The NBA trade deadline ended on Thursday, but I have more interest in The Incredible Machine PC game (what a classic) than I do the NBA trade machine. However, this week also saw the Los Angeles Lakers shake up their front office to provide fans a similar smile to that of one of the new hires, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
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- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of the death of the intentional walk (2:19).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Can Magic Johnson save the Lakers? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest was Greg Kester, the co-founder of LakersOutsiders.com and a contributor for the SB Nation Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll. Greg’s got a solid pulse on the Lakers and was able to help rundown the recent firings and hirings in their front office and discuss what’s next for the future of the team.
- You can follow him on Twitter @garykester. The interview starts at the 11:15 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
How he once moved out of the way of Laker Julius Randle (11:47), what made him decide to cover the Lakers (13:02), if there was a moment that started this downward spiral (14:21), if the firings of Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak and hiring of Magic Johnson was surprising (16:40), if Jeanie Buss waited too long to make the move (18:48), how important it will be for the front office to be on the same page (20:43), the hiring of Rob Pelinka (23:13), the trade of Lou Williams (25:47), how the Lakers might attack free agency now (29:07), if Lakers fans can start getting excited about the team (33:01), if Luke Walton will be around for the long haul (35:04), if Phil Jackson will try to get back with Jeanie to get back in LA (36:56), what to hope for the rest of the season (37:38) and where we can find his work (39:42).
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Kyle Cicilioni previews the Academy Awards and runs down the favorites to win at the Oscars, with the help of a resident NEPA expert (41:25). You can follow Kyle on Twitter and Periscope and find some of his work at ajazznetworks.com.
- “Good Try, Good Effort” recognized the highs and lows of NBA All-Star Weekend (48:18).
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