With Paul George Readying a Return, Will the Los Angeles Clippers Eclipse the Lakers? (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

If you thought the Lakers and Clippers were scary before, just wait ’til you see what LA’s teams look like this week! The Clippers are expecting Paul George to make his debut alongside Kawhi Leonard and company during the team’s two-game road trip against the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers, meanwhile, have Kyle Kuzma back in the fold, with a jump shot that’s soon to follow.

All that said, it may be some time before the Staples Center co-tenants look anything like their complete selves. On this week’s Hollywood Hoops, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin explain why the Lakers and Clippers figure to remain works-in-progress—and why that’s hardly a bad thing for their respective chances at NBA title contention. Our co-hosts take a close look at the pros and cons of PG’s recovery from double shoulder surgery compared to his past injuries, and what his return could do to shake up Doc Rivers’ rotation. They also pick apart the “controversy” surrounding the rise of “load management” in the league, and why fans in LA—of all places—should be on board with the concept after the way Kobe Bryant’s final few years turned out.

Then, Eric and Josh consider the upside the Purple and Gold have yet to tap into, given their slow start offensively and Anthony Davis’ ongoing bumps and bruises. Finally, they ponder LeBron James’ recent comments about the plight of young players participating in AAU basketball, with a nod to Eric’s first-hand experience while supporting his daughters in club competition.
It’s all the LA basketball talk you could ever want (and then some) on Hollywood Hoops!

00:00 – Clippers With Paul George
14:56 – Kawhi, Kobe and Load Management
31:38 – Lakers’ Upside
45:44 – LeBron on AAU Basketball


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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