The show was actually recorded on Friday, but even after back-to-back games played since we left the studio, the topics remain trenchant. With just 48 hours elapsed, the following statement may feel premature, but I'm nonetheless going there: In terms of sheer timelessness, it's the podcast equivalent of The Godfather or "In My Life." Except with even more staying power.
-(3:34) After a brief discussion about the legitimacy of Cheap Trick's five-necked guitar, we debate the media coverage of the Lakers. NBA.com's Fran Blinebury thinks the purple and gold's issues are often more relative than presented by talking heads and scribes. Surprisingly, our LO'L poll reveals the demanding Laker fan base agrees.
-(4:44): Speaking of hot button topics, the Ron Artest vs. Trevor Ariza debate has resurfaced again, most prominently from the Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke. Plaschke contends Artest not only hasn't helped the Laker as much as Ariza, but is hurting the Lakers in the process. I strongly disagree, whether you're talking about the general premise or the evidence Plaschke cited to reach his conclusion. Either way, Ron seemed motivated to answer critics with a phenomenal performance against San Antonio on Wednesday.
(Since the PodKast's recording, Artest's encore against OKC was admittedly disappointing, but he certainly lent a hand in Saturday's pivotal 20-0 second quarter run that ultimately put away Houston.)
-(12:56): Phil Jackson dropped a hint -not a promise, but a hint- of a return to coaching next season at Friday's shootaround in Oklahoma City. The stance was softened slightly before the game, but as I wrote in my reaction, there haven't been many concrete warning signs to think otherwise.
-(19:50): Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins calls in to talk about his recent article on Pau Gasol. It's a fantastic piece, and if you haven't read it, I highly advise pausing the PodKast and giving it an eyeball for a better reference point. Lots of interesting points, ranging from Pau's Renaissance man background and leanings, how this mindset complicates pinning down Pau's place in the NBA culture, and El Spaniard's mentoring relationship with his brother Marc.