Move over Dumbledore, Rob Pelinka is throwing his hat into the ring to be the new king of the wizarding world with the work he’s done in NBA Free Agency.
With the rest of the league spending like drunken sailors, Pelinka and the Lakers front office identified their guys, made their pitch, and kept the books clean to build a roster around LeBron and AD that actually makes sense.
Ethan is back to deliver his take on the signings, what else the Lakers need, and to give some of his best and worst of the league-wide spending spree so far.
It’s the league’s second season and we LOVE it in Lakerland!
The NBA season is over, the Denver Nuggets are your NBA Champions, let the off-season begin!
JC takes you through where his mind is as far as this Lakers team is, what the Lakers priorities should be, he praises Austin Reaves a lot (as he should).
He also brings up that there might be a changing of the guard(s?) as far as how teams philosophically build their rosters going forward. Is Golden State still a threat or do teams need to build around the idea of stopping Nikola Jokic in Denver?
He’ll answer all that and more in the latest episode of Ethos Lakers!
The up and down season is over, and not on a positive note but a nebulous one.
After a 4-0 sweep by the Denver Nuggets, suddenly LeBron looks old and is talking retirement. Anthony Davis isn’t an everyday superstar, Reaves might be too expensive to retain and history might repeat itself if the Lakers go after a high priced point guard at the expense of their young core.
JC takes you through what the priority list for the Lakers should be this summer, his thoughts on the season as a whole and his assessment of Darvin Ham’s rookie year as a head coach.
It’s a bittersweet ending and episode, but hopefully one that fills Lakers with some enthusiasm for the upcoming off-season.
Let’s just call it what it appears to be: The Lakers have run out of gas.
D’Angelo Russell and Dennis Schroder have been more invisible than Casper, Jamal Murray is hotter than a sizzling fajita skillet at your favorite Mexican restaurant, and when Nikola Jokic is a footnote and the Lakers still can’t figure it out, it’s not a good sign for what’s about to come.
The Lakers are caught somewhere in between thinking about what’s next and trying to stay present to take at least one game in these Western Conference Finals, but it’s going to take more than just Anthony Davis or LeBron James—or even Austin Reaves—for LA to have it their way at least one time vs. a better Denver team.
The Nuggets are talented, deep, connected, and that’s what has the Lakers on life support as they try desperately not to have their season ended on Monday in a four-game sweep.
Ethan returns on a solo ride to discuss what has happened to the Lakers, offer some potential perspective, and how the Lakers can get back into the series one game at a time.
The Lakers are now four wins away from reaching the NBA Finals, and eight wins away from securing another championship. As our old friend Shaquille O’Neal would say: “CAN YOU DIG IT?!”
LeBron might be the third oldest player in the league, but he continues to show why he’s unlike anyone or anything we have ever seen. Anthony Davis turned a couple of narratives on their heads, Austin Reaves is back to being HIM, and Dennis Schroder starring as the irritant is exactly what this Lakers group needs to continue to play cohesive basketball.
Ethan and JC link up to discuss the second-round win, the Warriors immediate future, and how the Lakers can look to replicate their success vs. Golden State as they move on to the No. 1 seeded Denver Nuggets.
Get out the sweet and sour sauce for what should be a juicy Western Conference Finals ahead.
Lakers are one win from the Western Conference Finals! From a 2-10 start to the season to the brink of the Western Conference Finals. Who would have thought?
JC takes you through the win last night and the masterful night off the bench for Lonnie Walker IV, a night off the bench no one’s seen since one Kobe Bean Bryant did it way back in ’97.
A lot more in this episode, you won’t want to miss it. JC congratulates Alex Caruso on a huge honor, talks about potential off-season moves for the Warriors and the Lakers and he even yells at a dog! You’ll have to listen to that to believe it.
After a record-tying first quarter saw the Lakers lead by 26 points, Ethan takes to the mic to break down how the Lakers built up such a substantial lead in front of the team’s first capacity playoff crowd in a decade!
The emotions have been digested, Anthony Davis does not have a career-ending injury, and the Lakers are suddenly appear to be in the driver’s seat following a Game 1 road win in Memphis.
Ahead of Game 2, Ethan and JC are back to discuss the rise of Rui Hachimura, Austin Reaves indeed being HIM, and how these Lakers not needing LeBron’s name in the headline is the best thing possible for sustainable success.
The fellas also discuss D’Angelo Russell’s role, his pairing with Dennis Schroder, and possible lineup tweaks we could see during this playoff run. One thing is for sure: If the Lakers are going to keep winning, they have to be the tougher team on the court.
The Lakers are in! The playoffs are officially underway and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on the upstart Memphis Grizzlies.
After a disappointing win (can a win ever really be disappointing?) against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers have a lot to work on. What can Lakers fans look forward to seeing in this series against the Grizzlies? JC has the answers in this solo celebration of the Lakers having turned around a 2-10 start to the season.
The Lakers are entering the final 9 games of the season. 9 must-win games. Can they win them all? Heaven knows, but what we do know for sure is that J.C. De Leon will go over how The Lakers have looked lately, go over the schedule for the remainder of the regular season as well as look at the schedules for the teams hovering in that 4 through 12 range of the wacky Western conference standings. Enjoy!
A 2-10 start had even the most faithful fans fretting, but the Lakers—somehow, someway, through all of the injuries, bumps, and bruises—find themselves in the playoffs…and it’s happening without LeBron James.
Anthony Davis is flashing the dominance that we saw from him to open the season, Austin Reaves is really stepping into his confidence, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in Lakerland right now.
Join Ethan for a ride through the schedule to discuss what’s been, what lies ahead, and an emotional tribute from Pau Gasol as he watched his jersey be hung alongside Kobe Bryant’s to be immortalized forever more.