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Podcast: LeBron James continues to stumble in comments on China

LeBron James offered up an explanation that didn’t exactly help his situation, and said that was the last time he’ll address the controversy in China.

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The Los Angeles Lakers got some very good news on the injury front, as it appears Anthony Davis merely bumped his hand and didn’t have it amputated as some in NBA media seemed to think he’d have to (he’s set to play on Monday night). But even that had the shadow of the NBA’s continued controversy with China — thanks in no small part to LeBron James bungling his statements — hanging over it.

Our podcast hosts give you the latest on all these fronts.

The Lake Show

Harrison and I start the show by reacting to James’ latest round of quotes on Daryl Morey and China, namely with his insistence that he was taken out of context and that was the reason for all the criticism he’s received. In complete fairness, he was asked whether that was the case directly, but we disagree with the premise.

We continued to go back-and-forth on the subject and whether James should be looked at differently from this point on as it seems he has prioritized the bottom line over public social activism.

From there, we celebrated the fact that Davis’ hand appears to be fine and the Lakers are on the verge of getting one of their shooters back.

You can listen to the latest 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

To start, Pete and I give our thoughts on James’ message that basically, not all examples of injustice have to be brought up at all times. It flies in the face of some of his previous messaging, and it’s a sentiment we can’t quite get behind.

After a lengthy discussion on that, we move on to mailbag topics listeners prefer, and, boy a lot of y’all want to defend Rajon Rondo. So rather than beat that dead horse again, we tried to figure out why it is that he inspires such rabid defense. This was an interesting conversation.

To finish, despite what Frank Vogel says about the Lakers’ shooting, it is a bit of a concern. We analyze why it is they’re struggling again and then broaden that discussion to why the Lakers seem to be historically behind in that department.

You can listen to the entire episode below, and make sure to subscribe on iTunes, where you can also leave questions in the form of a five-star review to guarantee your topic makes the show.