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There is a lot of smoke swirling around Kevin Durant and the Warriors. Do LeBron James and the Lakers stand to benefit?

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Following a big win against the Portland Trail Blazers and the big loss of Rajon Rondo, there was plenty to talk about for Lakers podcasters.

On this, the second episode of “The 30” podcast at Silver Screen and Roll, host Jas Kang talks with Silver Screen and Roll’s own Alex Regla.

The guys kick things off by looking at why the Lakers have had a recent run of success, winning four straight and six of seven overall, coinciding with the addition of big man Tyson Chandler.

With the news of Rondo’s injury, how will Lonzo Ball respond to being “the guy” at point guard? Alex shares his thoughts on what makes Lonzo effective, and dives into how having LeBron James as a teammate has impacted the second year point guard.

With Alex’s background in analytics, Jas asks him what the numbers are showing for who could be taken out of the starting lineup, and both offer their opinions on potential changes Lakers head coach Luke Walton can look into for his rotation.

Following that, Jas and Alex look into the Lakers’ schedule, and how they’re primed to make a run to the top of the conference.

To wrap things up, the guys discuss potential moves for Melo, and if Kevin Durant could actually be in purple and gold next season. Listen to the full episode here:

Today’s Locked on Lakers covers whether Rondo’s absence might be a blessing in disguise. To a certain extent, that might hold some truth, but only if the players who stand to gain more responsibility are ready to assume it. Pete and I discuss whether not only Lonzo is ready for that, but also ask that same question across the entire roster.

Also discussed in the show is how the coaching staff has gone about getting Ball more consistently engaged. This might be the hardest I’ve ever gotten Pete to laugh, so stay tuned for that.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the shows. Listen to the full discussions below and please check out old episodes, or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing to either “The Silver Screen and Roll Podcast” or “Locked on Lakers” on iTunes.