Penultimate Lakers fan Chris Yeh returns to discuss Lonzo Ball’s excellent rookie performance and why the Lakers are in a fantastic spot. We also randomly discuss NBA players out of time in their eras. Tune in!
- Special guest Chris Yeh (@chrisyeh)
- Andres Alvarez (@nerdnumbers)
- Produced by Brian Foster (@boxscorebrian)
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Chris Yeh is an Angel Investor in Silicon Valley with years of experience in the tech scene. He’s co-author of the New York Times bestseller “The Alliance,” which I argue every NBA GM should have on their bookshelf. His new book “Blitzscaling” comes out in October, and you can already preorder it!
Ethan Strauss named the “Yay! Points!” thesis almost eight years ago. Donovan Mitchell is proof it’s alive and well. Chris elaborates that iso jump shooting is overrated as an NBA skill.
Lonzo Ball was already a better rookie than LeBron James early in the season. He’s only improved since then!
Donovan Mitchell is really good at taking a lot of shots. And people are impressed by this. He might have potential, he might be great one day. The idea he’s anywhere close to Ben Simmons right now is right out.
— Andrés Alvarez (@NerdNumbers) March 3, 2018
This may now be the most “popular” Tweet I’ve ever written that is liked by one of the athletes it is about.
Something we should stress: the goal of professional athletes is to make a living playing sport. As Jalen Rose noted: “give the people what they want!” (h/t Chris for that reference) Donovan Mitchell knows scoring will get him paid. So while we might be critical of his production, we can’t fault what he’s doing from an economic standpoint.
The NBA landscape is changing, with a premium being given for three-point shooters. We can’t help but think of players from other eras that would be completely different in the modern NBA. Chris brings up Drazen Petrovic. I’ve already talked the Dallas Mavericks with Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki. And, of course, John Stockton could have been Curry but with better defense!
Chris shouts out the incredible “Lakers Film Room” YouTube channel, which provides excellent analysis of the Lakers.
A sports metaphor that comes up on this show I love: Chris Paul is the Rickie Henderson of the NBA.
We talk how the Lakers have a fantastic young core (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma) ready for two max contract players, which they have space for this upcoming offseason. Our suggestion? LeBron James and DeAndre Jordan.
Remember when the Knicks signed Amare Stoudemire to try and entice LeBron James to join them? Here’s hoping the Lakers do better!
We talk Gasol vs. Gasol! Shockingly even at this age, Pau is still the better one.
Chris gives a fun tank throwback to Mark Madsen with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tune in for all that and more! Chris is one of the most knowledgeable Lakers fans you’ll ever hear, so it’s worth your time.
Seeya next week!