The Los Angeles Lakers were unstoppable on their three-game road trip. Even games looked out of reach, they managed to find a way back. The question now is whether or not they can do that against teams that are just as good as them. We talk about that and more in today’s podcasts.
Can You Dig It?
The NBA regular season is two weeks old, and the Lakers hold the best record in the Western Conference with six consecutive wins — including three on the road — and one loss. But how much of their early success has to do with their schedule?
Jacob and I talked about the early-season trends for the Lakers, what they showed on their successful road trip and how much of it they can carry into the tougher part of their schedule. We also discussed the new-look bench mob featuring Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard.
That second unit went on a nice run against the Chicago and they complement each other really well, so will head coach Frank Vogel roll with them, or will he try to incorporate Rajon Rondo? We’re about to find out.
Locked on Lakers
Thanks to a bevy of questions since the season started, Anthony is once again playing catch-up on the iTunes mailbag. So he spent today’s episode doing all he could get back on track on listeners’ questions.
One topic that has popped up because, well, people need to find something to criticize the Lakers over has been the play of Brandon Ingram, and especially compared to Kyle Kuzma. The point that apparently people are trying to make is that Ingram is just the latest example of a player getting away from the Lakers’ player development team and then thriving, but more context needs to be taken into account regarding his play alone — let alone when comparing it to the still-recovering Kuzma.
Other topics included: Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss getting praise, the offense catching up to the defense, JaVale McGee’s minutes and attitude, and more.
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.