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LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis caught up with former Grantland.com contributor and current writer for outlets such as The Guardian and Vice Sports (among others) Dave Schilling for this edition of the podcast. The two of them discussed the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers, how watching Michael Jordan compete with Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp made Schilling fall in love with the NBA during the 1990s, Schilling's thoughts on the young core and several other topics related to the current team.
Schilling voluntarily acknowledged his desire for the team to move in a different direction with the coaching staff after the season and even offered a 'familiar' solution as a potential head coach. The two of them also addressed the upcoming free agency period and which strategy the front office should take as well as Schilling's belief that LSU's Ben Simmons is the prospect the Lakers should most covet in the upcoming NBA Draft
Dwight Howard called me a liar Tuesday night. He is mistaken.
I wrote that Howard is very unhappy in Houston, and I stand by that report 100 percent. For the reasons why he is unhappy, and my best guess as to where he will finish the season (Miami), click over and give a read to my column.
Howard was interviewed in Sacramento after the Rockets lost to the Kings, and the man asking the questions was Jonathan Feigan, longtime beat writer for the Houston Chronicle. Feigan tried to ask four questions -- the first was about sending a message, the second was about the failure to play as a unit. Howard answered the first two questions with variations of the stock jock reply "We just gotta play hard." The third was about my report, and the fourth was unintelligible because Howard cut Feigan off.
The important question is the third one.
Feigan: "There was a report, maybe you've heard about it, that you were very unhappy with your role. If you hadn't been asked, what response would you have given?"
Howard: "I haven't said nothing to nobody about anything."
There are no lies in my story. I am very well-sourced around the league, and people tell me things that they would not tell other journalists. The sources for this story are exceptionally plugged-in to what is going on with the Rockets. Also,this is not a rumor. There is a difference between a rumor and a news report. This is the latter, not the former.
I had a lot more to say about the latest Dwightmare on the Rockets' flagship radio station, SportsTalk 790 in Houston with host Matt Ryan.
1A- Carolina Panthers defeat the NY Giants and are now 14-0!!
1B- NY Jets beat the Dallas Cowboys and keep their playoff hopes alive!!
2A- Is the drama in Houston with Dwight Howard real??
2B- NY Knick Derrick Williams is robbed!!
2C- Is there a rift between Jimmy Butler and HC Fred Hoiberg??
2D- Philly hires Mike Diantoni as assistant head coach!! Why??
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis was joined by Jamieson Welsh (Fox Sports Radio) and Jordan Buscarini (Castle Country Radio) once again for this episode. With all the rumors of potential free agents on the horizon and trade rumors swirling, the trio addressed all sides of the discussion. They also reassessed Jordan Clarkson's value with a bit of clarification of what his next contract might actually look like.
They were also pleased to be joined by the site's Trevor Lane for his opinions on all the recent news and rumors. Lane has an upcoming potential trades piece that should be up on the site this week, so we wanted to get a quick preview of some of his trade ideas.
The Twitter Topic of the Week was provided by a loyal and appreciated listener that wanted to focus on the idea of moving some of the veteran players. As always, your feedback and topics are very much appreciated. Remember to send them along with #LNPodcast to @JabariDavisNBA, @TheeJamieson and @Jordan_DTS.
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis was joined by Jamieson Welsh (Fox Sports Radio) and Jordan Buscarini (Castle Country Radio) for the seventh installment of your Lakers Nation Podcast. The trio discussed Magic Johnson's recent comments about the front office and Jim Buss in particular. Davis asks if Johnson's criticism, while somewhat accurate, comes across as a bit of revisionist history given the fact that the former Laker-great publicly endorsed several of the moves he seems to be critical of at this point.
Davis also asked the panel to discuss some of the positive developments they've seen from the young core, while also addressing the current rotation, player frustration and whether the team may consider moving anyone if a more compatible or promising player were to become available on the market.
Rather than their customary 'Final Shots' to close the show, the three of them took a moment to acknowledge some of Kobe Bryant's greatest moments since the 20-year-veteran officially announced his retirement last week.
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis caught up with the host of NBA Radio (Sirius XM) and founder of HoopsCritic.com, Brian Geltzeiler for today's episode. We simply had to talk to Geltzeiler (@HoopsCritic) following his "tweet heard 'round the world" about the organization's willingness to at least field offers for rookie D'Angelo Russell.
The duo also discussed the overall outlook of the young core as we move forward, how effective Coach Scott's methods have been with the younger players and whether Geltzeiler believes the team would consider making a move on the trade market if it meant shipping one or more of their developing assets out of town in order to make the current roster more enticing to potential upcoming free agents.
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis was joined by Jamieson Welsh (Fox Sports Radio) and Jordan Buscarini (Castle Country Radio) once again for this week's episode. The three of them discussed Kobe Bryant's condition and where the bulk of his remaining minutes should be devoted, as well as D'Angelo Russell's continued improvement both by the eye-ball test and the numbers and whether he should be the permanent starter at this point.
Corey Hansford also joined the show in order to give a mid-season assessment and chime in on this week's LakersNation.com Roundtable Discussion: which of the young core players has shown the greatest potential to be a superstar at this level?
Davis also asked each of them to put on their proverbial GM hats and decide which direction would be the best way to go with the future of the small forward position with rumors of potential interest in upcoming free agents like DeMar DeRozan, Hassan Whiteside and Harrison Barnes (amongst others) from the organization.
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis was joined by Jamieson Welsh (Fox Sports Radio) and Jordan Buscarini (Castle Country Radio) for the first episode of your Lakers Nation Podcast for the 2015-16 regular season. The three of them reassessed what might be realistic expectations for this team as the franchise continues to transition from what has been a remarkable run throughout a majority of the "Kobe Bryant Era" to establishing a new foundation centered around a promising core of young players led by Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell.
The trio also addressed this week's 'LakersNation.com Roundtable Question' -generated each week by the site's Corey Hansford- and discussed whether it was a mistake by the front office to cut center Robert Upshaw.
The 'Twitter Conersation of the Week' centered around @TeamJ30_Randle's question about whether Jordan Clarkson's continued emergence could potentially delay D'Angelo Russell's development as a playmaker and eventual leader at this level?
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis and Corey Hansford were joined by Jamieson Welsh (Fox Sports Radio) and Jordan Buscarini (Castle Country Radio) for this week's episode of your Lakers Nation Podcast.
The four of them discussed: roster cuts, D'Angelo Russell's progress and role, Marcelo Huertas' impressive play, the Lamar Odom situation and the coaching staff's willingness to embrace three-point shooting and advanced analytics as a whole (Rondtable Question).
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis was joined by Jamieson Welsh (Fox Sports Radio) and Jordan Buscarini (Castle Country Radio) for this weeks episode. The three of them discussed Kobe Bryant's recent reminder to the young players of this team's necessity to work the ball around on the offensive end and why there's a lot of "pot" meet "kettle" in that suggestion, D'Angelo Russell's steady improvement, Coach Scott's admission that he still struggles with balancing Bryant's minutes and why that remains problematic and several Twitter topics provided by you listeners.
They also dove into this week's LakersNation.com Roundtable Question: What does Julius Randle need to work on in order to continue what has already been an impressive development process.
LakersNation.com's Jabari Davis was joined by Jamieson Welsh (Fox Sports Radio), Jordan Buscarini (Castle Country Radio) and LakersNation's own Trevor Lane for this week's episode of your Lakers Nation Podcast.
The four of them offered reactions to what the team has shown through the first few preseason games, got into just how impressive Julius Randle has looked and discussed whether D'Angelo Russell's overall health may be a concern as the 19-year-old returns from his second "fluke" camp injury.
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