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!
Brian Kamenetzky (1:31 PM)
Hey everyone. Thanks for coming by. Let's get started. Plenty to talk about this morning!
@KBros Do the Lakers have a shot for the title with Sessions and Beasley in the starting positions??????????
Brian Kamenetzky (1:33 PM)
I think that makes them much stronger, whether Beasley starts or comes off the bench. They'd add a far more productive PG and scoring punch on the wing, raising the level of their two weakest positions. Does it make them the NBA's best team? Hard to say, but they'd definitely be a strong contender.
Julius(South Africa) [via mobile]
CP3 has picked up the option of playing for Clippers in 2012-2013, but do you guys see him retiring as a clipper or there's a chance he may wear purple and gold
Brian Kamenetzky (1:33 PM)
Retiring a Clipper is difficult to project, since he'll be playing a while longer. But I do believe CP3 will sign an extension long term with the LAC, which basically eliminates any shot of him playing with the Lakers during his prime.
Mike (Ladera Ranch)
Seems like Bynum's knee picked a bad time to start acting up. Assuming he is a Laker next year, do you see them extending him?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:36 PM)
Mike-I think Bynum's knee is basically ok. He was going to get that injection over the All-Star break anyway, so even though he dinged it up a little against OKC, I don't see major alarm bells there. With his history, you never know, but for the time being it's probably ok. As for the extension, it's a really tricky question. Personally, I wouldn't want to have to invest that kind of money in a player I would be fairly sure would break down at some point. Yes, Drew is very young still and is coming into his own, but there's no reason to believe his knee problems are a thing of the past. It's very risky to go all in with him. This, by the way, is the big reason I don't believe he's automatically such an appealing chip to Orlando. They don't want to make this choice, either.
weird foul by wade on sunday, definitely sense some animosity. is there a bigger issue between kobe-wade?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:38 PM)
I have no idea. ASG's are weird events, in that there's never a really clear indication of who is supposed to start trying, and when. In the first half, it seemed like the W.C. was working a lot harder on both ends than the EC, and obviously that flipped a little in the second half. These guys are very competitive, and there are all sorts of unwritten rules. Wade felt Kobe fouled him a couple times, and didn't want to give up the easy dunk. I don't think he wanted to hurt Kobe, but he definitely tried to grab him and wrap him up.
I just asked Chad Ford if he thinks Gasol will be a Laker after the deadline? He said he thinks Gasol will be traded so I ask my favorite Bro's the same question.... Will Gasol be traded before the deadline?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:39 PM)
I believe there's a better chance Pau goes than Drew, but I'll still say he's here when it's all said and done, unless they're able to get that marquee PG in return. I don't see where he comes from before the deadline. There's really no reason for the Lakers to rush if they want to trade Pau. They can just as easily do it this summer, when things are more structured and a better deal would be easier to put together.
Hey K bros, appreciate the analyses and work you guys put in!So, I was listening to Max Kellerman yesterday, and he seems to be a bit of an optimist, and thinks that maybe Dwight could be using this whole "I won't re-sign in LA" thing to give the Lakers back the leverage, so they don't have to decimate their whole roster (mainly to keep Pau) to get him there. Subsequently, they could continue to make moves to bolster the roster to their needs with perhaps yet another trade with Pau involved or keep Pau and bring in others. Thoughts?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:41 PM)
I don't buy it, Eugene. The problem there is if the Lakers don't have to give up much, the incentive for Orlando to trade DH goes down considerably. If they're not all that interested in Bynum, and depending on who you ask they might not be, why does it serve the Magic to get back less with that package? They'd be better off taking their chances in the summer.
Why don't the Lakers make a push for Steve Nash there team wouldn't have to give up the farm to get him and we know Nash on lakers would be exciting?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:42 PM)
Hey Ernie-Nash would still cost a marquee player in return (probably Gasol) but I do think he'd be a very good player to look into. More likely, the Lakers would make a run at him this summer when he's a free agent, and see if he could be convinced to play here on the cheap. I don't think it's likely he's here, though, now or down the line.
Brian (Bay Area)
Hi K-Bros! Any truth to the rumor that Kobe intentionally bombed his neuro-psych baseline test in training camp in order to be able to be easily cleared in the case of a concussion?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:43 PM)
Haven't heard that one, Brian, but it's one of the best "Kobe as calculated competitor" rumors I've ever heard.
Is Kobe out tonight?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:43 PM)
I suspect he will be, but we'll know more after today's shootaround.
Kbros, I am very tentative when it comes to trading Pau. I would definitely trade him to get Derron, but I feel like there isn't much chance of that happening. The only other trade that I would feel confident making would be for Scola and Lowry. What are the odds and what type of package would we need to put around Pau to get Scola/Lowry from the rockets?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:45 PM)
I agree, Robby. There's very little reason to rush into a Gasol trade, other than to save some money down the road. In basketball terms, it's very difficult to get a package back that improves the Lakers substantially. In the NBA, the team getting the best player in return usually wins the trade. Right now, in many of the scenarios, Pau is the best player. As for the Rockets, I don't think they'll give up Lowry, who is a very young, productive player signed to a completely reasonable contract.
Matthew (San Diego, CA)
I remember in Ebanks exit interview, he was instructed to practice a lot at SG, with the plan of him backing up Kobe with the MWP/Barnes tandem on lock at SF. Why didn't that pan out? Do you think he can fit that role?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:46 PM)
Learning guard skills isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. Currently DE doesn't really have the ball skills to make that work, even as an off guard. Could he learn them eventually? Don't know. But currently I don't see it as a viable option.
Sounds like the Lakers are not landing Dwight or Deron. Is it just me, or should that automatically mean they just keep their big three and add pieces? Sessions + Beasley makes this a deeper/better than Kobe, Dwight and no depth. BTW, teams don't just give away talented 23 year olds every day. Lamar Odom was a young knucklehead too at one point and he turned it around. Did you see what Beasely did to the Clips last night? Felt like an audition to me.
Brian Kamenetzky (1:49 PM)
There's no doubt Beasley has a lot of talent, and to some degree he's a no harm, no foul acquisition because he probably won't cost a ton. Still, what people saw last night isn't exactly what MB produces on a nightly basis. Otherwise, he wouldn't be available for a draft pick or the TPE, right? As for the continued emphasis on Howard or D-Will, it's a question of best setting up the team for the future. The strongest argument for going after those guys is that if they miss, the Lakers won't have an avenue to their next star, someone who can take the torch from Kobe. Practically speaking, those are the last two guys that will definitely be on the market in the near future. But that said, if yo uhave a chance to make a run in the present, it's tough not to take the opportunity. You don't know what's happening down the road. I do believe this year's Big Three is enough to get it done, if the supporting cast is there.
Brothers of the K, love your stuff! The lakers need to give up on Howard, especially if he has already said that he wont sign an extension here. The lakers are the most storied franchise in sports, stars beg to play here, not the other way around. If he doesn't want to be here, I don't want him. Why aren't the lakers pulling the trigger on beasley? If we can get him for the TPE now, we need to do it before his stock rises, especially after last night's performance. Do you think LA holding out on howard could screw up our prospects with the other guys on the block?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:51 PM)
There's nothing to indicate all that it would take to get Beasley is the TPE. Minnesota would be wise to push any deal towards the deadline, and try to raise the price. Or at the very least, ask for more now and see if anyone bites.
Why don't we sign GA and AI to ten day contracts?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:51 PM)
Iverson would be pointless, and Arenas, by his own admission, wasn't really ready to play when he worked out for the Lakers. Remember, every other team in the league has the same chance to sign either guy, and nobody has. There's a reason.
Mini Mamba (Staples center)
Will I be dropping Glock Drops from the starting lineup tonight?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:52 PM)
It's very possible. Assuming Kobe is out, Mike Brown has a couple choices. He can start Goudelock (what I'd do), or put someone like Ebanks or Kapono in there so he can keep the rest of the rotation relatively similar.
Do you think the lakers are primarily going to trade pau because they want his salary off the books. A team with sessions/felton/insert PG + 24 beasley pau bynum is a contender.
Brian Kamenetzky (1:53 PM)
Money definitely is a factor in trading Gasol, but it's also that he's one of their best commodities.
Love your blog Kbros! keep up the hard work. With Kobe potentially being out i feel like this is a big time for Ebanks to show his true colors. Do you see a break out performance by Ebanks?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:53 PM)
Thanks, Eddie. Much appreciated. I don't think Ebanks is a lock to play tonight, let alone star or break out.
What's up with LO. Seems like he is goin through a really hard stretch. What do you see happening in the end with his basketball career?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:55 PM)
Hi Jefe-Honestly, I don't know. He's in a bad spot, no question. Dallas will not pick up his option for next season, so he'll be a free agent and will definitely draw interest around the league. He's too good not to. But whether he ever captures the form making him a 6MOTY, I don't know. I hope he bounces back, though. He's a guy you can root for.
Christian (Luxembourg )
hey K-BrosAppreciate your blog. Keep up the good work.Gerald Green is shooting the lights out in D-League. Why not giving him a shot with the Lakers. Offensively, he can't be worse than MWP. What do you think ?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:55 PM)
I believe Green was just picked up by the Nets, if I'm not mistaken. I know he was signed by someone.
Will (San Diego)
What are the chances of the Lakers missing the playoffs? also what are the chances of them getting a high draft pick?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:56 PM)
Hey Will. One of their Big Three would have to miss real time for the Lakers to miss the playoffs, but obviously with Kobe and the concussion and Bynum's ever present knee questions, that's hardly a ridiculous notion. But I think they'll make it. Even if they don't, the pick likely would be in the mid-teens, not high lottery.
Will R. (Dayton )
what's more likely, Gasol traded for lowry, rondo, or deron Williams?
Brian Kamenetzky (1:58 PM)
D-Will, only because he's the more likely one to move. If the Nets lose out on Howard, they'll likely try to flip D-Will somewhere and get some sort of return for their investment (remember, they paid a lot to Utah to get him). I don't know if Pau would be the chip they want for a rebuilding team, but that's a different story. I just don't see Houston moving Lowry, given his upside and favorable contract.
If the reports that Dwight will not extend if traded for by the Lakers are true (and/or that he's conspiring to join D-Will in Dallas), what do you do as the Lakers? Common sense says to tinker around the edges with Session/Beasley type deals. But, if you really want any chance at the title after this year, don't you have to gamble on a Dwight-Bynum trade then hope New Jersey thinks D-Will and Dwight are also planning on going to Dallas and thus trades D-Will for Pau. Don't you have to TRY to put the two of them with Kobe for 2 months and see if they can be convinced to stay long-term?
Brian Kamenetzky (2:00 PM)
Well put, Nate. That's the bind.I've always been in the win-now camp, no question. The future in the NBA is always too murky to bet on, but that said... it's very hard to see a path for the Lakers to get their next superstar if they can't land of of these two. Nothing is guaranteed even if they do, and obviously things change and guys pop up and become available, and in the past the Lakers have managed to make things happen. But the new NBA makes it tougher for LA to pull off those miracle deals of the past. Things are much more restrictive. I'd still take my chances and try to improve the team now, but the argument for waiting is compelling.
Is the Dwight Howard saga taking its toll on the Lakers players and Front office ???? If the Lakers don't get Howard do they have enough time to get good role players??????????
Brian Kamenetzky (2:01 PM)
Not if they push things all the way to the deadline, Ram. If they play the Dwight thing out to its fullest, which would reach into the summer, obviously that means this year's team is left to the wolves, so to speak. It's a tough call for the FO to make.
Pamela (San Gabriel,CA)
Are the Lakers going to get Dwight Howard in a trade or in free agency or neither?
Brian Kamenetzky (2:02 PM)
free agency is basically an impossibility. Trade, to me, is unlikely. Not impossible, but I've basically been in the "Dwight's Not Coming" camp for a while.
Brian Kamenetzky (2:03 PM)
Hey folks. That's it for me. I'm going to hand the controls over to Andy, and he'll finish up.Thanks for stopping by, and for all the great questions.
Gasol back to Memphis for OJ Mayo and Zach Randolph.. Memphis gets a duo Gasol frontcourt, and finally rids themselves of Mayo. LA picks up additional backcourt help with Mayo and Randolph can take over Gasol's spot.. Who blinks first?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:08 PM)
Geevis: It's an interesting scenario, but I'm guessing Memphis wouldn't want to pay Pau the second time around if they weren't interested in 2008.
Patrick (Los Angeles)
Lakers get Scola, Lowry and Beasley, Rockets get Gasol, Twolves get Kevin Martin and #1 pick with filler added to make salaries work Good trade for all ??
Andy Kamenetzky (2:09 PM)
Patrick: Bad trade for the Rox. Lowry has been too good to toss into that mix, even for someone like Gasol. Pau may be a better overall player than Lowry, but Houston would end up losing too much firepower for Pau to replace. They LOVE Lowry, too.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:13 PM)
Elizabeth: Somewhere between zero percent and negative-zero percent. Although, if it makes you feel any better, even if those three inexplicably decided to leave all at once, the Lakers would still be too far over the cap at that point to land a high end PG as a free agent.
Jay (Santa Monica)
The Lakers have to bump Dwayne around on Sunday, right? Nothing explicit, but he'll definitely get some hard fouls, right?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:15 PM)
Jay: I would think so, and I think it's an appropriate response. Like you said, nothing malicious, and it certainly shouldn't come with intent to injure Wade, regardless of whether you think he meant to hurt Kobe. (For the record, I don't.) But I think the Lakers should absolutely play Wade with some smart, purposeful physicality. Having said that, the refs will be on high alert, so the Lakers can't go overboard.
Matthew (San Diego, CA)
Hey Kbros, do you guys play fantasy basketball? How are you guys doing and who are your fantasy studs on your squads?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:22 PM)
Matthew: I don't play any fantasy sports other than football. I find baseball and basketball too much work. The seasons are longer, there are games every day, and you're constantly having to update rosters. Plus, my wife only has so much patience. The NFL is perfect. 17 week season. Games three days a week at the MOST. And it's my favorite sport. Brian, however, is in a league. To the best of my knowledge, his team is so-so.
T-Money (Los Angeles)
Do you see one of the Lakers(Metta or Barnes) getting a flagrant foul on D. Wade on Sunday for payback for what happened to Kobe and his broken nose....
Andy Kamenetzky (2:24 PM)
T-Money: I hope not. That would be pointless and potentially detrimental to the Lakers if it resulted in a suspension. The Laker can't afford to lose a key player for a game. I expect Wade to receive physical treatment, and that's appropriate. But everyone has to maintain a cool head and perspective of a bigger picture.
Craig (Los Angeles)
Hey AK, how about McRoberts for OJ Mayo? I remember Memphis and Indiana were trying to do this trade last year. Memphis still possible interested? This would solve our athleticism and shot creation needs. Then find some way to get Felton or Sessions.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:27 PM)
Craig: I'd make that deal if the Griz were interested, but I don't know if they're still into it. Mayo's been an important part of their bench, and I don't know if they can afford to lose his scoring in a potential playoff run, even with Z-Bo back. For the Lakers, it makes perfect sense, assuming there's a willingness to spend.
Is it Ebanks time tonight? + or - 2 minutes?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:29 PM)
Daniel: I'll go over, if for no other reason than my desire to see Ebanks get some run.
Hey Andy - has anyone asked MWP what he thought of D-Wade's cheap shot on Kobe at the ASG?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:29 PM)
Danz: To the best of my knowledge, no. The Lakers didn't practice on Monday, and MWP wasn't made available on Tuesday after practice.
Sessions and Beasley make us very dangerous. Agreed?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:30 PM)
Dave: Dangerous-er, at the very least.
how's the post game buffet at staples?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:31 PM)
Rasheed: There's no post-game buffet, just pre-game. And it's very hit or miss, to be perfectly honest.
Jon Santos (Tucson, AZ)
Why aren't you guys on "Cross-Talk" with Max, Marcellus, Ireland, and Mason?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:34 PM)
Jon: They're ducking us. Everyone's scared to match wits with the K Bros. That and crosstalk only takes place with the people actually hosting the shows that day. But we all know the REAL reason.
Andy, what are your thoughts on Bynum saying the offense needs to be more "creative", especially in the fourth quarter. Do you anticipate seeing any offensive changes by M. Brown in this second half?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:36 PM)
Dustin: "Anticipate?" No, in part because the jury is still out on Brown's ability to make offensive adjustments and in part because the personnel makes it tough. "Hope?" Certainly.As for Drew's comments, I think they're pretty much accurate. The offense typically grows stagnant and predictable as the games wear on. Granted, that's not an issue singular to the Lakers (a lot of teams experience this), but it's nonetheless the focus around these parts.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:37 PM)
Alrighty, kids, gotta run. But thanks for dropping by, and be sure to check out Lakers Late Night after the Wolves game, and if we get any lowdown on Kobe's status, we'll be sure to put it on the blog.