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Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss the first half of the Lakers season, some recent positives from Stanley Johnson & Malik Monk, how LA can maintain those positive changes when AD comes back, and how Tim remains optimistic about this team's ability to utilize RWB effectively in the playoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoi…
 
Tim digs into 3 quick hitters on today's pod. LA's COVID situation heading into the game against Dallas, the most recent Backstage Lakers episode, and Ben Simmons apparently being someone the Lakers had interest in trading for Russell Westbrook. If that did happen (it won't), what would the fit look like for LA? Learn more about your ad choices. Vi…
 
Tim goes solo to dig into the recent conversation about AD and what's missing from that talk. How much of what we're seeing from him is truly underperformance, and how much of that can be chalked up to reasons explained by context? All of that, and more, answered on this pod! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss the Lakers recent struggles to adjust at halftime and how it's creating problems for the offense, how THT's return will help, and how the team can try & start fresh once LeBron returns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesBy Cranjis McBasketball, Tom Zayas
 
Tim compares Dwight and DeAndre's pay thus far, digs into the Lakers recent performances as a team, shares results from manual tracking on defense, & vents about the offense. Lyrics for song at the end of the episode: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dV48KeeWL-l1MAJN3J21_lMtKHy4JdefcKiYdX5KU4w/edit?usp=sharing Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
Tim is joined by Jovan Buha of The Athletic to discuss if the Lakers offensive revolution is legit, how the team may pivot internally or externally to the THT & Ariza injuries, Jovan's takeaways from being around the team so far and storylines he's keen to follow as the year plays out, the Lakers' path to top tier title contention, what would have …
 
Tim digs into the game of Michigan product Chaundee Brown, and makes a case for him to receive the Lakers 2nd 2-way contract for this season. Strengths, weaknesses, offense, defense, film, data, chicanery. It's all there. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesBy Cranjis McBasketball, Tom Zayas
 
Tim digs into the Lakers defense through the first two preseason games. What concerns are real and which will be fine with better personnel availability and position slotting? Doing a rundown of each individual defender, Tim highlights their defensive performance so far and at the team level discusses where this group can get to and how they can do…
 
On this episode, Tim recaps what we've learned from the Lakers 2nd preseason game agains the Suns. Vogel has some insightful comments hinting at the future of the offensive scheme, we see some "automatics" take form, smart sets continue, and a whole lot of sloppy execution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Tim answers Discord and Twitter questions on the Lakers first preseason game. Sliding Bron & Russ into the sets LA ran in game 1 Impact of DAJ off-court and AD at the 5 for spacing How did the drop coverage work? Is it a sustainable long-term strategy vs dynamic P&R ball handlers? How can LA use Ellington's gravity as a decoy for Bron/Russ to attac…
 
Tim goes solo on this pod to break down what he saw from the Lakers in their preseason game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Creative new offensive sets, perfect utilization of both shooters and non-shooters, the exact defensive screen coverages he'd been hoping for, and crosses his fingers that it isn't all a mirage. Learn more about your ad choices. …
 
Evergreen content! Tim digs into what impact metrics do and don't do, the ones available and what the data experts had to say about them, and more about BBall Index's LEBRON stat and how it fits into that landscape of improving accuracy evaluating player impact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss Rajon Rondo returning to the team and what second unit lineups would look best around him. Later, they discuss the potential of DeAndre Jordan's impact on the Lakers*** ***Recorded before it was reported DeAndre Jordan will sign with the Lakers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adcho…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball use Alex Regla's (Silver Screen & Roll) recent article on non-LeBron minutes over the last 2 years to frame their discussion and how the new pieces can fit together in seemingly endless ways. Later, Tim pitches his "undervalued guy who is still available" for one of the last roster spots. Learn more about your ad ch…
 
Tim reacts to news and analyzes the Lakers situation as he dives into 3 observations, 2 questions, and 1 prediction for the Lakers. Is THT about to have a breakout season? What does the Millsap news mean for the Lakers, for the Gasol situation, and how they can pivot to other big man options? What does the ceiling and floor look like for the Lakers…
 
Tim breaks down recent Lakers free agency news and the possibility that Marc Gasol won't be returning to the team this upcoming season. How does that shape rotations and what options are available to be signed to replace him? Tim also digs into the guard options the team has been looking into recently. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcas…
 
Tim dives into the Lakers defensive situation heading into the 2021-22 season based on the personnel changes the team has made, and answers over a dozen listener questions about what the team's performance might look like and the key tweaks the coaching staff can make to defensive roles, scheme coverages, and lineups to make the most of LA's defens…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss the first week of the Vegas Summer League & how the new Lakers have fared. Then, they discuss Frank Vogel's extension and Dennis' exit to Boston. Finally, they dive into Dwight Howard's data from last year and do some film work on Kendrick Nunn while talking potential lineup options. Learn more about your ad…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss how the Lakers were able to completely revamp their roster and why our expectations were so off. Later, they go through the recent Lakers signings using B-Ball Index's Player Profiles to see what each player can bring to the new-look Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoice…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss the Russell Westbrook trade. They start with the circumstances of the trade, the Buddy Hield trade that didn't happen, and then talk about how Russ will fit next to LeBron and Anthony Davis. Later, they bring up a handful of other Free Agents linked to the Lakers and start trying to speculate which players s…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss some recent rumors of the Lakers' interest in CP3, Russell Westbrook & how this offseason could be more unexpected than we think. Later, they dive into the potential FA Wing options for the Lakers' spending power, only to realize that... it's not pretty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball catch up on a few recent things about Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell, Phil Handy, & a potential new Assistant Coach. Later, they discuss some sign & trade ideas that have been floating on Twitter and *why* sign & trade opportunities are so fickle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoice…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball chat about the Lakers hiring Dave Fizdale, including his history with LeBron/Star Players and how he's reportedly a "used car salesman" who might take more credit than he's due. Later, they discuss recent reports that Dennis Schroder wants 100-120 Million in Free Agency and how that ain't happenin'. Learn more about…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball talk about some trade ideas (negotiated & agreed to by other blog bois). Later, Tim shares his early favorite candidate for the Lakers Assistant Coach opening and why it's hard to know exactly *what* needs to be replaced after Jason Kidd was hired by the Mavs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.c…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball talk about the Lakers dominating adjustments in Game 3, including how the PnR coverages looked, and Vogel's excellent offensive adjustments to get AD and LeBron in better positions to succeed. And in the second half of the pod, they get petty, bringing up some fun observations about the fading Suns. Learn more about…
 
Tom Zayas & Cranjis McBasketball discuss the Lakers controlling Game 2 victory at Phoenix and dissect how the Suns' zone defense worked against LA and how the Lakers fared in their Pick and Roll adjustments, plus as always, what to watch out for in Game 3. Go Lakers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
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