Did you hear? The lockout, she's over!
And with her demise, none too soon for support staff, fans, media, and players alike, comes the opportunity for analysis about real stuff that will have real impact on the team going forward. Things like...
The impact of a compressed schedule on Kobe Bryant and his teammates.
Roundtable discussion on big Lakers issues going forward.
To this light reading we add our first post-labor strife Land O'Lakers PodKast!
We start (3:00) with a little lockout postmortem. Who were the big winners and losers? Was it worth it for the players to hold out the way they did? From there (9:30) we ask if the core of the team -- meaning Kobe, Gasol, Lamar Odom, and Andrew Bynum-- is still good enough to win. We agree the answer is yes, but the margins are pretty thin as things stand right now. The Lakers need help. What should their priorities be, given how few tools they have available to add players to the roster (15:00).
Finally, we debate what to do with Shannon Brown (18:30).