Show Tiempo this week focuses on the Lakers’ struggles vs bad teams without LeBron James. Jordan and Alex talk about the excruciating task of recording a podcast while the Lakers almost blow another lead, this time to the Chicago Bulls.
The Lakers are now 4-7 without James, and have not played good basketball despite playing two of the worst teams in the NBA over their last two games. LeBron will miss the next two games vs the Thunder and Rockets, and they don’t have high hopes for the Lakers in those games. They also talk about the young core being inconsistent without James, the lack of scoring and which players have disappointed them the most during this bad streak.
They also discuss why the Lakers made a mistake by not trading some of the young core for Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, as Jordan has started to think Brandon Ingram may not be the player he hoped Ingram could be. They both agree that inconsistency is the most frustrating part of this team. And they discuss if the Lakers can find a true No. 2 to LeBron James.
Lastly, is Luke Walton going to survive this season? Listen to the full conversation below.
Locked on Lakers
Pete and I react to a weird Lakers win by mostly pointing out how weird it was. The vibe from Staples Center felt more like a trial than it did a sporting event, and I was interested to see if Pete noticed the same thing.
From there, we turned our focus to a strong Lonzo Ball performance. I’ve noticed that the Lakers are a significantly worse team when his engagement wanes, and look at least decent when he’s forcing the issue. Pete and I discuss what the Lakers could do to get aggressive Lonzo more often.
To close the show, we have a deeper conversation about Luke Walton and the offense he employs. This got interesting. Listen to the full episode below and subscribe on iTunes to ensure you don’t miss anything moving forward.