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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
 
Andy and Brian Kamenetzky on the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA, pop culture, and anything else coming to mind. The Kamenetzky's have covered the Lakers for over a decade, for ESPN.com, ESPN Radio and the L.A. Times. They are frequent contributors to Lakers coverage on Spectrum Sportsnet, as well as The Athletic.
 
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Monday at Media Day, LeBron James noted that his biggest problem over the last few seasons has been availability. Once an iron man, James is now a much larger injury risk. Still not larger than Anthony Davis, though, who has struggled to stay in the lineup throughout his career. Wednesday in El Segundo, the Lakers forward said his goal this year is…
 
Tuesday marked the first day of practice for the Lakers in the 2022-23 season, and it started with new coach Darvin Ham making clear his rules (the "non-negotiables") and expectations for the year. Meanwhile, players were impressed by the attention to detail he showed, and the efficiency of his first practice. Because NBA players, more than anythin…
 
There were, literally, dozens of questions asked and answered on Media Day for the Lakers Monday, but not surprisingly, it was the questions asked to, and asked about, guard Russell Westbrook that dominated the headlines. First, Darvin Ham made it abundantly clear that no starting role will be promised, or even assumed, for Westbrook. They have a l…
 
The Lakers kick off training camp Monday, at a time when, to say the least, folks have a LOT of questions. About the direction of the roster, the philosophy of management, the present, the future, and basically anything in between. For one day, at least, some of those questions will get answered as the process of turning the hypothetical into the a…
 
Bojan Bogdanovic, one of the big rumored targets for the Lakers in any potential transaction involving Russell Westbrook (because he's one of the only players they have who would make a ton of sense on LA's roster) was traded to Detroit on Thursday. Not for any big haul, either. Going forward, the remaining pieces available from the Jazz have even …
 
Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Indiana Pacers expect to open the season with Myles Turner as their starting center. Which means, definitionally, that he will not be acquired before then by the Lakers with Buddy Hield in exchange for Russell Westbrook and two first round picks. Nor is it expected that the Lakers will tra…
 
Welcome, LeBron James! Tuesday started with a shock. James, who has seemingly clinged desperately to the remnants of an ever-shifting hairline (sometimes robust, sometimes uneven, sometimes unattended to) finally did the right thing and sent out a picture of his super clean, Bic'd up dome. Nary a hair left on the top portion of his head. Yes, he's …
 
The Lakers have, to say the least, a complex set of questions facing them this season. They include health, personality and now, a wonky configuration super heavy on guards and very light on wings. Wednesday, Darvin Ham and Rob Pelinka will meet the media in the traditional pre-training camp press conference, and will likely get lots of questions a…
 
The Lakers made weekend news signing free agent guard Dennis Schröder to a one-year deal, bringing him back for a second run in El Segundo. Through the weekend, more reporting emerged explaining why the Lakers thought it was a good idea reunite with the mercurial German. There was a good performance at Eurobasket, which is some pretty high end comp…
 
It was long rumored as a possibility, and Friday it happened. The Lakers reportedly are bringing back former PG Dennis Schröder on a one year, veteran's minimum deal worth just north of $2.5 million. Like many things the Lakers have done this offseason, it's a move that raises just as many questions as it answers. On the one hand, Schröder is defin…
 
Lakers fans have been looking for signs all season that Russell Westbrook is on his way out of town. This week, we learned his 13,500 square foot Brentwood home is indeed on the market. Does that mean the trade rumors are coming to fruition? Is he on his way out of town? Not so fast. Ever since it turned out Kevin Garnett buying a house in Malibu d…
 
It's not been a good week for the NBA. While we inch closer to training camps and the start of all the fun stuff, the league announced it would be suspending Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver for a year and fining him $10 million for ... well, a tremendous amount of racism and misogyny that permeated the organization for years. An independent review…
 
Year 1 was... not good. Russell Westbrook arrived with a lot of fanfare (and a lot of trepidation on the part of fans and pundits alike) and almost from the jump nothing went well. The fit was bad, the team lost, and lost and lost some more and all the while Westbrook didn't play particularly well. And then there was finger pointing, a lack of self…
 
For much of the summer, the Lakers have been looking at the choice of making trades to resurrect (or try to at least) this season, with the idea that cap space to rebuild after the year would be available, but not necessarily large enough to be truly impactful. That changed last week when the NBA announced that the new projections for the 2023-24 s…
 
It's a good time to take stock of where the Lakers stand in the Western Conference, and all around are little signs of what the rest of the world thinks of them. Not just the pundits on the major websites, but gambling houses and video game makers. To that end, the folks at Betonline and NBA2K have weighed in, with revised playoff odds and ratings …
 
Among the items left from Tuesday's introductory press confab for Patrick Beverley was some commentary from Darvin Ham on the health of guard Kendrick Nunn. He missed all of last season with a bone bruise in his knee, and has been working towards full recovery throughout the summer. Some reports indicate it might be going a little slower than hoped…
 
Russell Westbrook was in the building. That's the headline from Tuesday in El Segundo, when newly acquired guard Patrick Beverley was introduced to the local media. He gave Pat Bev a towel (Beverley was finishing a workout when he started answering questions) and the two bro-hugged awkwardly when it was done. But he was there, and Westbrook has bee…
 
So much of the summer has been a waiting game, with the league and the Lakers (and Russell Westbrook) in a holding pattern until the situations around Kevin Durant in Brooklyn and Donovan Mitchell in Utah. Well, both have been resolved, and Russell Westbrook is still in Los Angeles. So what happens now? What options are realistically remaining on t…
 
The Lakers have been trying hard to improve their roster, and no trade seems as available as one with Indiana, where the Lakers would send out Russell Westbrook and a couple first rounders for Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. Without question, Hield's perimeter shooting and supplementary scoring would come in handy for a team that lacks a lot of the f…
 
There have been stretches where leadership for the Lakers has been hard to find. No interviews, no communication, no insight. Lots of room for speculation. This... hasn't been on of those moments, at least as it relates to Lakers governor Jeanie Buss, who has been doing a ton of interviews in support of the Hulu doc on the team, for which she serve…
 
It's Part 2 of the Locked on Lakers Summer Mailbag, taped at the Du/er shop in Los Angeles. We start talking the evolving Lakers backcourt. First and foremost, is there any chance the Lakers might hold on to Pat Beverley and Russell Westbrook, despite the fact these guys legit hate each other? What would that look like? And just as important, if We…
 
It's the end of August. The Lakers have made one trade (Patrick Beverley, welcome!) and are looking to improve by making more. Will it happen? Is Russell Westbrook automatically headed out the door? What does the rotation look like if he stays? These are just a few of the questions we address in Part 1 of our Locked On Lakers mailbag, taped live at…
 
It wasn't the trade people were expecting, necessarily, but it was a pretty important one. Wednesday night, the Lakers agreed to send G/F Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson to Utah for veteran point guard Patrick Beverley. Assuming Beverley at 34 can keep up his track record of defense and (a slump from distance last year notwithstandi…
 
So, all that stuff? Just kidding. Nothing to see here, anymore. Yep, Tuesday saw Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets agree to move forward together in pursuit of an NBA championship. Nothing about this is particularly surprising - short of an overwhelming offer Brooklyn had zero incentive to move Durant and KD had almost no leverage to force the tea…
 
Monday's episode was all about reasons to feel optimistic that this year's Lakers could pay off ESPN predictions to become Team Turnaround, rather than those picking them to be this season's Team Turmoil. Subtle indications the shooting could be a little better than believed, for example. Today, more reasons to feel positive! Because we're all abou…
 
There are plenty of reasons to worry about the Lakers this season, especially if you're setting the bar at a championship. Or even avoiding the play-in tournament. Or if you want to get really dark, making the play-in tournament. But while ESPN gave them better odds this year to be "Team Turmoil," they also landed on the "Team Turnaround" list in t…
 
It's been assumed (by many, at least) the Lakers, once Brooklyn was ready to deal and the Lakers would throw in a second first-round pick, would acquire Kyrie Irving from the Nets. But what if the conventional wisdom here isn't correct? What if the Nets, even after Irving goes on the market, simply aren't interested in a package built around those …
 
Wednesday was a busy one for Lakers news. Big enough that the NBA's schedule drop wasn't even close to the top news of the day coming out of El Segundo. Instead, it's LeBron James! He and the Lakers have agreed to a two-year contract extension (with a player option for the 2024-25 season) that will keep him with the team for at least two more seaso…
 
This week, Hulu dropped the first two episodes of "Legacy: The True Story of the Los Angeles Lakers." And while it appears on the surface to be a direct response to the fictionalized HBO adaption of Jeff Pearlman's "Winning Time," that's not exactly the case. (One doesn't whip together a 10-part documentary in a few months.) Still, it's clearly got…
 
In Part I of our interview with Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation, we talked a lot about what the Lakers are now. In Part II, we focus on what they might become, if the team can swing one of the rumored deals on the table for Russell Westbrook. First and foremost, which deal does Trevor think is best for the Lakers? He's a believer in the Kyrie Irving s…
 
It's Part 1 of a two-part show with Trevor Lane of LakersNation.com! We start with the weekend's news - that the Lakers will open with a pair of very tough games, October 18 against the Warriors in San Francisco to open the NBA season, then October 20 at the Crypt vs. the Clippers. For a team that needs to get off to a good start, that's a tough ea…
 
The NBA announced Thursday that Bill Russell, the larger-than-life icon who died last month at the age of 88, will be honored in a series of ways this season. First, his #6 will be retired leaguewide, though players (like LeBron James) who currently wear the number can keep it if they choose. Second, there will be jersey patches worn across the NBA…
 
The Lakers braintrust met recently and covered a lot of ground, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. Interestingly enough, a contract extension for LeBron James wasn't really the frontburner item. Instead, Rob Pelinka, Darvin Ham and James tried to lay out a vision for the season, and gain a common understanding of what's coming. And there w…
 
Monday, it was revealed that Kevin Durant served Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai with an ultimatum: You can keep me, or you can keep coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks. But you really can't keep both, if you want to keep me happy, at least. Tuesday, Tsai revealed his response: We like support our coach, our GM will make decisions based on what's best …
 
The Lakers are still reportedly very, very interested in acquiring Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, and to get him the Nets likely need resolution to the Kevin Durant Trade Situation. And that end of things saw some huge news Monday, as The Athletic's Shams Charania reports Durant gave Nets owner Joe Tsai an ultimatum: You can have me, or you can …
 
A new trade possibility emerged for the Lakers (and Russell Westbrook), at least in theory. According to Michael Scotto of Hoopshype reported late last week that Los Angeles could get itself involved in the talks between New York and Utah around Donovan Mitchell, whether as literal players in that hypothetical swap (turning it into a three-team dea…
 
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have the potential to be a formidable duo, despite last year's disaster. That is, of course, if both stay healthy and especially if Davis is an All Star (which is good... but not good enough) or an All-NBA caliber player. Someone in the MVP conversation. That's what the Lakers need, of course, to have a chance. Can al…
 
The Lakers have had another summer of change, and more change is expected (or at least, if you're John Q. LakersFan, badly wanted). But right now, as the NBA offseason rolls into the dog days of August, where do things stand for Los Angeles relative to the rest of the conference? Are they a playoff team? A play-in team? Something (gulp) worse? How …
 
Andy's still out, but that's ok! Jacob Rude, the fantastic writer for Silver Screen and Roll joins the show. We start with Thomas Bryant, returning to the Lakers after a few years in Washington. As a former Indiana Hoosier, Jacob (who also hosts Locked On Hoosiers), Bryant has been a player he's followed closely. What exactly can the Lakers expect …
 
Andy's on vacation, but the show doesn't stop! Cyrus Saatsaz, host of Locked On Warriors, stops by the show. We start with a scouting report on Juan Toscano-Anderson. What is a reasonable expectation, and how many minutes are too many for JTA? It's been a while since the Lakers had a real, live wing, but while Toscano-Anderson should be a fan favor…
 
With all the conversation about roster building and trades, especially trades involving Russell Westbrook that are yet to happen, one bit of critical housekeeping has received at least a little less attention. LeBron James is eligible for a two-year extension starting on August 4th. The Lakers are expected to quickly get the offer out there, but no…
 
We all know the Lakers are still working the phones, trying to improve the roster. Because, let's be honest here, this roster isn't currently good enough to win much of anything this season. But while we wait, it's reasonable to look at where things stand. What might a rotation look like? Who starts, who comes off the bench? Friend of the show Jova…
 
There is no question the Lakers need to get better, and in related news, they'd also like to trade Russell Westbrook. Doing the former by doing the latter, though, is proving to be a challenge. At least not without surrendering more assets than the Lakers (who are asset poor to say the least) would like to give up. There is, nonetheless, a line of …
 
News around the Lakers has been dominated by potential trades, whether for Kyrie Irving or Myles Turner and Buddy Hield. Tuesday, the rumor mill was quiet, giving everyone a break. At least for a day. And we learned the Lakers made a low key important move, as ESPN's Marc Spears reported a contract extension for assistant coach Phil Handy. As one o…
 
There is a line of thinking that the minute the Brooklyn Nets trade Kevin Durant, it becomes easier for the Lakers to acquire Kyrie Irving. This seems to be the preferred outcome for the organization, and certainly many fans, compared at least to the possibility of acquiring Buddy Hield and Myles Turner from Indiana. But Boston's potential package …
 
Last week brought the news that the Lakers had been kicking the tires again on a potential trade with Indiana that would bring guard Buddy Hield and perhaps center Myles Turner to Los Angeles in exchange for (broadly) Russell Westbrook and draft picks. Or apparently, draft PICK, which explains why the deal is reportedly dead for now. The Pacers wan…
 
Some interesting numbers were released today by our friends at Betonline - namely, the first look at win projections. Every team gets a marker set, and bettors can go over or under. Well, almost every team. The Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were conspicuously off the board. Why? Because people are expecting trades (or at least recognizing the possibilit…
 
While the world waits to see if the Lakers can swing a trade for Kyrie Irving with Brooklyn - a tough proposition given that Brooklyn will almost certainly wait until they get resolution on the Kevin Durant situation before moving Kyrie - could L.A. again be looking in another direction? A familiar direction? ESPN's Dave McMenamin reports the Laker…
 
A day barely passes without some news leaking about the Los Angeles Lakers, the Brooklyn Nets, and some trade that will affect Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Anthony Davis... even folks like Joe Harris, Seth Curry, and Talen Horton-Tucker, or teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers or Charlotte H…
 
A day has passed since a weird weekend that began with Russell Westbrook splitting with long-time agent Thad Foucher (according to Foucher's statement, over a conflict about Westbrook's future with the Lakers) and ended with LeBron James dominating the Drew League after sending out a tweet that felt like possibly trolling his current teammate. Incr…
 
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