Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers had to slog through what felt like the longest summer in recent history, but having watched Anthony Davis and LeBron James play together for the first time, it sure felt worth it. Our podcast hosts react to a really fun weekend.
In this episode, Jas was joined by part-time NBA assistant coach Doug Eberhardt. To kick things off they break down the Lakers preseason opener against the Golden State Warriors. With Anthony Davis and LeBron James combining for 37 first half points, Doug goes into detail on the system Frank Vogel was running offensively.
With Davis being used heavily in the pick and roll, Doug shares his thoughts on what the Lakers are trying to maximize with the superstar pairing of LeBron and AD, and how vital it is that the Lakers have enough shooting around them.
Following that, Doug and Jas get into how good Avery Bradley has looked on the defensive end, and how important he is to the success of the team.
Then Doug puts on his coaching cap and gets into how he would defend the Lakers and game plan against them from an opponents perspective.
Locked on Lakers
Pete (still breathing too heavily) was out for this first show so I reacted solo to the Lakers’ first preseason game. Not to get ahead of myself after one win against a depleted Warriors team that started Omari Spellman at center, but it might be a good idea to start sizing those rings.
Because this is the Lakers we’re talking about and we aren’t allowed to just enjoy nice things, Frank Vogel also gave us a heaping helping of Rajon Rondo. It was legitimately striking to see the difference in skill level between him and Alex Caruso. The minutes allotment has to flip between those two players.
Overall, though, it was a fun game, and starting the preseason off with a win is always nice. I offered up a couple other game notes and then opened up the mailbag.
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