Should the Lakers Start a Now-Healthy Avery Bradley or Stick with KCP? (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are both rolling through the 2019-20 NBA season, but they’re not the only ones finding success on the basketball court in L.A. The Hoosiers, too, have something to celebrate—the ones in Cheviot Hills, not Indiana. On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus breaks down how the girls team he coaches at the local park took home the title, despite entering the playoffs as the last seed in the league.

That update still leaves plenty of room for talk about professional hoops, including a look in on the MVP race. The Milwaukee Bucks look to be the best in the Eastern Conference and, thus, perhaps the biggest threat to either L.A. team bringing home the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2020. So, too, could Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s reigning MVP, block LeBron James or Anthony Davis from seizing the Maurice Podoloff Trophy at next year’s NBA Awards. What case would the Lakers’ stars have to make against the Greek Freak?

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper episode of Hollywood Hoops without at least a shoutout to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Eric and Josh wonder whether KCP is long for the starting job, or if he should look over his shoulder now that Avery Bradley is on the mend? And with Rajon Rondo in and out of the lineup, do the Purple and Gold have the requisite guard play to keep their bench humming?
Last but not least, our co-hosts consider the Clippers’ clear sense of urgency over this season and next. The concern that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George could both bolt the team in two years is one thing. But given his injury history and current need for maintenance, could Kawhi’s health be the bigger ticking time bomb for this squad?

Find out all that and more in the latest edition of Hollywood Hoops!

00:00 – Pincus Championship, LeBron or AD for MVP?
15:27 – More MVP Talk, Avery or KCP to Start?
28:33 – Rondo and Lakers’ Playmakers
45:02 – Clippers Maintaining Kawhi’s Health

Co-host of Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Bleacher Report while serving as capologist for NBA TV and Basketball Insiders. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, @EricPincus.

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