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The Lakers are vastly outperforming expectations defensively, allowing LeBron James to conserve energy as Kobe Bryant insisted he should.

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We’re inching towards The Silver Screen & Roll’s podcast feed becoming a daily commodity. The latest addition to the network: “Show Tiempo,” with Alex Padilla and Jordan Carruth. Despite the Lakers having a second straight day without a game, there was plenty to talk about.

Show Tiempo

In their debut episode, Jordan and Alex introduce themselves to the audience by talking about their fondest Lakers memories, including Robert Horry’s famous 3-pointer, Derek Fisher’s 0.4 buzzer beater and Shaq’s alley-oop vs the Blazers.

Kobe Bryant had some interesting thoughts on the Lakers championship possibilities at the annual “All-Access” event at Staples Center. They break down Kobe’s thoughts on LeBron James doing “everything” for the Lakers and if they can win a championship with that formula.

Then the guys introduce a segment called “Show Tiempo Shots.” They talk about the Lakers having the “chillest” locker room. according to JaVale McGee, and if the Lakers can finish the season with a top-10 defense.

Finally, they talk about what they hope to see in their next 4 games vs the Spurs (twice), Grizzlies and Heat. Listen to the full conversation below and make sure to subscribe on iTunes to never miss an episode:

Locked on Lakers

On today’s episode of Locked on Lakers, Pete and I dove into the defense the Lakers have played since Tyson Chandler arrived. By now, we’ve all seen the stats, so the questions beg asking: Is what we’ve seen from them during that time sustainable and, if not, what might regression look like, and how far back might it take them?

They start by discussing what’s gone right and whether those factors are repeatable over the course of an 82-game season. While Chandler’s arrival marked the turnaround, he isn’t solely to thank for how well they’ve played. Luke Walton deserves a ton of credit here.

In segment two, we discuss which aspects of the defense might not be sustainable. Kyle Kuzma has played exponentially better on that end of late, but is that something the Lakers can rely on moving forward?

Lastly, we gave our analysis with all the context at work. You might be surprised by where we think the Lakers can wind up at season’s end.

To close the show, we discuss LeBron’s response to Kobe and Magic Johnson’s concerns about his workload. A lot can be true at the same time here.

Listen to the full conversation below and make sure to subscribe on iTunes to ensure you don’t miss anything moving forward.