The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a season just about anyone would have taken had you told them about how it’s played out thus far heading into the 2018-’19 campaign. They’re finding ways to win while also figure out which young players make the most sense alongside LeBron James.
Today’s podcasts focus on how to navigate this time of year, where trade rumors run rampant no matter how little sense each rumor might make for the Lakers or the team they’d be negotiating against. The Lakers are also about to get a couple key components of the rotation back, so plenty of time was spent on what that might do for the team’s nightly approach.
The Lake Show
On today’s episode of The Lake Show, Harrison once again appeared at my doorstep. Though this time there was no salsa slander, so I guess I’ll take that as progress.
We start the show by discussing trade rumors season, as it was kicked off this past weekend with some of the weirdest trade negotiations we’ve really ever seen. Rather than spend a ton of time on the trade machine for specific names the Lakers could (but probably won’t) trade for, Harrison and I instead take a more general look at the kinds of trade rumors fans should pay attention to, and which they can let fly past without further thought.
We also discussed Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo’s return to the lineup and what it might mean for the rotation after. I offer up a take that legitimately surprised Harrison, so that was fun, especially after all the data he gave on Ingram with and without LeBron James on the court.
We finish off the episode by reviewing chapter one of our good friend Byron’s book. Listen to the full episode here and make sure to subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts so you don’t miss any of the channel’s very-nearly-daily shows.
Locked on Lakers
On today’s show, I open up the episode by talking about Ingram and Rondo’s upcoming return to the rotation. Then, I spoke to Aaron Larsuel of “The Official Lakers Podcast.” He’s been traveling with the team, so that offers up some unique context on the wear and tear of that type of travel, even without playing basketball games.
We also discussed how he we would handle the rotation as guys get back given what we’ve seen over the last few weeks and what Moe Wagner showed Sunday. Did he play well enough to maybe carve out a few minutes nightly given his skillset compared to others at his position on the roster? Listen to the full show below and subscribe on iTunes to ensure you don’t miss anything moving forward.