For the first time in months, we have a fresh Lakers basketball game to break down, even if it was just an ultimately meaningless scrimmage loss to the Dallas Mavericks. And one of the biggest takeaways? The Dion Waiters era in Los Angeles is going to be a lot of fun.
On a special postgame episode of “Can U Dig It?” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — normal host Jacob Rude was joined by guest Harrison Faigen to talk about what stood out to them most in the game, and it was hard to pick anything but Waiters’ debut. From his first shot, it was everything they imagined he would be and more, and it seems like he’s going to be a lot of fun in purple and gold. He also gives them a potentially more valuable playmaker than Rajon Rondo for a few reasons — including, somewhat ironically, better ball movement — that Harrison and Jacob go into.
Harrison and Jacob also discussed the starters not missing a beat with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope taking the place of Avery Bradley, as well as Talen Horton-Tucker, Quinn Cook and J.R. Smith getting some extended looks from Frank Vogel, in addition to as Kyle Kuzma’s own mixed Orlando debut.
Finally, they wrapped up the show by strongly recommending that everyone go and watch LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Frank Vogel’s postgame remarks on social justice, societal racism and acknowledging our own privilege. It was powerful stuff, and every Lakers fan should give it a watch.