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Podcast: Are the Suns more nervous about this Lakers team, or last year’s?

With Lakers-Suns on tab for Friday night, now is as good a time as any to see how confident both teams might be.

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One nice thing about the NBA is that players and teams can’t really dwell too long on a bad game, as more often than not, another is right around the corner. In this case, Russell Westbrook can put his godawful debut behind him to instead focus on Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns.

Really, though, it might actually be physically dangerous for the Lakers to be thinking back to their opener because if there’s one thing you want to avoid, it’s a Jae Crowder “accident.”

This week in the “Lakers Lounge,” Harrison Faigen is once again DNP-soft-ing, so I welcomed Gerald Bourguet on to discuss the Lakers-Suns matchup, as well as where both teams stand heading into the season.

A storyline I have found myself more interested in than just about any other is how other teams around the league think about this current version of the Lakers compared to last year’s roster, let alone the one that won a championship.

So, that’s where Gerald and I kicked things off. Not only is he more confident that Phoenix is better because of the moves the Lakers made this summer, but he even went so far as to say that privately, it wouldn’t surprise him to find out that the Suns organization might share that same belief.

From there, we discussed the Deandre Ayton situation, the larger-picture questions facing not just the Lakers and Suns, but the rest of the NBA, and plenty more, including how Gerald would react if Ayton randomly switched agencies to a certain romantic interest of a British pop singer.

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.