One thing that stuck out quite obviously as the Los Angeles Lakers opened their preseason last weekend was just how big and imposing a team they could have. Today, our podcast hosts discuss that, other takeaways from the game, and the situation the team finds itself in having landed in China (Full disclosure: We talked about the China aspect of things before the developments on that story from this morning).
To start the show, Harrison and I discussed the rapidly evolving NBA-China story and what the Lakers will find themselves in the middle of as they get ready to play a preseason game Thursday morning. Maybe.
From there, we segue awkwardly back to basketball, where the Lakers appear to have a good, fun team. What stuck out to us was just how big the Lakers appeared to be compared, albeit against a broken-down and small Warriors team. It brought to mind how wild it is to think that the Lakers — an organization synonymous with glitz and glamour — might be one of the league’s most physically imposing teams.
Oh, and I also had a not-so-minor freakout session regarding Frank Vogel’s comments about Alex Caruso.
Locked on Lakers
Pete and I start by giving a couple broad thoughts on the events unfolding regarding the NBA/Lakers/China. Again, this is an extraordinarily complicated situation made all the more difficult by various entities obfuscating what is going on in order to protect their national and international interests.
As far as actual basketball goes, we marveled at how perfectly Anthony Davis and LeBron James fit together. This isn’t quite the same thing as previous star-studded duos that had to take turns while they played together. James and Davis both make each other’s games better, and that’s a scary proposition for the rest of the NBA.
We finish the show on a couple iTunes mailbag questions, including how NBA strategists would handle it if the league outlawed screens.
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