The NBA is still on hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that hasn’t stopped the Los Angeles Lakers from making headlines—and not necessarily for the most flattering reasons. The Purple and Gold were recently in the news for applying for, receiving and then returning $4.6 million in disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. (Yes, the Lakers—perhaps the biggest brand in sports, and among the most profitable and valuable professional franchises in the world—qualify as a small business, since they have fewer than 500 employees. Go figure.)
On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin explains the Lakers’ latest faux pas, including their consultations with the Mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti, on potentially reopening the UCLA Health Training Center to their players ahead of the hopeful resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season.
Aside from delving into the do’s and don’ts of what the Lakers have done during the pandemic, our co-hosts reflect on the WNBA’s moving tribute to Kobe and Gigi Bryant and the other victims of January’s horrific helicopter accident, and the implications of the aftermath of the Chicago Bulls’ “Last Dance” on the Lakers, with Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson moving on from the Windy City to sunny Southern California.
With the G League poaching UCLA’s most prized hoops recruit for its nascent Select Team, to perhaps be housed at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Eric and Josh consider the potential impact of the NBA’s new incubator for pre-draft-eligible talent on all aspects of the basketball world, from the possible threat facing the college game to the business opportunities that could emerge for the Association.
Is the NBA primed to take over all of basketball, from the grassroots to the shoots? Find out in the latest edition of #HollywoodHoops!
00:00 – WNBA’s Mamba Tribute, Phil After “The Last Dance”
18:40 – Lakers’ Reopening Plans
33:21 – Purple-and-Gold Giveback
44:48 – G League Selects a Bruin