The Los Angeles Lakers are in a bit of a rut and the podcasts here at Silver Screen and Roll are trying to identify the team’s biggest problems in hopes of finding a solution.
In this week’s episode of “Can You Dig It?” Grant Goldberg and myself recap the abysmal effort the Lakers showed in their last two games, which might be related to their inability to defend bigs that can space the floor like Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets.
Tyson Chandler and JaVale McGee are perfectly serviceable options on most nights for the Lakers, but in games where they see bigs that can shoot, they need someone that can step up and guard big bodies on the perimeter. Is that player on their roster?
We also talk about whether or not LeBron James calling his own shots is a problem for the Lakers. In a report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN, an anonymous scout stated that James has been deliberately ignoring Walton’s play calls when he’s running point.
Is this indicative or LeBron’s lack of faith in Luke, or just LeBron being LeBron?
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On today’s episode of Locked on Lakers, Anthony dives deep into the Brandon Ingram situation, starting with the context under which Ingram is playing right now and where expectations should have been heading into the season. Has he met those expectations? Maybe, maybe not, depends on what fans were hoping for.
He then discusses what needs to happen from everyone involved to make it work between Ingram and LeBron. Mathematically, they can’t avoid each other, so something needs to change.
If the Lakers can’t find a way to get their two most talented players working off of each other, then a trade probably needs to happen. Fair warning, though, there aren’t many options out there.
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