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Lakers Podcast: Luke Walton, Brandon Ingram, and free agency with Chris Manning

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Sunny days are here again in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Lakers' last several years have been dour, mostly joyless affairs, as fans closely following the team are certainly aware. There has been a pretty consistent cycle in Los Angeles since 2014: draft a promising player, strike out in free agency, have all the hope from the summer effortlessly crushed by the rest of the NBA running roughshod over the team for 82 games, and then get another exciting draft pick.

This year, things could be different, but how do we deal with all of these newfound reasons for positivity and optimism? To figure it out, I brought NBA 2K Community manager Chris Manning into the Lakers Lounge.

In addition to his work with 2K, Chris also just so happens to be a HUGE Lakers fan and one of the most positive people I know. We discussed Luke Walton's promising re-introduction to the franchise, what we think of the Lakers' draft, and what we're hoping for from free agency.Oh, and of course a little bit of what fans can expect from the Kobe Bryant special edition of NBA 2K17.

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You can follow Chris on Twitter at @LD2K, and Harrison at @hmfaigen.