With the trade deadline only about a week away, things are getting a little tense. There are still a litany of questions yet to be answered, and not much time to do it. So with that in mind, we welcomed ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo to the show. It was a busy show, covering a lot of ground. It should also be noted we recorded before the road losses against Detroit and Washington. Obviously, those results would have otherwise been a topic of discussion.
What do the Lakers need at the deadline, and whether they should move Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum to get them filled.
How real is the push in Boston to trade Rajon Rondo? (7:00)
What real trade -- meaning something not totally one sided and absurd -- would you make including Bynum or Gasol? (13:15)
Even if they make moves filling in the middle of the roster, Russillo thinks the window on this group has closed. (19:00)
Does the fact the Lakers have become so money conscious show the new CBA is working as intended? (26:00)
From there, we get into an extended conversation about the MC Bracket Russillo and Scott Van Pelt are running as part of the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio -- 64 contestants in all, with the regions broken up into the Dirty South, West Coast, East Coast and 8 Mile. As hip hop isn't my strong suit, most of the deeper opinions are delivered by Russillo (who knows his stuff) and AK (who knows more than me -- hard to believe, but I'm actually less "street" than I look).
But we encourage everyone to click the links above and vote. Just vote responsibly.