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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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Monday was a busy day for Magic Johnson, who did the rounds on various ESPN shows, waxing poetic about everything from the state of the Lakers to mistakes with the 2021 roster to what he thinks would remedy said mistakes. Whether or not you actually agree with Magic's assessments, considering he famously left the team high-and-dry with a surprise r…
 
After a crazy, unprecedented 2020-21 season in which the Lakers had a historically short recovery time in the offseason, the schedule was compressed in unusual ways, players had irregular access to the typical infrastructure of health and wellness, it's hard to draw a straight line from a player getting hurt to the performance of the athletic train…
 
"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, part…
 
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 LeBr…
 
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…
 
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 a…
 
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…
 
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 ne…
 
No Laker this season was more polarizing than Andre Drummond, which is saying something because there were other candidates to choose from. And as Marc Stein of the NY Times reports, Drummond was indeed made a promise that he'd start were he to sign with the Lakers on the buyout market. It didn't work out as planned, but did the Lakers really lose …
 
The LeBron James/Anthony Davis Lakers have a title under their belt, and good years still to come. But with young stars rising fast all over the NBA, and particularly in the Western Conference, are teams tugging at that championship window and closing it faster than expected? we discuss. Plus.... Listener emails! Is Kyle Kuzma part of the core goin…
 
Continuing Monday's conversation about the "Jason Kidd to Portland" scenario that Kidd himself quickly ended, the Kamenetzkys discuss the latest Twitter conspiracy theory - that Kidd said no because he wants a better gig... one belonging to Frank Vogel. Is L.A.'s head coach in any danger following a first round flame out? Should there be any trepid…
 
Friday's exit interviews were the last bit of closure for the Lakers' season. There was a lot of disappointment expressed over the way things wrapped up, but to nearly a man there was also excitement at the prospect of running it back with the same roster next season, and addressing this year's unfinished business. Along these lines, interesting co…
 
The first round was as long as the Lakers lasted in their title defense after a 113-100 Game 6 loss to the Phoenix Suns. They fell behind the eight ball early, between Anthony Davis' inability to play more than five minutes due to a lingering groin strain, and Devin Booker going ballistic for Phoenix with 22 first quarter points. To their credit, t…
 
It was clear in Game 5 that the Lakers, as a group, lost confidence in themselves. Players passed up shots, and looked hesitant when they did hoist. LeBron James seemed to lose faith in his teammates (not without cause) as shot after shot clanged off the rim. A Lakers team that had shown considerable fortitude while losing players left and right th…
 
Jovan Buha and Anthony later discuss the Lakers trying to stay alive in the playoffs. A look at the Lakers stagnation. The Lakers are making the Suns look better than they are. Andre Drummond benched for the first time this season. Marc Gasol should be starting. And how the Lakers can't generate enough offense right now. Learn more about your ad ch…
 
Heading into Game 5, the Lakers were hoping Anthony Davis would play, but that if Davis couldn't go, LeBron James would produce another legendary playoff performances. It would be perfectly complemented by several supporting players stepping up, and the Lakers would steal a win in Phoenix. In a nutshell, none of that happened. On both sides of the …
 
The Lakers' season won't literally end if the Lakers lose Game 5 of the opening round series against the Suns, but with a 3-2 deficit and Anthony Davis' status still perhaps uncertain, their lives will be made considerably more difficult. Given the increasing likelihood that AD will be out with a strained groin, the expectation is that LeBron James…
 
What once was looking up is ... not looking up anymore. The Lakers had played two excellent games following a Game 1 loss, and hoped to put a stranglehold on their series against the Suns Sunday at Staples Center. Instead, they lost Game 4, 100-92, and in the process saw Anthony Davis go down with a groin injury just before halftime. His status for…
 
It had been NINE YEARS since the Lakers last won a home playoff game in front of fans, but that drought is no more! The Lakers beat the Suns 109-95 in Game 3, taking a 2-1 series lead heading into Sunday's Game 4. Defense remained the calling card, frequently coming in suffocating waves. Anthony Davis controlled the game on both ends, and got quali…
 
It's Game 3 between the Lakers and Suns, as the first round series moves to L.A.. Staples Center will be hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2013, with 7,500 fans expected in attendance! Will they, however, be fully confident in Anthony Davis, who's coming off a monster Game 2, but struggled in Game 1 and doesn't seem yet to have comple…
 
Bill Oram, Jovan Buha and Anthony Slater discuss the Lakers-Suns 1-1 first round series as it heads back to Los Angeles. Do the Suns have a chance if Chris Paul doesn’t return to form? What adjustments are needed? Which Lakers role players have impressed and disappointed? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The Lakers head back to L.A. split 1-1 against the Phoenix Suns following a 109-102 win in Game 2. After a listless series-opening loss, the Lakers looked much more like a team gunning to make some noise in the playoffs. In particular, three players under the microscope -- Anthony Davis, Dennis Schröder and Andre Drummond -- came up huge, and combi…
 
Tonight, the Lakers will play the Suns in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs, and need to recover from an uninspiring, disastrous opener. After Monday's practice, players and Frank Vogel alike talked about the need for better energy, urgency and execution. What wasn't offered, however, were any hints about the actual adjustments on the docke…
 
The Lakers opened their playoffs with a 99-90 loss in Game 1 to the Phoenix Suns in the desert. In ways that were predictable (poor offensive flow and outside shooting) and out of character (bad transition D, rebounding), the Lakers' performance was extremely disappointing. From top to nearly bottom (Alex Caruso performed well on balance), everyone…
 
At the beginning of the year, that the Lakers might face the Suns in the opening round of the playoffs seemed like a totally realistic possibility, and that's exactly where we are! Except instead of Phoenix being the lower seed, it's the Lakers who limp into the postseason as a 7-seed while Phoenix made a push for the West's top spot before finishi…
 
Holy ****, that was fun! The NBA got exactly what it hoped for Wednesday in the battle of LeBron James and Steph Curry. It was tight down the stretch, with stars hitting huge shots and generally helping the game meet the hype. But in the end, the Lakers won out and will advance as the Western Conference's 7-seed, facing the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. …
 
The analysis train keeps chugging along! After Tuesday's great episode with Andy Liu and Sam Esfandiari of the Light Years podcast, it's time for another great guest. Wes Goldberg, who covers the Golden State Warriors for The Mercury News and hosts Locked On Warriors and Locked on NBA (Tuesdays) joins the show to break down Wednesday's much-anticip…
 
Jovan Buha interviews author Jake Fischer about his new book, Built To Lose. The two discuss the Lakers, Kobe Bryant's final contract, the possibility of a LeBron-Carmelo-Kobe superteam, LA's draft success, the play-in game, playoffs and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The Lakers will do battle in the play-in game for the seven seed on Wednesday night against a hot Golden State Warriors and an even hotter Steph Curry. For a deep dive into the matchup, the Kamenetzkys spoke with Sam Esfandiari and Andy Liu from the Light Years podcast. How did the Warriors, who largely struggled during the first half of the season…
 
The NBA regular season is officially in the books, and the Lakers are finally at full strength! Which is fortunate, because they're gonna need all hands on deck and healthy for a play-in game vs. the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry. At stake? The seven seed, and a first round matchup against the Phoenix Suns. LeBron James, Anthony Davis and D…
 
There's been a lot of talk of late about Lakers glory, and their iconic players. After several months of waiting, the franchise unveiled the 2020 championship banner Wednesday night, which capped a strange title run, and 2021 hasn't gotten any less weird. It joins 16 other banners, several of which are connected to Jerry West, who just voiced deep …
 
Bill Oram, Jovan Buha and Anthony Slater discuss the likely path for the Lakers play-in game. Still no LeBron James. Will LeBron be one hundred percent ready to go? And questions surrounding the Lakers rotation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy The Athletic
 
The Lakers, minus LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Alex Caruso and Dennis Schröder, pulled off a 124-122 win over an even more skeleton crew-ish Houston Rockets. It wasn't pretty, and definitely more complicated than necessary, but in the end, strong performances from Talen Horton-Tucker, Kyle Kuzma and Andre Drummond were enough to anchor a victory. F…
 
It was not a pretty win, but it counts. And the value for the Lakers in their 101-99 overtime win over the Knicks at Staples Center isn't just limited to keeping themselves alive in the race to stay out of the NBA's play-in tournament. This was a game that continued to reveal the team's character. New York steadfastly refused to let Anthony Davis b…
 
The Lakers got a nice pick-me-up Sunday, beating the Suns in convincing fashion behind 42 points from Anthony Davis. Monday, they got more good news, as Woj reported LeBron James is feeling good and plans to return Tuesday against the Knicks. And none too soon, because with four games left on the schedule, the Lakers don't have much wiggle room, wh…
 
Remember Anthony Davis, the guy who was arguably the NBA's best player in last season's playoffs? That was the guy who showed up Sunday at Staples Center as the Lakers thumped the Phoenix Suns, 123-110. 42 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, three blocks. That, folks, is a full line. And it came on the heels of a nearly-as-impressive p…
 
The Lakers had one point guard available for Thursday's game against the Clippers. so losing wasn't exactly a surprise. That they lost Anthony Davis for all but nine minutes? That was scary. Davis spoke with the media and said the back spasms that forced him from the game hopefully won't keep him from playing Friday in a critical game against Portl…
 
The Lakers have two epic games upcoming, starting with Thursday's game against the Clippers at Staples Center. Joining us to preview that game, talk about the ever-polarizing Paul George and preview a matchup everyone (well, nearly everyone) wants to see in the playoffs, we're joined by Law Murray, one of the best in the business. He covers the Cli…
 
Tuesday started with some bad news around LeBron James and his injured ankle. L.A.'s star will miss the next two games - at least - after feeling real pain against the Raptors over the weekend. And these aren't just any games, either. Thursday against the Clippers, Friday vs. Portland in games that could go a long way towards determining if the Lak…
 
Bill Oram, Jovan Buha and Anthony Slater discuss how the Lakers are still trying to figure things out. LeBron still dealing with a bone bruise. The state of the Lakers' center position. And the perfect playoff scenario for the Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy The Athletic
 
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