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Podcast: Why it doesn’t matter who starts for the Lakers

The Lakers have a versatile enough roster to allow for combinations to be prioritized over when specific players play.

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It’s Monday, which means it’s time for a Locked on Lakers mailbag episode. Fair warning: This one goes kind of all over the place.

We start this episode with an interesting topic: Whether I or Pete have a go-to YouTube videos to pump ourselves up. I guess my question (if you don’t mind my answering a question with a question) is what I’d need to pump myself up for? Still, I had a couple videos in mind.

The first serious topic of conversation is the path to at some point potentially landing Anthony Davis, who just recently became the latest and greatest Klutch client. Davis’ free agency isn’t for quite some time, but that probably won’t stop any speculation about his next destination. Actually, that almost definitely won’t stop any speculation about his next destination.

From there, the focus shifts to a popular topic thus far through four preseason games: The center rotation. Basically, what are the Lakers’ options in case Kyle Kuzma or Michael Beasley don’t work out as a small-ball centers, or Ivica Zubac and Moe Wagner aren’t ready to fill the role as traditional backup centers? Well, to the scrap heap we go. There are options, but are the Lakers better off waiting?

After discussing the Lakers’ options at center, the questions segue over to the Lakers’ rotation in general and more specifically: not the starters, but the closers. Interestingly enough, this mirrors the conversation about who might start for the Lakers this season. To me, it’s not about who is on the court more often than others, but the combinations within the rotation the Lakers lean on. I promise I’ll try to make this make sense.

There are other topics covered but I don’t think Harrison would want me to mention that in here.

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.

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