Look, maybe, on occasion here and there, I might have lobbed a criticism at the Los Angeles Lakers. Maybe, after a personnel decision the Lakers have made, I’ve perhaps seen a piece of the sky land right outside my office. One might have even said a time or two that I have flown off the handle.
Today, however, after their first practice of training camp and given the consistent message of sacrifice, I, Anthony Frederick Irwin, am here to announce the Lakers have accomplished what thousands of people across all platforms of social media might have thought previous impossible: The Lakers haven’t given me anything to complain about.
My complete contentedness slightly worried my co-host Harrison Faigen, so this week in “The Lakers Lounge,” he asked what led to this great mood, and whether I think it’s here to stay.
It all really starts with Anthony Davis accepting which position he’s best at. As such, the world is brighter. Flowers smell better. Even Harrison’s jokes are actually funny.
With Davis at center, the rest of the roster makes sense. Russell Westbrook and James will have room to operate. Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony slot in at power forward. Dwight Howard can play the 15ish minutes he’d need to before fouling out or being ejected. DeAndre Jordan’s washedness doesn’t hurt as much if he’s only play a few minutes in each half.
Again, the world just makes more sense.
Combine Davis’ understanding of his own talents and how the Lakers need him to utilize them with the team at-large’s embracing of sacrifice and competition and the last two days couldn’t possibly have gone any better.
So on our latest pod, Harrison and I discussed all that, the funniest moments of media day, why Harrison prefers Cafe Río to Chipotle and more.
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.