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Pete Zayas

  • 43 minutes 56 seconds
    Green Machine

    The Celtics capped off a dominant season with #18. The guys discuss their rivals moving ahead in the title chase, how they got there by leaning into an identity on both ends, and what the Lakers can take from it as they build toward next season.

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    19 June 2024, 8:31 pm
  • 38 minutes 59 seconds
    2024 Draft Preview, Part 2

    In part 2 of a two part pod on the 2024 NBA draft for the Lakers, special guest Mike Garcia continues his conversation with Pete & Darius on whether it might make sense in this draft to buy an addition second round pick and how potential draft picks, including Kevin McCullar, Isaiah Crawford, Anton Watson, Ryan Dunn, Tristen Newton, Oso Ighodaro, Jaylen Wells & Bronny James, could help the Lakers.

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    17 June 2024, 3:41 am
  • 52 minutes 13 seconds
    2024 Draft Preview, Part 1

    With the NBA draft approaching later this month, Darius & Pete are joined by Mike Garcia, as they discuss intriguing draft prospects potentially available for the Lakers, including Ron Holland, Dalton Knecht, Tristan da Silva, Jaylon Tyson and bigs Zach Edey, DaRon Holmes II, Yves Missi & Kel'el Ware & how they could help the team.

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    14 June 2024, 3:55 am
  • 54 minutes 2 seconds
    Jerry West

    The NBA and the Lakers family has lost a legend with the passing of Jerry West. Pete, Mike, and Darius pay tribute to and celebrate the man, the player, and the executive, highlighting his impact on the Lakers and the NBA over the course of his incredible six-decade long career. 

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    12 June 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 36 minutes 19 seconds
    Hurley's Decision

    Dan Hurley has decided he will stay at the University of Connecticut and not become the next Lakers head coach. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the news, offering their initial reactions, the vacuum of the news cycle and the public nature of the negotiations, and where the team goes from here. 

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    10 June 2024, 9:18 pm
  • 42 minutes 52 seconds
    Expanding Horizons

    The Lakers are reportedly interested in hiring UConn head coach Dan Hurley for their head coaching position. Mike and Darius discuss the report and offer their initial thoughts on Hurley as a candidate, the transition from college coaching the NBA, the nature of NBA reporting and news breaking, and much more. And then later, the guys offer their last thoughts on the NBA finals before Thursday's Game 1. 

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    6 June 2024, 8:27 pm
  • 43 minutes 51 seconds
    Fit & Continuity

    In the wake of the Lakers' mid-season moves catapulting them to the Conference Finals last season and the Mavs making a run to the Finals after making similar trades this year, Pete, Mike, and Darius explore team building through the lens of fit vs. continuity. They debate the types of role players that most help you win, striking the right balance between skill and playing with force, and how Anthony Davis' unique skill set matters when considering how to build out a roster around him.

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    4 June 2024, 7:43 pm
  • 43 minutes 52 seconds
    Finals are Set

    The NBA Finals are set with a matchup between the Mavericks and the Celtics. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the series, highlighting the challenges both defenses will face defending elite perimeter talents, Kyrie Irving being an x-factor for Dallas, Boston's floor spacing and their bigs' ability to space the floor, and much more. 

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    31 May 2024, 8:01 pm
  • 39 minutes 14 seconds
    Getting Through 82

    Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the different avenues to build out a roster for the 82-game grind of a regular season, examining the "2nd draft" strategy the team has used to acquire former lottery level talents, chasing size vs. going after guards and wings, the need for a backup big, and how rookies fit into this idea -- including the possibility of this year's #17 pick in the upcoming draft.

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    30 May 2024, 7:16 pm
  • 46 minutes 30 seconds
    Two Big Lineups

    Pete, Mike, and Darius use the Timberwolves Game 4 win over the Mavericks as a jumping off point to consider two-big lineups, how the Lakers can lean more into that identity next season, and why Jarred Vanderbilt's role in these types of lineups can be critical to their success defensively while also needing to be accounted for offensively by what schemes the team is running. And then later the guys pay tribute to Bill Walton in the aftermath of his passing away this week. 

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    29 May 2024, 6:18 am
  • 41 minutes 16 seconds
    Coaching Search, Pt. 3

    Pete, Mike, and Darius check-in on the Lakers coaching search, discussing the candidacy of JJ Redick, why experience can come in many forms and to what degree lack of head coaching experience matters in this search, and what leadership qualities they're looking for in a candidate. And then later the guys discuss defensive philosophies and the importance of a candidate's approach on that end to their success in the Lakers job. 

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    24 May 2024, 10:17 pm
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