When the league kicked off their annual media days on Monday, the usual light-heartedness and excitement-inducing quotes that typically transpire were instead largely absent. With several players and teams somehow still coming to grips with the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the overarching feeling of the day simply felt disappointing.
The Lakers, fortunately, helped buck that trend on Tuesday, with a mostly foible-free day. Beyond the off-the-court issues, the team also shared an encouraging sentiment amongst the group of selflessness, accountability and winning. Given what each player on this loaded roster will have to do to make it work, all the talk of sacrifice was music to Lakers fans ears.
In terms of the on-the-court, there was also quite a bit of nuggets when it came to how the team may look and play. Most notably, the continued discussion of Anthony Davis playing center, potentially even starting at the five spot when the season kicks off.
But with actual basketball still days away, analyzing what was (and wasn't) said on Tuesday is the basis of today's episode. And don’t get it twisted, there was certainly plenty for our hosts to decipher, though clearly the sooner the better when it comes to getting back to analyzing actual basketball.
So on this edition of Talk-O-Tuesday, Alex Regla and Alex Padilla discussed their thoughts on the Lakers’ media day, the most eyebrow raising quotes, and what all of it could mean for the season ahead.
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.