The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to bounce back from a rough stretch without LeBron James. On today’s podcasts, everyone analyzes how the team might move forward.
Alex Padilla and Jordan Carruth are back from the holiday break to talk about the Lakers’ miserable run without LeBron James.
The Lakers went 2-5 without Jame, and. Alex explains that he is most disappointed in Brandon Ingram’s inconsistency. He thinks the more the light shines on the issues Ingram has had, the lower his trade value becomes. Jordan agrees, but thinks the Lakers should not even be considering trading Ingram or anyone, unless it’s for Anthony Davis.
Finally, Jordan talks about what he wants to see from the Lakers next three games vs. the Pistons, Jazz and Cavaliers. Alex finishes up by pleading for the media to stop the Luke Walton hot seat rumors.
Locked on Lakers
On today’s episode, Pete and I discussed Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram bouncing back after being called out by Luke Walton. While it’s definitely better than the alternative, neither I nor Pete see this is an actual turning point in the season, so much as it’s a sigh of relief as of right now.
We did, however, see a way for Ingram and Ball to work together that might actually carry over to when guys get healthy again. Basically, Ingram needs to be seen as a secondary creator who benefits from the defense having to rotate over to him, rather than take on a stationary squad. This also allows us to make a larger point about how a lot of the guys are being used.
Finally, we give our thoughts on the continued speculation about Walton’s job security. Listen to the full conversation below and subscribe on iTunes to make sure you don’t miss any other episodes.