This year has obviously been difficult, historic and deflating for so many around the world for a myriad of reasons, and the Lakers — and basketball — are obviously small comparatively in the grand scheme of things. But that’s doesn’t mean their ability to bring us together and serve as a much needed distraction is not worth celebrating.
When this team won their 17th championship on Sunday, so did the city of Los Angeles and all of the team’s fans who have followed along with them on this whole journey. So on this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla spent the majority of the show sharing their own thoughts on what the championship meant to them, and why this one might be the most special of all the Lakers’ titles.
Normally we only post our own podcast these days, but today is a little different, and not just because the Lakers won the title (even if that is obviously the far bigger event). Locked on Lakers — a show a co-founded with my friend Anthony Irwin — reached its 1,000th episode, a monumental achievement in podcasting, and he was kind enough to invite me back on to celebrate.
In our conversation with new NBA Champion Pete “Laker Film Room” Zayas, we had a great time reflecting on how far this team has come since we got started, how far we think coverage of the NBA still has to go, our favorite surprises from this season and a whole lot more. I hope you’ll have as much fun listening to it as we did recording it. Part one of that conversation is live today, while the other half will drop tomorrow.