Dennis Schroder is back, Russell Westbrook is still here, and the Lakers have still failed to answer the most obvious question with training camp around the corner. Ethan returns for a solo ride of the Ethos Lakers podcast to discuss the Schroder reunion, a possible starting five, LeBron's biggest challenge, and why it's time for Anthony Davis to step up for this club to have a chance. This episode is complete with a Stephen A Smith style rant, a balanced take on how this team can move forward, and an attempt to make sense out of the offseason that feels like it has presented more questions than answers.
It's been a while, but just like Patrick Beverley, we're back in Los Angeles for the return of the Ethos Lakers podcast! Ethan and JC are back to discuss the acquisition of Mr. 94 feet, the loss of wings on a team that has none, what the Lakers might look like with Buddy Hield and Myles Turner on the team, and of course, LeBron's extension. It's been a while since we've had the Lakers firmly in focus, but there is going to be a lot to dissect for Darvin's first honey baked Ham.
The Lakers' free agent frenzy is over, but the dust is far from settled with a Kyrie Irving-sized cloud directly overhead. Ethan and JC are back to dissect Irving's path to the Lakers, the club's free agent additions, missed opportunities, and where Kevin Durant may wind up--among other things, like holy crap that Rudy Gobert trade--when his path out of Brooklyn finally emerges. Come in hot and ready for mental stimulation. We got you on this one.
We're baaaaack! Ethan and JC return to the airwaves to bring the Lakers back into focus now that we're officially into the offseason. With the draft just a few days away, the fellas discuss the potential directions for the Lakers summer, including intriguing trade targets Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, and more. The gents also get their post-mortem drip on the roster that failed, put Russell Westbrook's chances at a return at slim to none, and give their opinion on how the Lakers can reverse the narrative to begin the Darvin Ham era.
The Los Angeles Lakers have finally made their head coaching decision, and in reality they didn't take that long, and they might have even nailed it. With the hiring of Darvin Ham (and the apparent public approval of LeBron James) the Lakers can finally get moving back on the road to redemption. Listen for JC's thoughts on the hiring and more on this solo edition of EthosLakers.
Despite that strange episode title, no, this is not becoming an EthosHeat show, but JC does preview the Eastern Conference Finals in this episode and he'll tell you why in the episode. He also goes over some of the latest Lakers news, some of it good, some of it concerning (what else is new?). But enjoy the latest EthosLakers solo episode!
Now that some time has passed, and cooler heads can prevail, it's time to dish out some regular-season grades. Ethan being the educator, this is probably more his area of expertise, but JC takes a crack at examining how the Lakers players did by going through half the roster for this episode. There are some surprising grades here, but JC didn't hold back, not even for his favorite players. Listen to see what he gave LeBron.
Ethan and JC are back with a brand new guest to discuss all things Lakers from the end of the season and how this franchise can possibly move forward from here. The fellas discuss Frank Vogel's firing, exit interviews, individual and team accountability, and set a brand new bar for the Lakers to clear as they embark on a weird and strange road ahead. Is moving LeBron even a consideration? Could AD be playing his way out of LA? Is there ANY CHANCE Westbrook declines nearly $50M to stick around? We go IN for an hour on this show and had a great time talking all things Lakers, so make sure to stay locked in!
Well, it's official. We're put out of our misery. No more 'what ifs' or 'when this guy comes back', no more talk about Kendrick freakin' Nunn! With the loss to the Phoenix Suns tonight, The Lakers are officially out of play-in contention, there will be no post-season for this year's Lakers team. It's easy to be mad, but we've been mad. In this episode, JC disappointingly comes to a strange conclusion about this team, with an assist from Richard Jefferson, one that he alluded to in the last episode. Listen to find out more.
Well it seemed inevitable to for things to have come to this point, and here we are, The Lakers are out of the play-in. After a disastrous loss to the Dallas Mavericks without LeBron James & Anthony Davis, the Lakers are 31-44. JC talks about the potential impact of missing the playoffs to LeBron's legacy, goes over a quick list of what could happen this off-season, but it might be too soon for that. There could still be hope. Maybe.
The Lakers are what they are, but LeBron is leaving us breathless with his dominance, allowing us to witness history in the making at age 37. In Year 19, unreal is the only word to use to try and describe what we're seeing every single night. Ethan spends a lot of time dissecting LeBron's absurd level of play, the frustration that comes while watching it within the context of this team, what Anthony Davis' return could mean, and if the Lakers have a chance to do absolutely anything in the playoff picture. Wenyen Gabriel Extension SZN? Jokes aside, Ethan finds some reasons to smile amidst what has been a very disappointing campaign to date.
After an inexcusable loss to the lowly Houston Rockets, the Lakers have officially broken the boys behind the mic. Ethan has SEVERAL grievances to air, JC can't understand how the team goes forward, and the fellas try to figure out what—if anything—this experiment gone wrong can salvage from this season. The real question: Will the Lakers even make the playoffs? LeBron's Los Angeles tenure is also squarely in the spotlight as the fellas try and unpack all that's happening in Hollywood.
Last episode the Lakers rumor mill was red hot with stories about how LeBron might want to leave the Lakers this summer, and now we've got a full 180 and Russell Westbrook might want out? Reports came out today that there might be 'mutual interest' in a parting of ways between Westbrook and The Lakers this summer. JC is back with a solo edition of the pod to tell you his thoughts and he might have also reached his breaking point with this team and is looking forward to the summer with just over 20 games left.
Fresh off All-Star Weekend, JC and Ethan are back on a fresh episode to discuss LeBron's future, another Anthony Davis injury, and of course, Russell Westbrook. Are the Lakers in trouble with LeBron? The fellas discuss who's to blame, try and chart the Lakers' path forward, and how the purple and gold can find success if they're really going to be in the playoff picture. Sit back and enjoy some savory and spice while JC and Ethan get nice on the Ethos Lakers podcast.
The trading deadline came and went and the Lakers didn't many moves. Not totally unexpected, but what is unexpected are some of the names that are emerging from the buyout market. There's one familiar face among the rumors that summarize the hilarity of this Lakers season.