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Podcast: Did Lonzo Ball show enough to be the permanent starting Lakers point guard?

Lonzo Ball has been impressive and the team is winning. But is that enough to force Luke Walton into making him the full-time Lakers starting point guard?

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Heading into there game Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers seemed prime for a loss. They were playing their second game of a back-to-back, Denver has been rolling and the Lakers were shorthanded. Things just didn’t quite feel right. All that could realistically be hoped for was continued competition as we’ve seen to this point.

So of course the Lakers went out and won.

We at Silver Screen & Roll pulled double duty and we’ll start by introducing the latest addition to our official podcast channel: The Meme Team. Here’s Christian Rivas to introduce the topics of their first episode together.

Silver Screen and Roll’s own Meme Team of Christian Rivas and Grant Golderg react to the Lakers winning back-to-back games after starting the season 0-3 and why the team’s uptick in production is going to force head coach Luke Walton to make a few difficult decisions.

You can listen to their full conversation here:

On today’s Locked on Lakers, Pete and I hit on the same topic, though I’m less optimistic about whether Walton will make go to Lonzo Ball as the Lakers’ starting point guard with Rajon Rondo available as he comes back from his three-game suspension. Ball has certainly shown flashes to prove why he deserves that spot, but you never quite know with these things.

Interestingly enough, I actually think the guy who might really be affected by Rondo and Brandon Ingram coming back is Lance Stephenson, despite his recent strong play. We also discuss why he might be effective given this specific situation on the Lakers.

Finally, we finish the show by discussing Walton, who deserves a ton of credit for the way he’s handled things to this point. Coaching this team is pretty complicated when you factor everything together, and we explain why the job he’s done gives reason for everyone to be optimistic moving forward.

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 to either “The Silver Screena nd Roll Podcast” or “Locked on Lakers” on iTunes.

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