Laker Film Room Podcast: Kyle Kuzma Struggling to Start Season

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In this episode of the Laker Film Room Podcast, Pete and I talk about Kyle Kuzma, his struggles start to the season, and try to get to some of the roots of his issues and what he could be doing better.

In talking about Kuzma’s return from injury, we also discuss differences between issues that are related to missing training camp, preseason, and the start of the regular season and issues that might be inherent to Kuzma and things he’ll need to “grow out of” or areas where he can mature as a player — particularly to be part of closing lineups on a defensive oriented team that has championship aspirations.

Related to this, we also discuss the balance that needs to be struck when trying to deploy and optimize Kuzma; that there are certain elements of his game that you’re just going to have to live with because the upside of what that can bring you is so great. This particularly applies to Kuzma being, as Pete called him, a “bucket getter” and how that scorers mentality informs ideas like shot selection.

After talking Kuzma, Pete and I then answer some mailbag questions from our Patreon subscribers. Those included questions about whether LeBron and AD should take games off for “load management”, what the Lakers can do to improve their offense, whether switching should become a more regular part of the team’s defense, and more.

You can listen to the full discussion below.

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Laker Film Room Podcast: Feels Like One of Those Years

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In this episode of the Laker Film Room Podcast, Pete and I talk about the Lakers 6 game winning streak and some of the characteristics this team is showing that remind us of some of the really good Lakers teams of the past.

This pod covers a lot of ground as we get into different traits both of us are seeing, but a couple of the key ones highlighted are resiliency and defense, both of which have shown up in several of the Lakers recent wins during their current streak. We particularly highlight some of the comeback wins and poise in close games the team has shown while getting into LeBron’s defense and how important it’s been when adding that to what the team’s big men and guards have brought to the table.

Later in the pod we also get into whether there are things we are seeing which give us pause and question whether the ceiling of this team is truly at the championship contender level or if they may actually be closer to a 2nd round or conference finalist team. A couple of the areas raised here are shooting and wing defense and how this could all be impacted further by how the long term rotation plays out.

Overall, this was a good discussion and reflects how we’re both feeling about the Lakers during what’s been a fantastic stretch of play to begin the season. I hope you’ll enjoy this one as much as we did. You can listen to the full episode below or wherever you get your podcast downloads.

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Podcast: thoughts on VCU’s season opener with Ed Nixon, Mat Shelton-Eide

We’re joined by Mat Shelton-Eide and former Ram Ed Nixon on this podcast episode where we discuss VCU’s season opener win against Saint Francis. Ed gives us a look into the mindset of game 1, and how he felt about the team and its progress so far. Also, video highlights of Game 1 against Saint …

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