Dedicated to the Study of Lakers Basketball. Hosted by Pete Zayas and Darius Soriano.
The Lakers attacked free agency with the same force of LeBron or AD on the fastbreak, retaining KCP and signing Wes Matthews, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the team's moves and breakdown how they think this new iteration of the team will play on both sides of the ball.
Free Agency Preview
After trading for Dennis Schröder the Lakers have waived Quinn Cook, seen Avery Bradley opt out of his contract, and had JaVale McGee decide to pick up his option to return to the team. Pete, Mike, and Darius break down these players' decisions and preview the Lakers' needs heading into what should be a fast moving free agent period. Later, the guys discuss news from around the NBA, including Klay Thompson's injury and the moves the Mavs, Suns, and Blazers have made to improve their rosters.
Dennis Schröder Scouting Report
The Lakers have acquired Dennis Schröder from the OKC Thunder, in exchange for Danny Green and the 28th pick in the 2020 Draft. In this episode, Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how Schröder's dribble penetration ability brings a different dimension to the Lakers' offense, and whether or not he can defend deep into the playoffs.
There are reports that the Lakers have agreed to a trade in principle with the OKC Thunder. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss how the move would impact how the Lakers build out their roster in free agency.
Celebrating the Role Players
From KCP to Dwight Howard to Alex Caruso and others, the Lakers do not win the 2019-20 NBA championship without the many contributions of their role players. Pete, Darius, and Mike reflect on the seasons of these players and highlight all they contributed on the journey to the Lakers in their title run.
72 Game Season
The NBA and the players have agreed to terms on the framework of the 2020-21 season. Pete, Darius, and Mike dive into the details of the deal to discuss the financial terms of the agreement and debate how the Lakers and other teams around the league will approach the challenges (and potential benefits) of a 72 game season.