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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

    Scouting Report: Is Darvin Ham the Right Coach for the Lakers?

    Scouting Report: Is Darvin Ham the Right Coach for the Lakers?

    We've covered Terry Stotts and Kenny Atkinson. Now it's time to scout the presumptive frontrunner for the Lakers head coach, Bucks assistant (and former Lakers assistant) Darvin Ham. He's widely respected among players and coaches around the league, and ticks a lot of boxes. Great communicator. Paid his dues. Worked on excellent staffs. LeBron James reportedly prefers him over the other two candidates.
    But on the other hand, Ham has never been an NBA head coach. So is he ready for the job?
    Kane PIttman, host of Locked On Bucks, joins the show to deliver a full scouting report on Ham, from his strengths and weaknesses to his responsibilities on Mike Budenholzer's staff. What would a Ham-led Lakers squad look like?
    Moreover, how much do we put on coaches that may not be their responsibility, ultimately? Can Ham overcome a lousy roster construction? Micromanagement? Is the Lakers job one where, as a first-time coach, he can dictate at least some of the terms under which he works?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky (with Guest, Kane Pittman!)

    SEGMENT 1: Getting to know Darvin Ham!

    SEGMENT 2: Strengths and weaknesses. What does a Ham squad look like?

    SEGMENT 3: What about the Lakers job? Is it still a great one, taken under any conditions? How much difference does the coach ultimately make, relative to other factors that impact a team's success?

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    • 39 min
    Kenny Atkinson Scouting Report: Is He a Good Choice to Coach the Lakers?

    Kenny Atkinson Scouting Report: Is He a Good Choice to Coach the Lakers?

    Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is reportedly (along with Darvin Ham and Terry Stotts) among the finalists for the Lakers head coaching job. His tenure hit a high point while guiding a young team featuring D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen, but once Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving arrived, Atkinson's job security felt immediately in danger, which raises questions about his ability to coach LeBron James, Anthony Davis and (possibly) Russell Westbrook. Then again, in fairness to Atkinson, his time in Brooklyn was also very specifically weird, meaning it may not be fair to think of him as best suited for a rebuilding squad, rather than one with a directive to be ready for primetime.
    All these issues (and more!) are presented to Adam Ambrecht, co-host of the Locked On Nets podcast, who covered the man who preceded Steve Nash. Armbrecht shares thoughts on Atkinson's pros and cons, his system, the fit alongside big stars, and whether he got a fair shake. Plus, which franchise would you rather be at this moment, and is Kyrie manufacturing excuses to get out of playing 82 games a year?

    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    Segment 1: Adam Ambrecht breaks down Kenny Atkinson's alternately successful, underwhelming, and just weird time while coaching the Nets.
    Segment 2: Would Atkinson be able to handle the Lakers' star-laden locker room? Does his personality lend itself well to this?
    Segment 3: Are the Nets or Lakers in a worse place as a franchise now and moving forward? Plus, Andy asks Adam about his theory that Kyrie Irving doesn't want to play basketball full-time.

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    • 45 min
    Ham, Atkinson and Stotts: The Lakers Have Three Finalists For Their Head Coaching Position

    Ham, Atkinson and Stotts: The Lakers Have Three Finalists For Their Head Coaching Position

    The coaching search is, by all reports, getting near a conclusion as the Lakers are down to three candidates: Milwaukee assistant coach Darvin Ham, former Portland head coach Terry Stotts, and former Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson. Three very different names, with different qualifications, strengths and weaknesses, and no one candidate sticks out as the obvious choice. Given who is available, it's a reasonable group to narrow down to, but how do the Lakers make the final choice?
    Should it be the potential of Ham, who has never been a head coach before? Atkinson, who had a successful-if-strange stint with the Nets? Or the safe-and-unsexy Stotts, with a long track record in Portland? So much depends on what kind of team the Lakers want to put together. Can they tailor a roster to the strengths of each guy? Which guy would adapt best to the best team the Lakers can find?
    And who, exactly, is helping make the decision? Are the right people in the room, particularly relative to the last time teh Lakers went through this process?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: The Lakers are down to three candidates. Does the list make sense?

    SEGMENT 2: The appeal of Darvin Ham. He feels like the most exciting option, but does that make him the best one?

    SEGMENT 3: Who is in the room for the Lakers? Is the process they're using sound?

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    • 34 min
    Outside the Box Russell Westbrook Trade Ideas (How About Kyle Lowry?) ... and Kyrie to the Lakers?

    Outside the Box Russell Westbrook Trade Ideas (How About Kyle Lowry?) ... and Kyrie to the Lakers?

    The Lakers have a Russell Westbrook Problem, and Betonline.ag has the newest odds out for where he might end up should he end up moved. (Kyrie Irving, too, and the Lakers are high on that list.) It's filled with the usual suspects: Indiana, New York, Oklahoma City, Houston... but one team that's not there? Miami.
    And, prompted by a comment from a listener, maybe it's time to think about the Heat as a potential trade partner? How about Westbrook for Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson? Why that could work for Miami, and why it might even be a bigger risk for L.A....
    Oh, and what about the idea of Kyrie on the Lakers? The odds put it at 7/1 if he leaves Brooklyn. Under what circumstances would Irving-to-LA look good?
    Finally, Austin Reaves got some love in the All-Rookie voting, one of the only positive stories to come from this dumpster fire of a season. What his success says about the strategy the Lakers need to adopt this summer.

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: The oddsmakers have spoken. Where might Kyrie and Russ land? Would Kyrie in LA be a good thing?

    SEGMENT 2: Looking at potential destinations for Westbrook. Floating a hypothetical that takes him to Miami.

    SEGMENT 3: Why Miami might do a Westbrook-for-Lowry/Robinson swap... and why the Lakers might not bite even if it looks on the surface like a good way out.


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    • 35 min
    The Phil Jackson/Russell Westbrook Connection, plus a Radical Westbrook Thought Experiment

    The Phil Jackson/Russell Westbrook Connection, plus a Radical Westbrook Thought Experiment

    Former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has, reportedly, noted support for point guard Russell Westbrook, who (as was noted on Wednesday's show) has a pretty decent chance of being in a Lakers uniform next season. Or at the least, being eligible to wear one, assuming the Lakers don't buy him out or pay him to sit on the sidelines. Jackson reportedly believes Westbrook wasn't utilized properly this season and is a fan of his talent. All of that could mean a lot of things, and all of it kinda makes fans a little nervous. Particularly those who don't think Jackson should have a significant voice in choosing the next head coach.
    So is the concern warranted? As always, God is in the details. Does "support" for Westbrook mean advocating for the Lakers to keep him? For trying to make the best of it if they can't find a good deal? Big difference between just those.
    From there, it's a Westbrook Thought Experiment. And it's a bold one!

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: Phil Jackson reportedly is a Westbrook fan. What does that mean, exactly?

    SEGMENT 2: What are the odds Westbrook could be a credible contributor for the team this season?

    SEGMENT 3: A radical Westbrook thought experiment.

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    • 36 min
    Listeners React to Anthony Davis Trade Hypotheticals, and the Potential Return of Westbrook

    Listeners React to Anthony Davis Trade Hypotheticals, and the Potential Return of Westbrook

    Tuesday, the show was centered around the hypothetical idea of the Lakers trading Anthony Davis. Why they ought to at least consider it, how it might help LeBron James and what kinds of packages they should look for. (Especially when trading Russell Westbrook is/should be a higher priority.) It's a thought exercise as much as anything—the Lakers are very unlikely to actually move him—but gets to the challenge of this offseason. It elicited a lot of reaction, which kicks off Wednesday's episode as well.
    People thought it was a great idea or a monumentally stupid one, with very little in the middle. Which gets to how complicated the repair job is for the Lakers. There is no clear path, it's a bunch of options all muddy and overgrown. Wouldn't they be better off just rolling with the core they have, asks one listener to Locked On Lakers on YouTube?
    Very possibly!
    But possibly, not, too.
    Meanwhile, reports from Sam Amick at The Athletic suggest the Lakers are talking to potential head coaching candidates about how they'd use Westbrook this season. Fans reacted poorly, but it would be malpractice not to have a plan for him, as a player, on the floor. He could be here, for sure, and if he is the Lakers need at least to try and use him.
    Finally, LeBron really doesn't like being out of the playoff spotlight. He did a Q/A this week, and while the results were relatively mild, the fact he did it at all was revealing. What would you want to ask him if given the opportunity?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: Reacting to listener reaction about the concept of trading Davis.

    SEGMENT 2: Fans are upset the Lakers are talking to coaching candidates about Westbrook.

    SEGMENT 3: LeBron's Q/A, and inability to chillax while the playoffs go on. Proposing better questions that should have been asked.

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    • 35 min

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