It seems impossible to go ten minutes these days without someone threatening to break a massive Lakers franchise record. Kobe Bryant will enter Friday's game in Philadelphia 72 points shy of passing Jerry West for the points crown, while Phil Jackson needs three victories to eclipse Pat Riley's win total as L.A.'s sideline general. With that in mind, today's Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers PodKast focuses on milestones.
What does it mean for Kobe to pass West? Who's the best this organization has ever seen (the G.L.O.A.T., if you will)?
Then there's PJ and Riles. Two iconic coaches with nearly identical coaching records in L.A. Which one is the G.L.C.O.A.T.? To compare their respective approaches to the job, we tracked down Lakers icon A.C. Green, the only player to suit up in purple and gold for both guys.
Here's the rundown:
(5:40) G.L.O.A.T talk, looking first at what Bryant's final numbers might be, and where they'd place him on the team's all time lists. We note how hard it is to choose the franchise's best player because the Lakers have had so many transcendent talents.
(8:30) It seems for many the argument comes down to Kobe vs. Magic Johnson. Both of us are Magic guys and agree Kobe has a major uphill climb to unseat him at the mountaintop, despite incredible accomplishments past, present, and future. Plus, special shout outs to forgotten statistical titans Normie Glick and Randolph Keys.
(19:40) We move to Riley and PJ. While Jackson has the stronger overall record, both dominated in Los Angeles. Who's "your guy?" 710 ESPN reporter/Lakers Insider Beto Duran, a native Angeleno, joins the discussion at 23:50.
(30:50) My conversation with Green. He compares the coaching styles of Riley and Jackson, ruminates on the Lakers-Celtics rivalry ahead of L.A.'s date with Boston Sunday afternoon, and finishes with a little (though certainly polite) trash talk. Is he the only man on the planet who can call 24 soft? (Click here for just the interview.)