With the first two preseason games in the rearview, the situation at point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers hasn’t been cleared up. In fact, it might even be more confusing than before the preseason started. We talk about that and more on today’s podcasts.
Can You Dig It?
For better or for worse, it seems as though Rajon Rondo will have a fairly large role on this Lakers team if for no other reason than to keep Anthony Davis happy. If that’s the case, though, head coach Frank Vogel needs to play Rondo exclusively with Davis — or should I say, without LeBron James.
For years, coaches have tried to push James off the ball and while it may work in spurts, it’s no secret that he’s at his best with the ball in his hands. It’s for that reason (among others) that he’s a really weird fit with Rondo and shouldn’t be in lineups with him even if Rondo has a career-year from behind the arc.
Sabreena, Jacob and I talk about that and more on today’s episode of “Can You Dig It?”
Locked on Lakers
Thanks to a funky schedule, Pete and Anthony felt like they were a day late on analyzing the Lakers’ preseason loss to Brooklyn even though we technically recorded on the same day. They could’ve recorded right after that game and released it, but you guys definitely didn’t want that.
This was the closest thing you’ll get to a good Rondo game and yet, it’s still fair to wonder whether it was worth the trade-off you make all over the court whenever he’s in. The problem is: The Lakers don’t have many better options so long as politics demand that Alex Caruso fight his way up the rotation.
Thursday’s game was fascinating in that the Lakers gave up way too many threes (Brooklyn hit 20 of their 40 attempts from deep), but remained in the game. The guys talked about how they’re going to likely try to fight against modern NBA math, but are pretty well-equipped to do so, as well as what they can do to mitigate against that math moving forward.
To wrap up this week’s worth of shows, the guys open up the mailbag for a fun hypothetical scrimmage between returning Lakers (Caruso, KCP, Kyle Kuzma, James and McGee) and new arrivals (Quinn Cook, Bradley, Green, Davis and Howard).
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