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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

    LeBron James and Russell Westbrook Fuel Win Over the Pistons. Is the Lakers' Rotation changing?

    LeBron James and Russell Westbrook Fuel Win Over the Pistons. Is the Lakers' Rotation changing?

    There was nothing inspiring about Sunday's 110-106 win for the Lakers over the Pistons at Staples Center. After a dominant third quarter (no, seriously), it looked like L.A. might finally get themselves the type of easy win that would make it possible to have a little fun, and at least feel for a minute or two like they're a legitimately good team. To get a little swagger and build some momentum.
    Nope.
    A 19-point advantage was whittled away, and the Lakers had to hold off Detroit down the stretch. So that's the downside. The upside? They won, and given how the season has gone to this point, that's about all you can ask for. It was a good night for the Big Three, with Anthony Davis dominating early (13 first quarter points), Russell Westbrook (25/6/9 w/ only three turnovers) playing well throughout and LeBron James (33/5/9) doing LeBron things. After, they talked about building blocks and small goals as they try to right the ship. Whether the patience and calm is performative or not - really, what's the other option? - it's clear the Lakers as a group know there is a tremendous amount of work to be done.
    To that end, more changes in the rotation are coming. Vogel indicated that they plan to lean more into small ball, particularly in the second units, which means that for the time being fans are likely to see DeAndre Jordan or Dwight Howard on any given night, but likely not both. That's good! And while you can debate which guy is better or when he should play, some of that is just not all that important. On the other hand, Avery Bradley still looks like he's going to absorb a decent chunk of playing time, night to night.
    That's a little harder to defend.
    On to Sacramento!

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: A win's a win's a win's a win, right?

    SEGMENT 2: What do the Lakers think of themselves? And is LeBron, who aggrivated that ab/groin thing on Sunday, really as "good to go" as he claims?

    SEGMENT 3: The rotation may change, again. What to expect, and will it help?


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    • 34 min
    Should LeBron Play More Center for the Lakers? Plus, Dwight Howard's Love of Snakes and Roses!

    Should LeBron Play More Center for the Lakers? Plus, Dwight Howard's Love of Snakes and Roses!

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! But even if Locked On Lakers listeners didn't enjoy their dinner (or their families), they at least got to bask in the glow of Wednesday's strong Lakers victory over the Indiana Pacers. The 124-116 OT win capped the Lakers' roadie at 2-3, and featured some extremely interesting wrinkles. You had Anthony Davis missing the game due to the effects of the fever he fought through to play in New York, and hasn't yet shaken. You had strong supporting performances from Malik Monk and Wayne Ellington, along with 20 hard-fought points from Russell Westbrook, who didn't shoot particularly well, but got to the free throw line eleven times, hitting nine. You had the Lakers clawing back after being down for nearly the entire game.

    And then you had an incredible performance down the stretch from LeBron James, who scored 15 points during the last two minutes of regulation and overtime. He also spent a large chunk of the game playing small-ball center, a look that helped fuel the comeback, and unlock a strong version of the Lakers. Could this become part of the Lakers' identity moving forward?

    And finally, an interesting GQ interview with Dwight Howard, who talked Lakers, roses, snakes, and more!

    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT ONE: LeBron's still got it, folks!

    SEGMENT TWO: Could LeBron at center play a role in helping a rudderless Lakers discover an identity?

    SEGMENT THREE: The biggest takeaways from an equally serious and quirky interview with Dwight Howard.
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    • 35 min
    Russell Westbrook Shines, but the Lakers Lose in New York. Plus... Did Frank Vogel Throw Some Shade at Rob Pelinka?

    Russell Westbrook Shines, but the Lakers Lose in New York. Plus... Did Frank Vogel Throw Some Shade at Rob Pelinka?

    The Lakers dropped another game Tuesday in New York. As they did Sunday in Detroit, they fell down big (this time by 25) and as it was in Detroit, they tried hard to climb out of the hole. But while the Pistons ultimately acquiesced, the Knicks did enough in the fourth quarter to hold on. The Lakers were betrayed by the defense early (36 points allowed in the first quarter) and the offense late (19 fourth quarter points) in a way that felt like a microcosm of the season as a whole. Still guys missing (most notably the suspended LeBron James), other guys not right (Anthony Davis had the flu, messing with Frank Vogel's already strained rotations) and they couldn't seem to get everything working at the same time for 48 minutes.

    Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook was a bright spot, going for 31/13/10, with a pair of steals and three triples. He hit eight of his nine free throws. Overall, Westbrook, notorious for his slow starts, continues to round into solid form on a faster trajectory than he often does. But how will it look next to LeBron and Davis once they play 10 games in a row, all together. (Which presumes fate will even allow that, of course.) And what should be made of Talen Horton-Tucker's third straight bad game? No points at all vs. New York, and a whole lot of reckless play. If he can't settle into that two-way role the Lakers desperately need, who can?

    Finally, Vogel said some fascinating stuff following the game about what they're trying as a coaching staff. Intentional or not, it could be read as a defense of his work and a clear commentary on the clay he's been asked to mold. They're trying all sorts of stuff, and none of it is working because the pieces aren't capable. Was he really trying to defend himself against mounting criticism? Was it a shot, even a quiet one, across the bow of management?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: What went wrong vs. the Knicks. Again.

    SEGMENT 2: Westbrook rises while THT scuffles. How do things like this complicate Vogel's rotation choices?

    SEGMENT 3: Passive aggressive? Pointed? Unintentional? Who was Vogel talking to and what was he trying to say when talking about his defense Tuesday night?

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    • 35 min
    LeBron James Suspended for One Game, and Vegas Gives Bad Odds On Frank Vogel's Job Security

    LeBron James Suspended for One Game, and Vegas Gives Bad Odds On Frank Vogel's Job Security

    It wasn't exactly a surprise, but the NBA handed down some discipline to LeBron James and the Lakers following Sunday's brawl in Detroit. One game for James as punishment for a reckless and dangerous fist/elbow to the face of Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (who got two games for going bat-bleep crazy in the aftermath, trucking nearly every member of the Pistons staff trying to hold him back). One more game without James, at this point, isn't going to define the season, but does gin up questions about the team's character, and how they think of themselves.
    They came into the season with the belief they're an elite, title caliber squad. Everyone, players and coaches alike, needs to adjust to the reality of what this team is right now. And what they are is not all that good. If Sunday's fight is going to be the type of turning point the players said it could be, the Lakers need a change of mindset, not just more focus or hustle.
    Meanwhile, Frank Vogel shared some reasons Monday why he went back to a larger starting lineup featuring DeAndre Jordan at center, and at it's core is a belief that that the team simply wasn't tough enough defensively. Not exactly what you want to hear as a fan.
    Finally, Vogel finds himself second on a list no coach wants to be on - Vegas odds for the next coach fired, now that Luke Walton has been canned by the Kings. The Lakers may not want to pull the trigger, for a variety of reasons, but how many other levers does the organization have at its disposal?

    HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: LeBron is suspended one game. Right call? Wrong call? And how will they react?

    SEGMENT 2: Everyone, from coaches on down, needs to start adjusting to the team they are now. Coaches to the capabilities of the roster, and players to shed the entitlement that comes with knowing you're elite, and the need to pace yourself through a season. Because these Lakers aren't that good, yet.

    SEGMENT 3: Vogelwatch has hit Las Vegas! What goes into this decision for the Lakers?

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    • 37 min
    LeBron Ejected, But Westbrook and Davis Dominate Late vs. Detroit. Plus, can Anthony Davis be the #1 Guy?

    LeBron Ejected, But Westbrook and Davis Dominate Late vs. Detroit. Plus, can Anthony Davis be the #1 Guy?

    So... uh... what the hell happened Sunday afternoon in Detroit?

    Well, to begin, the Lakers won 121-116, which is obviously the most important detail. But along way... wow. You had the Lakers allow a horrific offensive Pistons squad score SIXTY-EIGHT (68) first half points. You had LeBron James getting ejected after hitting Isaiah Stewart in the face with a rough (if truly inadvertent) elbow to the face, followed by Stewart needing to be held back by roughly 1000 people for around twenty minutes before play resumed. You had the Lakers starting the fourth quarter down 15 to a (then) 4-11 opponent. And finally, you had Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook leading a fourth quarter blitz to get the Lakers a desperately needed win. (Or just avoid a horribly embarrassing loss. However you wanna put it.)

    After the win, DeAndre Jordan and other players framed the comeback and its context as a potential galvanizer for the season moving forward. Is that even possible, much less realistic? And as long as the future is being discussed, does Davis, rather than Westbrook or LeBron need to be the Lakers' clear cut best player for them to become championship-caliber. Andy thinks so, and explains why.

    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT ONE: What to make of this very strange afternoon? And can the win galvanize the Lakers through what's been a season-long struggle?

    SEGMENT TWO: Did LeBron deserve an ejection? And what percentage of the team's issues are actually fixable, given their roster flaws?

    SEGMENT THREE: Does Davis, rather than LeBron, need to be the Lakers' best player in order for them to win a championship?

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    • 36 min
    The Effect of LeBron's Impending Return, Frank Vogel's Job Security and The Lakers' Best Lineups.

    The Effect of LeBron's Impending Return, Frank Vogel's Job Security and The Lakers' Best Lineups.

    LeBron James is officially listed as questionable for tonight's game in Boston against the Celtics, and ESPN's Dave McMenamin has reported that sources close to the situation peg him as "50/50." It's hard to feel completely confident about LeBron's availability today, given his recently slower recoveries from injuries, and the general malaise created this season by poor health, but there's little doubt his presence alone should help get the Lakers headed in a better direction. (Although frankly, if the team plays like they did against Milwaukee on the rest of this road trip, even without LeBron, they should win some games.)
    And the timing of LeBron's return matters. Not just for the team, but quite possibly for Frank Vogel's job security. The franchise didn't offer him much in the way of a commitment with a one-year extension, and should this turbulent start to the season continue, it's easy to speculate whether the team would part ways with the coach. It's sometimes easy to wonder if they're actually looking for a reason to rip the band-aid. It might not be fair to Vogel, but "fair" ain't part of this particular equation.

    And finally, is there a "best" lineup for the Lakers? Have we even seen enough to know?

    Hosts: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky

    SEGMENT 1: LeBron's return. Will it happen tonight? How much should we be worried about his availability moving forward?

    SEGMENT 2: How endangered, if at all, is Vogel's job if the Lakers keep hovering around .500?

    SEGMENT 3: What is the best lineup for the Lakers? Does it include Austin Reaves? Will it include Kendrick Nunn?

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    • 37 min

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RotatingRelaxation ,

The lineup

Thank you Brian and Andy, I appreciate the discussion and analysis. Regarding lineup: what do you guys think of a starting: AD, LBJ, THT, K. Nunn, and M. Monk. Then have RW off the bench with DH, AR, CA, and TA?

Also, don’t you think it is playing into the narrative that Vogel is at fault to speak of Vogel’s potential firing? Really, that is irresponsible chatter and the construction of the team is at issue along with critical and significant injuries. Vogel is a championship coach with strong defensive schemes, even when non-ideal like last year. This year, we have to consider that the Lakers are close to where Miami was when LeBron first got there,so chemistry development matters too.

Jaysmith24 ,

Mailbag questions

Came over from locked on blazers cause of Melo. like that you all had mike twice he’s a great host and great crossover episodes!

Questions:
1.) Melo has had a standing ovation in every game home and away thus far even in Portland and okc but in Houston. Has he ever received so much love over his career?

2.) Russ is being treated very similar this year to how Melo was treated in okc. Their have been talks of coming off the bench after being an all star the year prior. Is Melo helping Russ get through this? Will Russ’ career go downhill similar to Melo’s if this goes sideways? He’s already becoming the scapegoat and rightfully so but I’m a believer that they will figure it out.

T Vu 24 ,

Kyrie Irving vs Lakers+Covid Vaccine?

Been a K Brothers fan since LA Times Lakers blog, thanks for your work!

Hypothetically, if Kyrie Irving does not get vaccinated and is not allowed to play home games, would it be advantageous for the Lakers to ensure they have fewer wins than the Nets so that a potential Finals matchup would mean Brooklyn would have 4 out 7 games without their starting point guard? Assuming of course the Nets don’t end up with only 30 or so wins. Sounds like a silly strategy, but don’t you have to think about it for at least a second?

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