Change has already come to the NBA this season, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers taking over the top of the Western Conference standings. But more sweeping shifts appear to be on their way, as well. The league’s owners are reportedly considering a makeover to the schedule—from fewer games and re-seeding the conference finals, to tournaments for a midseason trophy and the last spots in the playoffs.
As if there weren’t already enough to talk about on Hollywood Hoops! In this week’s episode, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin debate the merits of the NBA’s various scheduling proposals, and how each might (or might not) affect player health or the league’s bottom line. Would there actually be enough of a reduction in games to make it easier for players to rest and recover? Or could new events on the calendar actually INCREASE how much wear and tear the best basketball players in the world absorb?
Then, our co-hosts look closely at the recent winnings streaks put together by the Lakers and Clippers, respectively. Both have been star-driven, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis carrying the #LakeShow, and Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams hitting big shots for the Clips. But which of LA’s teams is better equipped to play lockdown defense and win close games?
Eric and Josh go on to compare two local players who seem similar on the surface, but are polar opposites in some key ways: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Patrick Beverley. Why is KCP so despised, despite shooting the lights out of late, while PatBev remains a fan favorite, even amid his own woes from outside?
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a proper episode of #HollywoodHoops without mentioning how Eric’s daughters are balling out.
00:00 – NBA Schedule Changes
17:41 – Lakers and Clippers in Crunchtime
33:55 – KCP Revisited
48:39 – Problems With PatBev