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Podcast: How much depth do the Lakers really need?

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The Lakers depth is taking a hit with Rajon Rondo and Markieff Morris’ absences in Orlando, and it’s unclear how many more hits they can take.

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The Lakers are already down two rotation players heading into the NBA restart after Avery Bradley opted out and Rajon Rondo injured his hand. Now, it has been confirmed that the team is also missing Markieff Morris, even if it was an excused absence and the team expects him to arrive in Orlando soon.

On the latest episode of “I Love Basketball”, Anthony and Sabreena analyze the absence of Morris, specifically what he has contributed in his eight games with the Lakers so far and what his role could be moving forward as a wing defender and a crucial component of small-ball lineups. They then move into a larger discussion of just how many personnel hits the Lakers can take before they are no longer title contenders and what to expect from role players in general during the postseason. This devolves into a strange tangent on Alex Caruso and hairlines, but it’s worth a listen.

Anthony and Sabreena conclude by discussing the anti-Semitism that has permeated the recent online discourse, specifically because of posts made by DeSean Jackson and Nick Cannon, and then subsequent support from Stephen Jackson and Dwyane Wade, though both of the retired NBA players have walked back their remarks. They discuss the effect of these posts on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as what it means that the league and its players — who have been on the forefront of advocating for racial justice — have generally failed to respond.

You can listen to all that and more on the full episode below, and to make sure you never miss a single one, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

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