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Podcast: What stuck out from LeBron James and the other Lakers at media day?

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Quite a few narratives about the Lakers seem to be taking some brutal hits since LeBron James has had an opportunity to speak about them.

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LeBron James has seemingly gone out of his way to take a jackhammer to each and every lazy narrative that was thrown out there after he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. During Monday’s media day, he even seemed annoyed at continued efforts to get him to say something he would never say.

To discuss the day’s events, I welcomed Silver Screen and Roll’s own Christian Rivas.

We start by talking about LeBron’s press conference and time on Spectrum SportsNet. There was a decided difference between his demeanor while in front of the media at-large versus his time on the Spectrum set. James very obviously didn’t want to talk about his off-court ventures and would have rather focused on the Lakers as an on-court entity.

The thing is: I get it. The question (singular) needed to be asked. It would be irresponsible not to ask about something so clearly worth wondering about. I’m speaking about James’ priorities and specifically whether he’s more focused on off-court projects than he is producing for the Lakers.

Once James made it clear he wasn’t taking the bait, however, follow-ups only took him further from any interest in saying anything interesting during his media session.

From there, Christian and I segue to the aforementioned narratives and the beating they’ve taken since James committed to at least three years of Lakers basketball. The goalposts have done quite a bit of moving, so it was fun to point that out.

Finally, we finish by discussing how present Lonzo Ball was throughout Monday’s festivities. Just about everyone mentioned how his body has transformed, so we analyzed what that might mean for his game moving forward. Please, Lonzo, get and stay healthy.

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.