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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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Last week, Anthony Davis was a big topic of conversation. Namely, how the Lakers star, despite some perfectly good early season production, needed to play better for the Lakers to get where they want to go. Well, the same is true of LeBron James. It starts on the defensive side of things, where James admitted following Friday's loss to the Clippers…
 
Well, we learned what LeBron James found fishy! It was Tuesday's positive COVID-19 test, which entered him into the NBA's health and safety protocols and forced him to miss that night's game against the Kings. Considering Anthony Davis said LeBron told him he felt asymptomatic, it makes sense that The King thought his results might be a little wonk…
 
The Lakers have a couple days to kill between Tuesday's win over Sacramento, fueled by arguably their best half of the year, and Friday's tilt at Staples against the Clippers. Thankfully, LeBron James, stuck in the NBA's health and safety protocols, helped fill that space with a weird tweet about something fishy going on, featuring four different f…
 
Very little has gone according to plan for the Lakers this season, and that drumbeat continued Tuesday as the Lakers learned LeBron James would be forced into the league's Covid health and safety protocols. How long he'll be out depends on his symptoms and how fast he returns two negative tests, but at the least he'll miss Friday's game against the…
 
Avery Bradley's playing time (as in "why does he play so much?") has been a source of great controversy among Lakers fans and media. Well, Frank Vogel was asked by Brian himself on Monday after Lakers practice exactly what keeps Bradley in the lineup. As Vogel explained, a lot has to do with Bradley's mindset, which mirrors what his coach wants fro…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
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 all…
 
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…
 
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 fac…
 
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 creat…
 
The Lakers played a big, nationally televised game on Wednesday in Milwaukee. And, in keeping with a too frequent theme this year, they lost. But this time, Lakers fans can feel a lot better despite the L, because the quality of play was higher than what we've seen to this point. For starters, Russell Westbrook played arguably his best game as a La…
 
The Lakers could use some good news, and per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, that's on the horizon. LeBron James may be returning the court as soon as Friday in Boston against the Celtics. To put it mildly, his seven game absence (eight counting Wednesday in Milwaukee) has put a strain on the team. It's set the stage for a difficult five-game roadie, an…
 
Through 14 games, the 2021-22 season for the Lakers had been a struggle, filled with injuries, frustration and inconsistency. But there had been at least some signs, here and there, that things might be improving. Anthony Davis has been pretty excellent throughout. Russell Westbrook has been growing incrementally better, some intermittent Westbrook…
 
The Lakers may have done their work early on Sunday with a rare non-TV motivated 12:30 pm start, but that doesn't mean they weren't really busy. They busted out a new starting lineup featuring Talen Horton-Tucker, who was making his season debut. They made it clear LeBron James was on his way back, perhaps for Monday's game against the Bulls, but i…
 
The Lakers may not have played Thursday, but that doesn't keep the news cycle from churning. The team, no shock given happenings since the start of training camp, yet another injury. This time, it's Austin Reaves who joins the walking wounded. The hamstring that kept him out of Wednesday's game called "minor" by Frank Vogel will now keep him out at…
 
For a second straight game, the Lakers found themselves in overtime, and for the the second straight game they found a way to get a win. In this case, it was against a very good Miami Heat team, which made the absences of Rajon Rondo and Austin Reaves (on top of LeBron James, et al) even more of a potential obstacle to conquer. And the overall perf…
 
So 11 games in, Lakers fans (and Lakers coaches, Lakers players and Lakers management) are learning a lot about what it means to be a team featuring Russell Westbrook. The extremes are striking, particularly now while he's not playing particularly well in the aggregate. Is it something people were totally prepared for? How is it impacting the way t…
 
After Saturday's nakedly dispirited and lethargic loss to the Trail Blazers in Portland, the Lakers desperately needed to get themselves back in the win column Monday against Charlotte, even without LeBron James (among others). But just as importantly, they needed to just compete again, regardless of the results. As it turned out, both directives h…
 
Saturday's 105-90 loss to the Trail Blazers felt, frankly, like a danger point for the Lakers. The result itself was fairly predictable. The Lakers haven't been playing well, and that's before you factor the difficulty to win in Portland under the best of circumstances, much less a scenario where you're missing LeBron James, Anthony Davis (who bowe…
 
So... Thursday was a bit of a bummer. The news broke mid-day that LeBron James would be at least a week thanks to an abdominal strain suffered Tuesday against Houston. Anthony Davis sprained his thumb in the first half against Oklahoma City, and while he finished the game he declared himself questionable for Saturday in Portland. Oh, and the Lakers…
 
Trying to figure out just where the Lakers stand these days on either side of the ball isn't easy. Not only is the Lakers rotation in tatters thanks to a rash of early season injuries, but the schedule itself hasn't helped. The Lakers have had a run of recent success (relatively speaking) against the Rockets, for example, who are terrible. Shutting…
 
So on the one hand, the Lakers got huge, mega-star performances from their three mega-stars. They won on Tuesday, running their record to a more tidy 5-3 after a very shaky start (in the win/loss column, at least). Russell Westbrook continues to look much more comfortable playing with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, seeming to settle into an attack…
 
The Lakers are coming off a win where they held Houston to 85 points. Granted, the Rockets are a godawful team, with about six months of collective NBA experience between the players, but that's still a very low score. Is this a sign of the Lakers starting to drill down on Frank Vogel's defensive principles? Without getting ahead of ourselves... pe…
 
The Lakers are now above .500 after a 95-85 win over a seriously hapless Houston Rockets squad, and by flipping their typical script. For once, it was their defense that was most reliable, while the offense was spotty. Granted, it snuck up on Brian that the Lakers' offense has been so effective in the first place, but frankly, given the defense the…
 
The sting of Wednesday's loss to Oklahoma City, in which the Lakers blew a 26-point lead, is still pretty fresh. The concern over a second straight missed game for LeBron James is palpable. Kendrick Nunn, Talen Horton-Tucker, Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington remain on the sidelines. The Lakers have not even staged a single practice with their full …
 
There's always a chance the Lakers will have a more disappointing loss than the one coming Wednesday, 123-115 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they'll certainly have to work hard to make it happen. With just 3:28 left in the first half, the Lakers were sitting on a 26-point lead against a heretofore winless, very young, super-inexperienced squad, …
 
No LeBron James, no problem? Well, that would be the hyperbolic retelling of the Lakers' 125-121 OT win over the Spurs. James, who's nursing a sore ankle from a collision during Sunday's game against the Spurs, was definitely missed during the overtime victory, which to put it kindly, wasn't always pretty. But for a team still figuring itself out a…
 
24 hours removed from Sunday's victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, there's still a lot to unpack for the Lakers with this victory. In part because the next six games (San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Houston, Houston AGAIN, Oklahoma City AGAIN) constitute a slate of very winnable contests (and given the bloodbath that is the west, no opportun…
 
The 2021-22 season has been, to put it mildly, off to a rocky start for the Lakers. They went 0-fer the entire preseason, then dropped the opening pair of regular season games, the second a loss to the Phoenix Suns, featuring a variety of meltdowns over officiating and a timeout brouhaha between Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard. Frankly, the team re…
 
That the Lakers are and will remain for a while a work in progress is a well-developed story at this point. (Hardly uninteresting, but definitely not unspoken.) What makes things interesting is the scope of that work. One of the major issues facing Frank Vogel, his triumvirate of stars and a brand new supporting cast - balance. So many potential tr…
 
The Lakers disappointed in their opening night loss to the Golden State Warriors, but for some fans another disappointment came with a starting lineup that included DeAndre Jordan starting at center, as opposed to one featuring Anthony Davis at the five. It wasn't exactly a surprise, given the team's current injury woes that have thinned out the ro…
 
Here we go! The Lakers finally played a game that counts. So how did the new LeBron James/Anthony Davis/Russell Westbrook era kick off? Not so hot. On the surface, a 121-114 loss to the Warriors doesn't seem *that* terrible, but once you break down the particulars, there was a lot to be concerned about. There was the defense, which fell apart badly…
 
IT BEGINS TODAY! The Lakers kick off the 2021-22 NBA season, against the Golden State Warriors. So what's going to happen this year? It's time to make some big predictions. But first, a little more housekeeping as the Lakers finalized their roster. They returned another familiar face to El Segundo, claiming Avery Bradley off waivers after the veter…
 
With the regular season about 24 hours from launching, there's been a lot of talk about the Lakers' 0-6 preseason, what could be the explanation(s), and whether those goose eggs even matter. (Plus, how best to go about actually winning some games once they count.) As far as explanations go, it's worth noting the Lakers aren't just fitting together …
 
The Lakers' preseason is officially in the books after a 116-112 loss to the Sacramento Kings, the sixth loss in as many tries before the real games begin. (ALL HAIL 0-6!!!) But that last go-around wasn't entirely negative. To begin, this was arguably the best individual game each for LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, and without q…
 
Tuesday's preseason loss to Warriors didn't just present the first look at the Lakers' Big Three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. It raised the question of who should start alongside that trio of All-Stars. Granted, Frank Vogel's hands are a bit tied at the moment, given all the players who are shelved with injuries. But could …
 
At long last, the Lakers' Big Three finally played a game together! Even with the caveat of it being the first non-practice run, and that half of the rotation was missing (no exaggeration), LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook playing together is by definition a "thing." As such, there were takeaways from Tuesday's loss to the Golden S…
 
The last several days have not been kind to the Lakers. They've yet to win a preseason game. Trevor Ariza is out indefinitely after ankle surgery. Malik Monk is sidelined (albeit hopefully not for long) with a groin issue. And then came Monday's news that Talen Horton Tucker will require surgery to repair torn ligaments in his thumb. It's not yet k…
 
Another day, another Lakers preseason loss. This time, it was 123-94 spanking at the hands of the Phoenix Suns, a continuation of a themes seen since training camp opened. The Lakers were shorthanded (Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker and Malik Monk are injured, while LeBron James opted not to suit up), and the play on both sides of the ball was, s…
 
With the season fast approaching, the Kamenetzkys decided to get a perspective from outside Los Angeles about where the Lakers stand. How outside? Try Melbourne, Australia, with Josh Lloyd, the host of Locked on NBA and Locked on NBA Fantasy, They broke down the Lakers on both sides of the ball, along with how things could shake out with so many ne…
 
It's felt a bit concerning that training camp has yet to include the participation of veteran forward Trevor Ariza, who'd been dealing with a sore ankle. Well, the mood just shifted from "concerning" to "alarming." The Lakers announced shortly after Wednesday's 117-105 preseason loss to the Phoenix Suns that Ariza underwent an arthroscopic debridem…
 
The Lakers got on a plane to Phoenix Tuesday for their second preseason game. This one will feature Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony - "the two Anthony's," as Frank Vogel called them - but not LeBron James or Russell Westbrook. And while Vogel didn't give any indication of how he's leaning when it comes to a starting lineup to open the year, he di…
 
After Sunday's loss, Lakers fans registered plenty of opinions about who performed well, and who didn't. Talen Horton-Tucker, who had an uneven game for sure, saw some criticism. One comment from a viewer on the Locked On Lakers YouTube page was particularly irritated by THT's performance: "THT does NOT make his teammates better, he makes them less…
 
The Lakers kicked off their preseason Sunday, losing to the Brooklyn Nets )or people wearing Brooklyn Nets uniforms, at least), 123-97. Save a break-a-sweat first quarter from Anthony Davis, both teams ran without their stars, so it's hard to draw too much meaning from the result, but certain things did stick out: It was nice to see Davis back on t…
 
The Lakers have only practiced twice, and Frank Vogel is learning a radically reshuffled roster that's, as he noted, at a "continuity disadvantage" compared to other contenders. Nothing he thinks they can't overcome, obviously, but it explains why he currently has no clue who'll start alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. He …
 
The Lakers' season, it is officially upon us! And we know this because the team has logged its first practice. At long last, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook shared the court doing basketball stuff. What were some of the impressions? To begin, Russ is fast. Like, really fast. Like, "Holy s----, you have no idea just how fast this …
 
The 2021-22 season is officially off and running. Tuesday, the Lakers were the last of the NBA's 30 teams to hold their media day. It was a brisk, efficient affair, too, in which we learned a lot about the group. There was a lot of talk about Anthony Davis and where he'll play (A.D. removed the mystery quickly, saying he expects to be the center, a…
 
With 24 hours before the Lakers' open camp, The Athletics' Sam Amick, Shams Charania and Bill Oram joined forces to write an extremely detailed breakdown of the Lakers' offseason, and all the different variables shaping events like the Russell Westbrook trade, a massive roster shakeup, and future plans for certain players. There's a lot from this o…
 
The Lakers are just about ready to open training camp. It's coming on Tuesday! But before it does, we take a look at a couple lingering, and extremely important, questions from last week's press conference with General Manager/VP of Basketball Operations Rob Pelinka. (Along with some housekeeping news about that 14th roster spot...) First, Pelinka …
 
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