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Andy and Brian Kamenetzky bring you a daily look into the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. The Kamenetzky Brothers have covered the Lakers since 2005 for a variety of media outlets including the LA Times, ESPN and The Athletic, with a unique style combining traditional journalism, informal commentary and offbeat humor. They'll break down all the latest news surrounding L.A.'s premiere franchise on the "Locked On Lakers" podcast, a part of the "Locked On Podcast Network". #nba #lakers

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Andy and Brian Kamenetzky bring you a daily look into the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. The Kamenetzky Brothers have covered the Lakers since 2005 for a variety of media outlets including the LA Times, ESPN and The Athletic, with a unique style combining traditional journalism, informal commentary and offbeat humor. They'll break down all the latest news surrounding L.A.'s premiere franchise on the "Locked On Lakers" podcast, a part of the "Locked On Podcast Network". #nba #lakers

    NBA Tanking Culture, and Did the Lakers Take Part in it? Guest Jake Fischer

    NBA Tanking Culture, and Did the Lakers Take Part in it? Guest Jake Fischer

    "Tanking" has become a massive buzzword in NBA culture, and an approach to team-building that sparks everything from vitriol to accolades. Detractors say it's antithetical to winning, a reason ratings are down and an indictment of the analytically-driven geeks now running front offices. Defenders say it's the most effective way for franchises, particularly in small markets, to gather generational talent and turn fortunes. Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer has a terrific new book "Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever," which examines all sides of this polarizing topic, including where the Lakers' fallow period between Kobe Bryant's Achilles tear and the 2020 title fits into this story.

    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: How do you define tanking in the first place, why do people care if it happens and does it actually work? Fischer explains the culture of tanking.

    SEGMENT 2: After explaining why a zero-sum view of winning leads to a misunderstanding of tanking, Fischer discusses the several years of losing seasons and lottery picks for the Lakers. Was that tanking or ineptitude? Also, what role did Kobe's controversial $48,500,000 extension play in this struggle?

    SEGMENT 3: More talk about the ripple effect of Kobe's deal, plus the difficulties of combining the Mamba's twilight years, an old-school coach like Byron Scott and a group of lottery pick players. Plus, Andy runs his pet conspiracy theory about the Lakers and the NBA by Fischer.

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    • 38 min
    LeBron James Sounds Off On Injuries and the NBA's Schedule Makers, Plus More with Mo Dakhil!

    LeBron James Sounds Off On Injuries and the NBA's Schedule Makers, Plus More with Mo Dakhil!

    On Wednesday's show, the Kamenetzky's welcome the great Mo Dakhil, of Bleacher Report and The Athletic, keeper of a great Twitter and Twitch feed (MoDakhil_NBA) that'll teach you all sorts of stuff about basketball. Well, we have more to give from that conversation. Mo digs into Anthony Davis, and whether he's able/ready to take the torch from LeBron James, as Jared Dudley suggested he could during exit interviews. What does that even mean? Is it possible while LeBron is still active?

    But first, LeBron himself is in the news. First, for making the 2nd team All-NBA squad, and then for sounding off on Twitter at the NBA's schedule makers after a rash of injuries again impacted the NBA playoffs. Safe to say, he's not happy. The KamBrothers discuss.


    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: The Kamenetzkys react to LeBron getting named to the All-NBA second team, as well as his public criticism of the NBA's truncated 2021 schedule. How justified was he in both situations?

    SEGMENT 2: More Wednesday's conversation with Mo! How close is Anthony Davis to being "the man" in LA? Can he take the metaphorical torch from LeBron as early as next season, as Jared Dudley suggests?

    SEGMENT 3: How much does playing center really impact A.D.? Did Andre Drummond represent an obstacle for him to perform? Or is A.D. more the captain of his own ship?

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    • 34 min
    If LeBron and Anthony Davis are healthy, the Lakers are still elite - Guest, Mo Dakhil!

    If LeBron and Anthony Davis are healthy, the Lakers are still elite - Guest, Mo Dakhil!

    It's time for a Lakers 2021 season autopsy, and there's no better basketball mortician for these purposes than the Kamenetzky Brothers' favorite guest, NBA analyst and former team videographer Mo Dakhil (Bleacher Report, The Athletic, @MoDakhil_NBA)!

    Since the first round exit, there's been a lot of debate about how good of a team the Lakers really had, and whether they could realistically have repeated as constructed, if healthy. Mo offers his assessment, plus thoughts on two key young players, the Andre Drummond/Anthony Davis/LeBron James fit, the team's defensive success, Frank Vogel's coaching acumen, and more.

    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: The Lakers' season ended with a whimper, but the team was also rolling before a slew of injuries. Was this a legit championship roster before the wheels came off? Mo offers his opinion.

    SEGMENT 2: More thoughts on the roster. Could Drummond work with Davis and LeBron? Is it worth trying another season? Mo also explains why Kyle Kuzma's defensive development is critically important moving forward.

    SEGMENT 3: What is the defensive upside of Talen Horton-Tucker? How did Frank Vogel's approach allow the Lakers do succeed on that end, despite so many players in and out of the lineup.

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    • 38 min
    Is Jason Kidd leaving? Plus, we remember the Lakers' 2009 championship!

    Is Jason Kidd leaving? Plus, we remember the Lakers' 2009 championship!

    Jason Kidd is always a hot name for coaching searches, and this offseason is no exception. The Lakers' assistant coach will reportedly interview with the Orlando Magic, which prompts a discussion about his credentials... and also his off-court baggage. It's also the anniversary of the Lakers' 2009 championship, which the Kamenetzkys covered. What are the biggest memories of that team? And finally, they kick off a series examining the performance of key players. It begins with the back of the rotation: Markieff Morris, Jared Dudley and Ben McLemore.

    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: It feels like Kidd will be coaching somewhere else next season, despite a mediocre reputation as a tactician and many past transgressions away from the court. The Kamenetzkys discuss the compartmentalization allowing this to happen, as well as what traits the Lakers should target in his replacement.

    SEGMENT 2: Twelve years ago, the Lakers won title #16, and Kobe Bryant's first as the team's unquestioned leader. Are there commonalities between that team's arc and what LeBron James and Anthony Davis are currently experiencing?

    SEGMENT 3: A series examining the seasons of different Lakers: What can be learned, in terms of roster construction, from several back-of-the-rotation players?

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    • 38 min
    What constitutes success for the LeBron James/Anthony Davis era Lakers?

    What constitutes success for the LeBron James/Anthony Davis era Lakers?

    This weekend marked the 19th anniversary of the Lakers Threepeat teams clinching that third title. In the years since, no team has won three straight. This after the Bulls and Lakers made it seem like something that maybe could start happening a lot. So why hasn't it happened again, and will it? And what does it say about those Lakers that they got it done? How might this conversation shape expectations around the LeBron James/Anthony Davis-led Lakers?

    PLUS... LeBron said something nice to Lonzo Ball on Twitter. More than enough to satisfy the requirements of silly season on Twitter. Yes, Lonzo is coming back, baby, if reckless speculation is to be believed. And make no mistake, reckless speculation is basically the best kind!

    Finally, Glen Davis is, indeed, a big effing baby. He took it on the chin Sunday on social media, and with cause.

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: The Threepeat. What make it so impressive? How likely is it today a team could win three straight?

    SEGMENT 2: What does the challenge of winning a title in the modern era mean for expectations around the LBJ/AD Lakers? Is one enough? Two? Three?

    SEGMENT 3: Glen Davis sucks.

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    • 34 min
    Do the Lakers Have an Injury Problem or an Offense Problem? Yes!

    Do the Lakers Have an Injury Problem or an Offense Problem? Yes!

    The Lakers offense fell apart in the postseason. The shooting completely disappeared. Was it a problem of personnel? A reflection of injuries? Just bad luck and horrible timing? Well, yes. To all of it, at least to some degree. Alex Regla joins the show to break down the highs and lows, and take a peek towards the summer at what the Lakers might need going forward.

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: The Lakers' shooting collapsed in the playoffs. Covered players, wide open players - it didn't matter, the Lakers would miss. So what's the problem, and how easy is it to fix?

    SEGMENT 2: More on the offense. What changed from last season (pretty good on that end, at least until the bubble games) to this one (pretty mediocre for much of the year). Can it be chalked up to something as simple as injury? If not, what?

    SEGMENT 3: How wide open is the championship window for this version of the Lakers? It seems like it's tightening, mostly because the West has some teams that are coming fast, if they haven't already arrived. What does it mean for next season?

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    • 37 min

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/Patrik Klavebäck, Eksjö, Sweden

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