Chat with the Kamenetzky Brothers
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll have ESPNLosAngeles.com Los Angeles Lakers bloggers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky stopping by for their weekly chat.
Before joining ESPNLosAngeles.com, Brian and Andy hosted Lakers Blog for the Los Angeles Times from 2005-09. They host the ESPN Kamenetzky Brothers Lakers PodKast and frequently appear on ESPN Radio 710. As contributors for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, they have written about virtually every sport known to mankind.
Send your questions now and join the Brothers Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET!
Andy Kamenetzky (1:31 PM)
Hey all. Let's get 'er popping. Brian is on vacation, so it's just me. I'm also on baby duty solo for another 20-ish minutes, so I've got a lotta plates spinning at the moment. But I'll do my best.
Tommy (Los Angeles) [via mobile]
Hey Kbros! My question is which of the lakers players currently on our roster do you see possibly benefiting from overseas play if there actually is an extended lockout. As we've seen in the NFL, that prolonged delay didn't help with injuries and players being in tip top shape so I, for one, believe that a player such as Artest could actually stay in shape while working on his offensive game while playing overseas during the lockout. Thanks for the time guys!
Andy Kamenetzky (1:35 PM)
Tommy: I'd say Kobe, and by a long shot. He's got the most mileage of any core player, and he's also nursing the most specific injuries. Everybody is aching down the stretch of a playoff run, but Kobe was really hurting. If the season gets too compressed with a late start, that might actually backfire for Kobe, in that he'll be playing a very hectic schedule with little downtime. But if this was just a matter of 10 or so missed games, it's conceivable Kobe might benefit.
AmitK (New Delhi)
Hi KBros..you guys been good ? Were you around for the last lockout ? I know you probably can't say but..whose intransigence seems more...justified...to you at this point ? Players/Owners ? ..hope the little one is doing great AK..
Andy Kamenetzky (1:43 PM)
Hey Amit: The little one is doing okay in general, although not particularly happy at this exact moment. As for the last lockout, I wasn't with ESPN at the time, but rather bartending full time. (Although as someone who worked in a sports bar, I felt the lockout impact, too.) As for the question of who's more "justified," I think both sides are a mix of valid and unreasonable behavior. The owners are correct that the system needs fixing, but the notion of guaranteed profit is unrealistic and absurd. There are also internal beefs over profit sharing. On the other hand, the players need to realize the lifestyle and pay scale they've been used to simply isn't realistic anymore, and also need to display more gratitude for the position they're in. Even if they lost every battle in the new CBA, they'd still be making exceptional salaries. In this current economic climate, to even attempt framing their situation as "sacrifice" can be tough to take.
Marty McFly (Hill Valley, CA)
If the Lakers had a flux capacitor, what changes would they have made if any? [Artest/Ariza , Bynum/Melo, Luke Walton's contract]
Andy Kamenetzky (1:47 PM)
Marty McFly: Walton's contract would be either be much smaller/shorter, if not altogether non-existent. I think they'd have stood pat on Bynum/Melo, and it's debatable the degree to which that one was truly even on the table for the Lakers. And despite Artest perhaps setting up to be an anchor over the next year or two, I think they'd stand by that decision. At the end of the day, you make these moves to win titles, and Ron played a ginormous role in securing the 2010 championship. Bigger than Trevor, and against a tougher team and in a tougher series. That Game 7 justified the deal.
Hey KBros. . . . What are the chances Barnes starts over Artest and from a production standpoint do you think that would be a better fit for our starting lineup assuming its the same (D.Fish Kobe Gasol & Bynum)???
Andy Kamenetzky (1:57 PM)
Brandon: I'm guessing Artest will remain the starter, at least to begin the season. I realize he's coming off a down season, but he's a better overall player than Barnes. He's also a better physical matchup against most small forwards on defense, where his game remains particularly superior to Barnes. Plus, his outside shooting is more reliable. Unless Mike Brown wanted to make Ron a featured player off the bench, basically a co-6th man with LO, I don't think it make much sense to make him a reserve. Better to just increase Barnes' minutes, if need be.
Do you think Jim Buss should make an appearance on Undercover Boss? I bet no one would recognize him if he got a haircut and didn't wear a cap.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:59 PM)
Never: I'm not sure everyone recognizes Jim Buss as it is.
Henry (Long Beach)
Which team is better? Dream Team or Redeem Team. I know Magic Johnson said Dream Team is way better because their margins of victory were higher. However, the international teams Redeem Team faced were light years ahead of the competition back then.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:02 PM)
Henry: You hit the nail on the head as to why the argument cuts both ways. On pure talent alone, the Dream Team is probably the superior team. However, they were beating the snot out of Euro JV teams. I imagine they still would have gotten the Gold in 2008, but it would have been a much tougher road. The Spanish team the Redeem Team beat was no joke. Even if you still give the edge to the Dream Team, margin of victory shouldn't even be cited as a reason.
Since not much is going on, I figured I'd ask a question that's been on my mind for a while. Dec. 30, 2007, throwback day at staples between the Lakers and C's. Not only did the Lakers wear the throwback jerseys, for some absurd reason they wore the short shorts as well. Was this a punishment for something? Fish and Bynum looked so ridiculous it's no wonder they lost the game. Why was this allowed to take place?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:06 PM)
Dan: To say the least, that was a fashion mistake. Drew could have played that game in Underoos and I don't think he would have looked more embarrassed and uncomfortable. It was a truly regrettable day in Laker history. I only hope whomever came up with that bright idea got a write up in their work file.
Hey K bros! Love following you guys for my daily dose of purple and gold.. just curious.. who breaks LAL news faster? you or your brother?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:07 PM)
Christian: The answer is actually C: Dave McMenamin. And by a long shot. But technically speaking, probably Brian, who's a slightly faster typist.
By the way im putting a stone patio in my backyard. How many steps is too many? I plan on drinking on this patio.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:13 PM)
Turner: As a rule of thumb, the more steps are involved, the higher the odds for mishaps. Do some honest soul searching about your tolerance, then do the math from there. And for those wondering, I can personally handle quite a few steps. #NothingToBeProudOf
Cheesehead Sports Nut (@CheeseheadSN)
When college basketball coaches leave programs that they built and where they are successful (i.e. Tom Crean at Marquette) to take a higher profile job, what do you think is the success rate of them staying at that bigger program long-term? May be I am risk adverse but why not stay where you had success and some goodwill built up instead of moving to a place with higher expectations and no goodwill build up?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:17 PM)
Cheesehead: As the old saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side. And the larger programs can sometimes offer a higher salary. Plus, people sometimes undervalue personal happiness compared to a heightened profile. Not that I'm in favor of complacency or being the big fish in a small pond forever. And there's certainly such a thing as feeling like you've accomplished everything possible at a certain school and desiring a new challenge. But oftentimes, I think coaches get lured by the notion of a bigger stage, which can have mixed results.
Who's coming back from the lockout fat and out of shape? I'd say Artest is probably the leading candidate...
Andy Kamenetzky (2:20 PM)
Eric: If you still count Derrick Caracter as a Laker, he's my clubhouse leader, hands down. He could lap the entire field in his sleep.
Who do you guys think the lockout for a full season effects more Lebron's career, legacy/Kobe's Legacy,career/Duncan's career,legacy?I feel like Lebron is losing the most considering he's still at the top of his game and he's still without a ring for a full year.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:33 PM)
Turner: I agree with your "LeBron" assessment. Duncan is already talked up as the greatest PF in history, and if the Spurs win another ring, the likelihood of him being the alpha male engine seem pretty low. Kobe kinda is who he is at this point, too. Even with a 6th ring, Kobe's Lakers have too many Finals losses and playoff wipeouts to place him at Jordan's level. I'm not saying that's fair or unfair, or even my opinion, but that's probably reality for the masses. (As I've written many times, I find the "Kobe vs. Jordan" debate extremely tedious.) LeBron, however, is still building a legacy, and a lost season equals a lost opportunity.
Dean (Juniper Hills)
Just want to say I've been a big fan of your guys' work for a very long time, all the way from Blood Simple up to True Grit. So what's up next?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:34 PM)
And with that, I bid everyone farewell! Thanks for dropping by. Same time next week!