Andre Drummond is here and it’s officially official! JC gives his thoughts on the sought after buyout signing now that Andre is set to make his debut vs the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. JC also takes a look at who else might still be available on the buyout market and if the Lakers even need to make another addition.
Andre Drummond, come on down! You’re the next contestant on the 2020-21 Los Angeles Lakers!
Following his buyout in Cleveland, “the other AD” has listed the Lakers as his “frontrunner” and it couldn’t come at a better time given what Los Angeles has ahead on the road without LeBron or Anthony Davis.
Ethan delivers a quick-hitting solo pod to dissect Drummond’s potential addition, what it means for the other bigs on the team, and how the big fella can help this team in both the current and future.
LeBron James…human being? After asking out following his high-ankle sprain, the Hoop Ball Lakers team can confirm that LeBron is in fact a human like all of us. No LBJ and no AD means the Lakers are about to really get tested. Talen Horton Tucker’s improvement will jump immediately into the spotlight, Kyle Kuzma gets the role he’s always clamored for, and Montrezl Harrell will continue to play a much larger role than many projected him for initially. The Lakers will be tested with a tough schedule and not a lot of rest time, and with LeBron’s timeline to return completely up in the air, the supporting cast will have to deliver an A-squad effort with a B-squad roster. Ethan and JC dive into what LeBron’s absence means for the fellas, especially with AD still on the sidelines, on this quick-hitting edition of the Hoop Ball Lakers podcast.
The boys are back with the Lakers off to a quick start after the All-Star Break, and LeBron and Co. are going to have to keep the train rolling without its caboose with Anthony Davis set to miss at least another few weeks. The Lakers have a fast and furious second-half schedule, so continued production from Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Talen Horton-Tucker will be paramount to supporting sustainable success. Ethan and JC dive into the Lakers options on the trade and buyout market, analyze AD’s extended absence, and delve into the bench depth as the second half of the campaign gets underway.
Regardless of personnel available, the key theme continues to be the same: Can the Lakers put together a consistent effort?
KCP & Wes Matthews have been MIA like Nick Saban, the offense is more stuck than a piece of year-old chewing gum on the underside of a student desk, and the Lakers simply need more from everyone not named LeBron to keep things moving without Anthony Davis on the floor. Ethan & JC deliver are back together to discuss where the Lakers stand entering the break, some potential options to improve in the short-term, and why, despite all of the recent losing, the Lakers are more than good enough as constructed to execute their desired mission of repeating as champions.
Lakers are back in the win column, and they’ve even got a new big to show off! Dennis Schröder is back as well, and oh how Lakers fans have missed him. We’ll talk about that and more on this episode of HoopBall Lakers with your host J.C. De Leon!
The Lakers have a problem, and it’s something in their immediate control. No Anthony Davis, no Dennis Schroder, and one huge problem. Listen to Ethan deliver a tirade on what the Lakers have looked like over the last handful of games, why he’s pessimistic about the pre-All Star Break stretch remaining, the potential big man market, and why the Lakers are under the gun to turn it around in a hurry.
The Lakers have dropped 2 of their last 3, and the Anthony Davis injury has taken a serious toll on the team’s rim protection. JC explores some more potential trade acquisitions as the Lakers stem the tide and ride this out.
Exhale, Lakers fans. The worst news is off the table.
Join Ethan on a solo ride on the Hoop Ball Lakers pod to answer the obvious question: Where do the Lakers go from here? Could Andre Drummond, or *gulp,* even Blake Griffin be a potential option? Or will Kyle Kuzma, THT, Trez, and Markieff Morris be enough to fill the void? Ethan looks at what the Lakers can do in the starting lineup, their replacement options, and breaks down the pre-All-Star-Break schedule to see just how bad of shape the Lakers are in without AD available–especially on defense. The LeBron tax just skyrocketed, but the news could have been so much worse for the Lakers and Anthony Davis. Ethan calms you down, tells you to breathe, and delivers a rational take on the Lakers short-term outlook sans The Brow.
Lakers are on a 3 game win streak and it could keep going! JC details the big Nuggets crushing, the Lakers new rotation, a breakout game for THT and more in this episode of the HoopBall Lakers Podcast!
The Lakers get back in the W column by beating the Celtics in Boston, but the story in LA is much larger than that. Talen Horton-Tucker is back on the court, the Lakers are hurting in the paint, and the effort is still in question as the fellas discuss what tweaks to expect in Frank Vogel’s rotation going forward. KCP needs to get back on track, AD’s adductor is a talking point, and LeBron needs a little help from his friends for the Lakers to keep the train rolling this week vs. the Hawks, Nuggets, and Pistons.
JC recaps the unfortunate back to back losses vs Philadelphia and Detroit, but all is not lost, he’ll tell you why. LeBron is on an early MVP track for the first time in years and more in this episode of The HoopBall Lakers Podcast!
On the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s passing, Ethan shares his raw, unfiltered, emotion about the moment that none of us want to acknowledge as real. Ethan grew up on Kobe, so this one is deeply personal. We hope you’ll listen and find some vibes with which you’ll align.