The Los Angeles Lakers will open their preseason against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and head coach Frank Vogel will gives fans their first look at his rotation for the season. We discuss lineups, position battles and more on today’s podcasts.
Can You Dig It?
With the first week of training camp in the books and the Lakers’ first preseason game on Saturday, Jacob and Christian broke down who’s stood out on the team so far and who will likely be fighting for minutes in the preseason.
Avery Bradley seems to have made a strong impression on his new head coach, Frank Vogel, as well as his teammates, and it wouldn’t surprising to see him start at point guard against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. However, with Bradley’s emergence and Rajon Rondo’s previous relationship with Anthony Davis expected to be a factor in his role with the team, there will be at least one point guard who won’t see regular playing time this season. Will it be Quinn Cook or Alex Caruso?
They also discuss the battle for the starting center spot between JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard. Most people expect McGee to assume the role he played last season — including McGee himself — but is there anything Howard can do in the preseason that would warrant him getting the starting job?
Find out on this week’s episode of “Can You Dig It?”
Locked on Lakers
Pete attended his first Lakers practice of the season and brought us all back video to hold us over until tomorrow’s preseason opener. Here’s a quick highlight video:
It’s going to be really hard not to beat a dead horse this season with Rondo. But the longer her plays, the more obvious it’s going to get that he’s an actual dead horse.
On the positive side of what Pete noticed during the scrimmage was Anthony Davis being really good at basketball. I was also surprised by how vocal he was on the defensive end — something Pete says actually extended out to the other centers on the roster. If a few things go right, the Lakers might actually be decent to good on that side of the ball.
Finally, we broadened the scope of the conversation to a topic we haven’t quite been able to put our fingers on, thanks to a listener question: Why can’t some fans get fully invested in this season?
It just feels like there’s something holding us back. Pete explains it through the players on the roster and how they aren’t quite Lakers in the way that most of the players we grew up rooting for were. I think it has more to do with a reluctance to put ourselves out there all over again given how the last, oh, I don’t know, decade has gone.
The fact remains, however, there is plenty to get excited about, starting with tomorrow night’s game. We preview that to finish the show.
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