and KCP, as well as where Ben McLemore fits when the Lakers are at full strength. There’s a lot of optimism once again in LakerLand, and for good reason given where this team is and where it is headed. Listen in for a fun ride as the Lakers prepare to welcome back fans to the Staples Center!

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LakersCast: What’s Up In LakerLand? That’s a Loaded…

 

Andre Drummond prepares to return, Ben McLemore joins the roster, and the Lakers look to keep treading water entering a fiery part of the schedule. Without a clear timeline for AD or LeBron, the Lakers have a tall task ahead to survive the shark-infested waters. Ethan dives into the play of Kyle Kuzma, Dennis Schroder, THT, and more as he looks at where the new pieces of the puzzle fit and how the Lakers can keep reconfiguring the picture.

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LakersCast: Drummond Set to Debut

 

Andre Drummond is here and it’s officially official! JC gives his thoughts on the sought after buyout signing now that Andre is set to make his debut vs the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. JC also takes a look at who else might still be available on the buyout market and if the Lakers even need to make another addition.

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LakersCast: Andre Drummond Come on Down

 

Andre Drummond, come on down! You’re the next contestant on the 2020-21 Los Angeles Lakers!

Following his buyout in Cleveland, “the other AD” has listed the Lakers as his “frontrunner” and it couldn’t come at a better time given what Los Angeles has ahead on the road without LeBron or Anthony Davis.

Ethan delivers a quick-hitting solo pod to dissect Drummond’s potential addition, what it means for the other bigs on the team, and how the big fella can help this team in both the current and future.

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LakersCast: Down Goes the King

 

LeBron James…human being? After asking out following his high-ankle sprain, the Hoop Ball Lakers team can confirm that LeBron is in fact a human like all of us. No LBJ and no AD means the Lakers are about to really get tested. Talen Horton Tucker’s improvement will jump immediately into the spotlight, Kyle Kuzma gets the role he’s always clamored for, and Montrezl Harrell will continue to play a much larger role than many projected him for initially. The Lakers will be tested with a tough schedule and not a lot of rest time, and with LeBron’s timeline to return completely up in the air, the supporting cast will have to deliver an A-squad effort with a B-squad roster. Ethan and JC dive into what LeBron’s absence means for the fellas, especially with AD still on the sidelines, on this quick-hitting edition of the Hoop Ball Lakers podcast.

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LakersCast: Lakers Post All-Star Break Plans

 

The boys are back with the Lakers off to a quick start after the All-Star Break, and LeBron and Co. are going to have to keep the train rolling without its caboose with Anthony Davis set to miss at least another few weeks. The Lakers have a fast and furious second-half schedule, so continued production from Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Talen Horton-Tucker will be paramount to supporting sustainable success. Ethan and JC dive into the Lakers options on the trade and buyout market, analyze AD’s extended absence, and delve into the bench depth as the second half of the campaign gets underway.

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LakersCast: Can The Real Los Angeles Lakers Please…

 

Regardless of personnel available, the key theme continues to be the same: Can the Lakers put together a consistent effort?

KCP & Wes Matthews have been MIA like Nick Saban, the offense is more stuck than a piece of year-old chewing gum on the underside of a student desk, and the Lakers simply need more from everyone not named LeBron to keep things moving without Anthony Davis on the floor. Ethan & JC deliver are back together to discuss where the Lakers stand entering the break, some potential options to improve in the short-term, and why, despite all of the recent losing, the Lakers are more than good enough as constructed to execute their desired mission of repeating as champions.

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LakersCast: The Lakers Can’t Give What It Takes

 

The Lakers have a problem, and it’s something in their immediate control. No Anthony Davis, no Dennis Schroder, and one huge problem. Listen to Ethan deliver a tirade on what the Lakers have looked like over the last handful of games, why he’s pessimistic about the pre-All Star Break stretch remaining, the potential big man market, and why the Lakers are under the gun to turn it around in a hurry.

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LakersCast: Anthony Davis Has an Achilles Problem, But…

 

Exhale, Lakers fans. The worst news is off the table.

Join Ethan on a solo ride on the Hoop Ball Lakers pod to answer the obvious question: Where do the Lakers go from here? Could Andre Drummond, or *gulp,* even Blake Griffin be a potential option? Or will Kyle Kuzma, THT, Trez, and Markieff Morris be enough to fill the void? Ethan looks at what the Lakers can do in the starting lineup, their replacement options, and breaks down the pre-All-Star-Break schedule to see just how bad of shape the Lakers are in without AD available–especially on defense. The LeBron tax just skyrocketed, but the news could have been so much worse for the Lakers and Anthony Davis. Ethan calms you down, tells you to breathe, and delivers a rational take on the Lakers short-term outlook sans The Brow.

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LakersCast: The Block is Hot

 

The Lakers get back in the W column by beating the Celtics in Boston, but the story in LA is much larger than that. Talen Horton-Tucker is back on the court, the Lakers are hurting in the paint, and the effort is still in question as the fellas discuss what tweaks to expect in Frank Vogel’s rotation going forward. KCP needs to get back on track, AD’s adductor is a talking point, and LeBron needs a little help from his friends for the Lakers to keep the train rolling this week vs. the Hawks, Nuggets, and Pistons.

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