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Podcast: Can LeBron James and Russell Westbrook figure some things out this preseason?

LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have to figure out how they fit together, and the Lakers will be watching closely.

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Every year, fans of NBA teams sit in front of their televisions with rampant curiosity to watch games that don’t matter. Sure, getting to see one’s favorite team for the first time on the court is exciting, but the results will never, ever mean anything. This week on “The Hook,” Aaron Larsuel and I took a look at the preseason, and the differences between how fans watch those games compared to the teams they’re watching.

Before we get to that, though, we have to update everyone on the latest regarding Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers, if for no other reason than it’s really fun to laugh at that entire situation. For once, the drama doesn’t reside in Los Angeles, and this is a nice change.

After some time laughing at the mess Daryl Morey has to fix, Aaron and I turned our attention to a preseason that could offer some insight, even if declarations from a handful of games no one playing cares about feels like perfect “old takes exposed” material. I’m certainly focused on the LeBron James-Russell Westbrook dynamic, and even Aaron says he’s intrigued by what we might see. Progress!

From there, and after taking a look around the league to see which teams or situations we’re most interested in over the next couple weeks, we dive headfirst into story time.

This week, I tell my Michael Jordan story, which includes me trash talking a bad drive he hit, as well Jordan making fun of my mom. Then, Aaron gives his story, this time detailing the time he was ready to fight Bo Jackson.

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

And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.