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Podcast: While LeBron James is out, the offense has to run through Lonzo Ball whenever he’s on the court

The offense the Lakers run just seems to make more sense when Lonzo Ball is in charge of it. This has to become the norm.

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Today’s podcast content offers conversations on both a wider scope and a narrow one, as we’ve reached the point in the season where larger questions can start being asked. Still, that doesn’t mean that, from time to time, you can’t stop to smell the roses. And there’s no better time to do so than after the Lakers get a win like Thursday night’s in Oklahoma City.

The 30

In this episode of The 30 podcast, Jas and Seerat Sohi of Yahoo Sports discuss the Lakers’ struggles without LeBron James and how coach Luke Walton has done without his superstar. They also talk Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and their future with the Lakers.

With Seerat being based in Toronto, they also touch on Kawhi Leonard, and follow that up with some Anthony Davis talk. To wrap things up, they talk about being a woman in the sports media industry.

Listen to the full episode below and for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

Locked on Lakers

Today’s episode is pretty much just a celebration of last night’s huge victory (I’d argue it’s the win of the season), as evidenced by Pete’s guttural yells to open up the show. It wasn’t even just that the Lakers won — obviously that’s the most important thing, but still, they easily out-executed Oklahoma City in an overtime that probably should never have taken place, and it was the kids who were doing it.

The one complaint from the game both Pete and I shared was how Walton handled Lonzo’s minutes. Despite that weird decision on Walton’s part, Ball responded by once again operating as the team’s creative driving force on offense, opening things up for easy opportunities all over the court for his teammates who, to their credit, finished off plays.

As with all performances like this, we discuss whether we saw anything the Lakers can build on moving forward. We did, and we explain what, even despite my inability to read a schedule and calendar.

Listen to the full conversation below and subscribe on iTunes to make sure you never miss an episode.

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