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Lakers Podcast: Was the win over the Mavericks a sign this team has turned a corner?

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Plus, John Ireland joins the show to discuss how much film Luke Walton watches, what it’s like on the road with the Lakers this season and the overall vibe around the team.

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The Los Angeles Lakers finally got their second win since LeBron James went down, moving to 2-6 without their star forward. But was the victory a meaningful indicator of progress for young players like Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram as they push each other to be better, or just the latest fool’s gold from the team? You’ll be shocked at which side of the debate Anthony takes on the latest episode of “The Lake Show.”

After we were done debating that, we threw to my chat with Spectrum Sportsnet reporter and radio voice of the Lakers on ESPN 710, John Ireland (around the 10:00 mark).

John and I spoke before the Lakers beat the Mavericks, but he was able to provide the type of unique insight you can only get from someone who travels on the team plane, like how Luke Walton watches as much film as he’s ever seen any Lakers coach watch, how the mood around the team has been during their recent struggles and what LeBron James has changed about the team’s dynamic.

John and I also spoke about what the team has been missing the most since James and Rondo went down with their respective injuries, the progress the young core is making as they try to fill the void and more.

After John and I were done, Anthony and I came back to answer some questions from the mailbag about Ivica Zubac and Kyle Kuzma’s value around the league, and my couch. No, I’m somehow not kidding about the last one.

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