Hollywood Hoops is back in 2020! The new decade is barely a week old, but there’s already been tons to keep track of across the NBA. Former NBA commissioner David Stern’s passing brought out remembrances from across the basketball world. The approach of the February 6 trade deadline has rumors flying from coast to coast. And while the Lakers and Clippers assess who’s available on the market and what assets they have in their stockpiles, there appears to be a game-changing free agent waiting for them right in their backyard. Eric Pincus and Josh Martin get into all that in the first Hollywood Hoops of the new year.
Our co-hosts tip off the latest episode by discussing the life and legacy of David Stern, including his enduring impact on the Lakers and Clippers. His support of Lakers legend Magic Johnson helped to change the broader conversation around HIV and AIDS in the early 1990s, and his intervention in the Chris Paul trade back in 2011—for “basketball reasons”—almost singlehandedly shifted the balance of power in Los Angeles for the better part of a decade.
Then, Eric and Josh get into the news of the present-day NBA: the trade market. They consider Kyle Kuzma’s value, who else the Lakers could include in a deal to make the salary math work and why we may have to wait until right up to the deadline to see some real action take place. Our co-hosts dissect the rumors swirling around the Sacramento Kings, with Bogdan Bogdanovic as the focus, and consider some other names who might be on the Lakers’ radar, based on need and money.
Eric and Josh close out the show by turning their attention to a surprise-but-familiar free agent: Darren Collison. The former UCLA star is reportedly eying a return to the NBA, after sitting out free agency this past summer in order to focus on his faith. Will DC be the sharpshooting playmakers the Lakers need off their bench? Or will the Clippers, who could also use some support at point guard, bring CP3’s former understudy back into the mix?
Find out all that and more in the latest episode of #HollywoodHoops!
00:00 – Remembering David Stern
12:49 – NBA’s Trade Season Heat Up
27:10 – Kuzma and Bogdanovic
49:17 – Darren Collison’s NBA Return