The stretch run of the basketball season is upon us, both in the NBA and the NCAA! The Lakers are sorting out the end of their roster and continuing to roll with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Clippers are quietly coalescing around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with a healthy roster, and UCLA is charging toward March Madness atop the Pac-12 standings. That gave Eric Pincus and Josh Martin plenty to talk about in the latest episode of Hollywood Hoops.
Our co-hosts tip off this week’s hour of local hoops chatter by breaking down how the Lakers arrived at having another spot to fill. Why did Troy Daniels get the axe, after arriving in Los Angeles with such promise as a perimeter shooter?
Eric and Josh then consider the pros and cons of the Purple and Gold’s top options for that last roster spot. Should the Lakers bring in JR Smith, a proven postseason shooter with the size and athleticism to (in theory) put up a fight defensively against the wily wings of the basketball world? Would Dion Waiters’ ability to create shots and get buckets be the best fit? Could Jamal Crawford be a difference maker fresh out of free agency?
On the heels of recent meetings with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Hollywood Hoops crew takes a closer look at the price LA paid for AD. Was the Lakers’ expensive package of picks and young players worth it? Would the Lakers have been better off letting Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart develop on their dime? With LeBron on the roster and a championship within reach, did they even have a choice?
Finally, Eric and Josh wrap up #HollywoodHoops by considering the cost of the Clippers’ plan to move to Inglewood, the source of the Bruins’ recent surge and Hamilton High’s performance in the LA girls’ championship game.
00:00 – Lakers Clear a Spot
18:26 – Dion? JR? Jamal?
34:09 – Old Young Lakers
45:30 – Clippers, Bruins and Yankees