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Podcast: Lakers need more Alex Caruso, less Rajon Rondo

The Lakers may not be playing for really anything at this point, but Luke Walton should reward Alex Caruso for his stellar play.

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The Los Angeles Lakers just keep stumbling into new lows. Most recently, they fell through what we previously thought was rock bottom and crashed into a late-game collapse against the New York Knicks. Today’s podcasts cover that and plenty more.

I Love Basketball

Sabreena and Sasha discuss the ramifications of the perhaps not-so-devastating loss to the Knicks on Sunday, including a deep dive into the player who has soared like a rare and fierce bald eagle into favor with an overall unsatisfied Lakers fanbase: Alex Caruso.

They also checked in on Brandon Ingram’s health status after undergoing surgery this weekend, and look in on the rest of the young core, who are back to their old habits of busting each other’s butts on social media.

Finally, they try and fail to defend JaVale McGee from the haters, and wonder whether Luke Walton is really taking his head coaching job seriously in what is most likely the final month of his Lakers tenure, or if he checked out long ago (like so many of the Lakers veterans).

Listen to the full episode and, for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

Locked on Lakers

Today’s mailbag episode of the “Locked on Lakers” podcast features conversations about all kind of Lakers-related topics, but we started with why putting too much weight on the injuries the team has gone through this year only takes away from some major organizational concerns.

Yes, at one point this season, the Lakers were a four or five seed in a tough Western Conference. You have to remember, though: All teams go through injuries, and early season performance isn’t always indicative of what a team really might be.

I ask a simple question to those who say that all that went wrong this year were a few bumps and bruises: If that’s the case, then would you be okay with running everything back next season? If not, then it wasn’t actually injuries that derailed this team, but the team’s makeup, itself.

Also covered: Mark Jackson, Luke Walton, Magic Johnson and more free agents for this summer. 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.