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Running out of hope for the Lakers
After a little Thanksgiving week break, the Lakers Outsiders podcast is BACK! We return at an inopportune time, following a heartbreaking loss to the Pacers that came via a buzzer-beating, go-ahead 3-pointer.
Donny McHenry (@donny_mchenry), Raj Chipalu (@RajChipalu), and Chris Walton (@HoopeFiasco) start diving into this game by talking about how they act at home during these down-to-the-wire types of Lakers games. After that, they then (begrudgingly) start talking about their immediate reactions to seeing Andrew Nembhard's 3-pointer go through the hoop.
To close, they discuss their level of hope in this team -- Westbrook trade or no Westbrook trade -- before giving their predictions on how the upcoming road trip will go for the Lakers.
Back to the Lakers rumor mill...
The Lakers are 2-8. You know what that means... time for reports and rumors from the media!
Donny (@donny_mchenry), Raj (@RajChipalu), and Walt (@HoopeFiasco) discuss these recent rumors, including the fact that the Lakers are getting more "prudent" with their first round draft picks they can trade in light of the terrible start as well as the fact that they may have their eyes on a mystery "bigger piece" in return for Russell Westbrook and those aforementioned picks.
Other than that, well, the fellas sort of lose their marbles while trying to figure out what to talk about given it feels like we're in a never-ending loop of this type of news.
What to continue, what to change for the Lakers
After the Lakers won their first game of the season, Donny (@donny_mchenry), Walt (@HoopeFiasco), and Raj (@RajChipalu) talk about the positive aspects of the team that they want to continue seeing moving forward, as well as the things that still need to change even with the recent success on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.
This shouldn’t be about Russell Westbrook anymore
Russell Westbrook took an ill-advised mid-range jump shot in the closing moments of the Los Angeles Lakers' 106-104 loss on Sunday vs. the Trail Blazers. The topic of conversation is now centered around him yet again, however, Donny (@donny_mchenry) and Walt (@HoopeFiasco) really saw no point in focusing on him for the 1000th time over the past year. Instead, they rant about the most powerful decision-makers with the franchise. Specifically, they discuss how they need to take control of their team by making the toughest decisions, decisions they'd like to have us believe they have the capabilities of making.
Holiday season Westbrook trade for the Lakers?
After a disappointing season opener against the Warriors, Donny (@donny_mchenry) and Walt (@HoopeFiasco) discuss whether they are more worried about the Lakers' offense or defense moving forward.
Before that, they discuss the most recent report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that states the Lakers are waiting until after Thanksgiving -- around the 20-game mark -- to see if any other trade scenarios open up to them to finally deal Russell Westbrook for something they deem suitable. The two talk about whether this is a smart strategy or not, as well as the numerous factors that go into evaluating the decision.
Anthony Davis starting at the five? Finally?
In this episode of the podcast, Donny McHenry (@donny_mchenry), Chris Walton (@HoopeFiasco), and Raj Chipalu (@RajChipalu) discuss the news of Lakers head coach Darvin Ham indicating that the idea of Anthony Davis starting at center is under heavy consideration.
They then talk about who will fill the final roster spots on the team after Matt Ryan had a breakout night on Sunday against the Warriors. After that, they finish by discussing the announcement of Rob Pelinka's contract extension that happened over the week.
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Best podcast. Best host. So knowledgeable but not in a pretentious, douchey way. A true Laker fan who is respectful and asks the right questions.
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