With the Lakers and Clippers Slumping, Is it Time to Worry? (Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast)

‘Twas a couple days before Christmas, and all through the Pincus house, some opinions were stirring, with much basketball to figure out. Will the Lakers and Clippers bring even of their fanbases good cheer? Or will Los Angeles’ NBA squads be doomed by injuries in the new year?

Fresh off a trip to Las Vegas for the G League Winter Showcase, Eric Pincus and Josh Martin revisit the NBA’s ongoing business with some fresh perspective in the latest episode of Hollywood Hoops. Eric shares the scuttle he heard from scouts and executives around the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, while Josh checks in with his observations of Bronny James and Sierra Canyon from the Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman.

Then, our co-hosts consider the recent rough patches endured by the Lakers and Clippers heading into their Christmas Day matchup, and whether either team should be panicked going forward. Could the Purple and Gold be vulnerable in the Western Conference, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis both battling through nagging injuries? The Clippers aren’t exactly fully healthy themselves, but will their embrace of load management from the get-go and understanding of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George’s physical hurdles—along with superior depth—put them in a better position to succeed over the long haul?

Finally, Eric and Josh discuss the latest rehashing of the saga that led to Kawhi signing with the Clippers, and explain why Uncle Dennis’ reported demands may have left the entire league with a whole new series of headaches.

Come for the holiday fun, stay for the basketball insight on Hollywood Hoops!

00:00 – G League Winter Showcase
15:49 – Lakers’ Losing Streak
33:08 – Clippers’ Rough Patch
46:51 – Kawhi and Uncle Dennis


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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