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Podcast: How Luke Walton handles the veteran and youth dynamic will decide ceiling for Lakers

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The low end of what the Lakers are capable of might be higher if they rely on veterans, but their ceiling should still matter.

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The plan this month was supposed to feature three episodes of Locked on Lakers per week but, well, we have some news — some good and some bad. Okay fine it’s mostly good news but my good friends over on Reddit are probably going to see this as mostly bad.

So, the good news (or bad, if you were hoping to hear something about a change in hosting): The show is moving back to the usual five shows per week format a full month and a half sooner than I had originally planned.

The even better news: The show is moving back to the usual five shows per week format thanks in large part to the incredible support it’s continued to get all offseason. I’ll have more on that in the coming days but long story short... Y’all remain the bestest.

Also, get ready for player previews. I detail what those will look and sound like in today’s episode.

After that bit of self-indulgence, though, there was still a show to be hosted. A listener sent in a question I had meant to pass along to Pete for a future show but, given the circumstances, I decided to answer said question for segment two. I gave my top five Los Angeles sports figures extending beyond athletes. This was a ton of fun.

In segment three, I go back to a question from Monday’s episode about the Lakers’ youth versus the veterans the front office added after LeBron James committed to at least three years of Lakers basketball.

In order for the Lakers to unlock this team’s true potential, Luke Walton and the coaching staff are going to have to rely on the young guys even if it comes at the cost of the perceived security veterans might sometimes offer.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.