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Podcast: The Lakers are developing an identity behind LeBron James and their recently stellar defense

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The Lakers have barely passed the quarter mark of the season and have already built an identity alongside LeBron James. That’s pretty impressive.

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We have something for everyone today in terms of podcasting content. Locked on Lakers has you covered with today’s news and analysis, then on “The 30” Jas Kang sends you back with a fun conversation about the Lakers of old.

Locked on Lakers

Picking up on where I left off in the last episode of Locked on Lakers, Pete and I discuss LeBron James and where he belongs in the MVP discussion. Thursday, I got into why James deserves a spot alongside those being considered for the award, today, we got into why he might not have been a part of the conversation to this point.

In the second segment, Pete and I get into the identity the Lakers seem to be building and how impressive it is that they’re able to do so this early in the season. This started as all Pete’s idea but, given how well it turned out, I am more than willing to take some credit here as well. Shouts to Rob Pelinka when the Lakers drafted Moe Wagner.

Finally, we finish on Brandon Ingram’s injury and what effect it might have on the team. What are the chances he’ll have a starting spot to come back to? I want to be absolutely clear on this: While I have been frustrated by the starting lineup, this is by no means whatsoever the way I wanted to see Hart inserted into it. Ingram’s injury sucks. End of story.

To listen to our full conversation, click play right below this graf. And to make sure you don’t miss anything, subscribe on iTunes here:

The 30

In this episode Jas talks with Bill Dwyre, who was the LA Times sports editor for 25 years before becoming a columnist for the outlet.

Bill and Jas started things off by talking about the showtime era, and the infamous press conference where Dr. Buss introduced the legendary Jerry West as coach, only for him to defer to Pat Riley. Bill was in attendance that day and remembers how the Showtime era didn’t get off to a good start.

Although Dr. Buss looked like he didn’t have a handle on things at the time, his decision, like most that he made, turned out to be right one.

They then discussed the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, and what it was like to be at the Fabulous Forum during that time and how good those Finals series were.

Bill and Jas also touched on the day Magic made the announcement that he was retiring due to HIV and how the mood in the city was that day. Bill also shares his favorite Magic Johnson story.

And of course, Bill and Jas had to touch on the Shaq and Kobe feud and why things turned out the way they did.

To wrap things up, Jas asks Bill who he thinks is the greatest Laker of all time. Listen to the full episode below and make sure to subscribe to the Silver Screen & Roll podcast channel to make sure you never miss a show: