The Los Angeles Lakers are mere hours from their first official game with LeBron James on the roster. So as everyone would imagine, the focus is on Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant and wait what are we doing here?
On today’s Locked on Lakers, I welcome Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report to discuss what looks like to be a fun matchup not just on the basketball court, but in general as organizations.
We start by discussing what’s turned out to be a fascinating Western Conference playoff picture given all that’s gone on and how both the Lakers and Blazers fit into it — both heading into the season and now that the Minnesota Timberwolves all apparently hate each other and the San Antonio Spurs started losing a point guard per week.
From there, we turn our attention to Paul Allen’s passing. I remember exactly where I was when Dr. Jerry Buss passed away (something I’m sure most Lakers fans can recall in similar ways), so Sean and I spent some time talking about him both as an owner of that team in particular and a person in the grand scheme of things.
Seeing as there is a game tonight, we figured it was a good idea to discuss how the teams match up. Given everything going on (and the Lakers’ history in Portland), it’s hard to feel very confident in the Lakers’ chances.
Finally, we talk about the swirling speculation that LeBron James might want to play with Damian Lillard. None of the rumors should surprise anyone, but really, the chances of any of it coming to fruition lie somewhere between slim and none (and probably closer to the latter).
As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes, or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.