With mere days before NBA free agency really kicks off, our podcasts welcomed a couple great guests to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers’ options at point guard. Should the Lakers roll with D’Angelo Russell or Malcolm Brogdon, if they have their choice between the two?
Silver Screen & Roll Podcast
Harrison and I were fortunate enough to get to speak to fellow Cal State Fullerton alum Marc Stein of the New York Times on today’s show. We started the conversation with a broader focus on how little people seem to know about the top free agents’ intentions come this weekend and into next week.
To be perfectly frank, it was refreshing to hear a reporter acknowledge that there is stuff he just doesn’t know right now rather than offer up his opinion, no matter how informed it might be. Stein doing this makes it all the more noteworthy when he does actually report information.
From there, we discussed a few topics, including the Lakers’ perception before and after Magic Johnson’s resignation, their chances with Kawhi Leonard, and plenty more. Perhaps the most interesting topic had to do with a couple choices the Lakers might have at the position of point guard and who between Russell and Brogdon we’d prefer if all things were equal.
(Harrison had to do some googling to find out just how good Brogdon was last season.)
Locked on Lakers
On today’s episode, I welcomed Kristian Winfield of SB Nation (for another few days) and The New York Daily News. Kristian has covered Russell up close in Brooklyn over the last couple years, so I wanted to poke his brain for how specifically Russell has grown during that time.
We’ve seen the results — an all-star game appearance as well as a trip to the postseason — but what has Russell done to take his game to this level and is continued growth still a possibility? Can Russell tweak his game to fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis? Is he ready for the pressure that would come with that type of environment?
We try to answer those questions and I try (and fail) to keep myself from getting too excited about this possibility.
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