This is a Lakers town, and Allen Sliwa is getting you closer to the team during Lakers Talk weekly on ESPN LA 710 and the ESPN App.
Sliwa started off the show with the Lakers' huge win vs the Utah Jazz and what it means for the team. Then, Sli talked about the Athletic report that had Frank Vogel on the "hot seat." Also, Anthony Davis should be back soon, but Sliwa wonders if he's the "Savior" of the season. Then, ESPN's Brian Windhorst joined Allen to give his impressions of the Lakers more than halfway through the season and why the Lakers need "AD to be AD" to win a title. Also, Sli looked ahead at the Lakers "Grammys trip."
Allen gets real about where the Lakers are at this point in the season. Do you still have faith in this Lakers squad? Allen expresses how it felt to see Anthony Davis shoot around the basketball but what does that actually mean? Plus, Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation joins Allen. And, let's go around the NBA.
First show for the New Year of 2022 but Sli thinks the Lakers are still playing inconsistently even after a two game win streak. Allen is also a little concern that Russell Westbrook will basically “shrug his shoulders” after having a 9 turnover game. And, reaction to the Rajon Rondo trade that sent him to the Cleveland Cavs. Then, Sliwa looks ahead to the week for the Lakers and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving’s first game this season.
Anthony Davis is out, how concern should we be?
The Lakers take a loss against the Chicago Bulls, but don't be too disappointed Lakers fans. Anthony Davis will be out for at least four weeks, how concern should we be? Sliwa share his thoughts on the past few Laker games. Allen recalls a memorable day for Laker fans but specifically for Kobe Bryant fans, Sliwa is joined by The Athletics Lakers beat writer, Jovan Buha. Jovan shared his thoughts on Anthony Davis and on how he hasn't given up on the Lakers just yet. And, Allen goes around the NBA and looks ahead the Lakers schedule.
Could we see Ben Simmons in the purple and gold? Sliwa doesn't think so but he does want to see Detroit's Jerami Grant in a Laker uniform. Also, is there a real possibility that the Lakers "give up" on the Russell Westbrook experiment? Plus, Sliwa takes a look at the real value of having or not having Talen Horton-Tucker on the roster. And, with COVID hitting sports hard right now, Sliwa looks at how the Lakers are affected by the recent outbreak. Then, a lookahead to the week ahead for the Lakers which includes a big 3 game road trip against quality opponents.
Having What It Takes
Do the Lakers, as currently constructed, have what it takes to the NBA Finals? Are they "on par" with Phoenix and Golden State? Sliwa tried to answer the question. Plus, Sli thinks the Lakers have tried everything to "fix their woes." And, what's up with THT in the last 5 games? Then, Sli got us ready for the Lakers' most hated rival, the Boston Celtics.