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Podcast: Did how the Lakers took care of Kobe Bryant help them sign LeBron James?

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The Lakers were mostly laughed at for the contract they gave Kobe Bryant, but did it help them land LeBron James?

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Thanks to a confluence of events (namely, LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers — which is still very cool, in case you were wondering), the Locked on Lakers schedule got thrown off a bit. Usually, mailbag episodes come on Mondays but, seeing as James signed on Sunday, that took precedent and the mailbag was pushed back to Wednesday.

As always, you guys killed it with questions. I wasn’t able to get to all of them because the LeBron signing rendered them either unanswerable or irrelevant, but there were intriguing ones nonetheless, starting with the very first:

Did Kobe Bryant’s huge final contract and farewell tour plant the first couple seeds in the Lakers’ eventual pitch to LeBron James?

This is an interesting theory that builds off of the way the Lakers have done business since Dr. Jerry Buss bought the team. They’re loyal to a fault. They take care of their own. You do right by them, and there will always be a place for you. Maybe that loyalty helped nudge James in their way.

Next, I talk about a potential signing the Lakers could have made instead of Rajon Rondo: Seth Curry. The Lakers are really focused on toughness and creativity, so Rondo apparently made more sense to them that way, but I do think that has a lot to do with reputation and a possible bias from the times Magic saw Rondo either in the finals or this last playoff run, but to me, Curry offers a better fit as well as more upside than Rondo.

Other topics covered in this show are what might’ve happened with Julius Randle, other free agents next summer and plenty more.

Listen to the full discussion below and as always, please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.