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  • Samantha Melbourneweaver
    Samantha Melbourneweaver Audience Engagement Director

    Thanks for joining us, everyone.
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    9:37 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Thanks for having me. Lakers in 5.

    9:36 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Thanks so much to all, especially Amy, Dan and Andre. You were a joy. Come back soon.

    9:36 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Huge huge thanks to everyone. I truly enjoyed it.

    9:35 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Bye! Kill those deadlines!

    9:35 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Thanks, everyone.

    9:34 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Thanks Andre and Amy

    9:34 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Good times during a lousy game...thanks everyone!

    9:34 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    Was fun everyone! Thanks for letting me crash! Goodnight from the east coast!!!

    9:34 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Thanks for inviting me to hang! It's been fun. Not the game. But this.

    9:33 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Lakers lose 109-98. Woof. That was ugly. Big questions postgame about Schroder, the lakers' shooting and for me, why only 15 minutes for Montrezl Harrell.

    9:33 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Cheers!!

    9:33 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Hey, look at that, they lost by only 11. #PositiveDylan

    9:33 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Well, Folks. Me and Dan have to get to work. Had fun. Until we meet again. Peace

    9:33 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Are there no adults in this room?

    9:32 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Quinn Cook and Alfonzo McKinnie have 25 percent of the Lakers' made threes

    9:32 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Nice try Dylan...No way

    9:32 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Not yet. But my AM will be epic! LMAO

    9:31 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    BT, you write even less than I do

    9:31 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Have you BT?

    9:31 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Oh wait, Dylan needs 2 days to file

    9:31 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Have you Dylan?

    9:31 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Have you filed yet, Woike?

    9:31 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Fun fact for my SHINING fans. According to his book, his hotel room in the bubble was 237.

    9:30 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Fun stat: 10 teams have won a game this year making 6 or fewer 3-point shots. The Lakers have two of those wins

    9:30 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Love Jared Dudley

    9:29 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    DUDLEY ON THE COURT. At least the game has a silver lining.

    9:29 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Interesting to see Bron and AD standing next to each other talking

    9:29 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    I try to go to a bunch of G league games when I'm in town. It feels like Devante gets every 50/50 ball. dude plays so hard

    9:28 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    He played so well in the Showcase if I remember (which, is the NBA event I'm going to miss most this year)

    9:28 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    He's probably the reigning G-League MVP without his stress fracture injury. We were a completely different team without him

    9:28 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I was thinking about the difference between Dame and Beal today...and it's like 25 regular season wins a year

    9:27 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    making the 2003 case for Shaq

    9:27 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Tell us more Dre

    9:27 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Dame can't even crack ASG starters...you're right...he's really ignored

    9:27 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    Devontae Cacok entering soon! Love him that is all

    9:27 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    making the 2006 Kobe case for MVP

    9:27 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    love Dame

    9:27 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Oh, yeah, Dame is balling

    9:26 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    should be getting more consideration than he will

    9:26 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    One is not like all the others here.

    9:26 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Embiid doesn't play enough for my money

    9:26 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    I feel bad for Dame. Hitting daggers on a nightly basis dragging that injured squad to wins.

    9:26 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Embiid, LeBron, Jokic?

    9:26 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Bron, Jokic, Steph

    9:26 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Bron, KD, Steph

    9:26 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    LeBron, Embid, Jokic

    9:26 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    new appreciation for him

    9:25 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Who is top 3 MVPs

    9:25 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    i felt the same way as Bill until this year.

    9:25 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Says here he's not even in top three

    9:25 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Steph! LOL

    9:25 PM
  • Chiming in from the editors' room with a hot take: I watch a lot of Warriors basketball and as a true homer I like Steph for MVP. That's all.

    9:24 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    35,000 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists

    9:23 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Bron still played 33 minutes, had 32 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists

    9:23 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    LeBron James' night is over - 32 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 33 minutes

    9:22 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Well, LeBron out of game

    9:22 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    I've always been a big Kuzma guy. He's frustrating because he's capable of so much. I'll always take guys like that and hope they figure it out over people who aren't capable. haha

    9:22 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Just missed an open corner 3 FYI

    9:22 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    My heart is warmer. Thanks everyone.

    9:21 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    How do you know that, BT?!

    9:21 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    And Dan and Bill didn't have fingers crossed behind their backs

    9:21 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    He's been wonderful...and he's been pretty good tonight

    9:21 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    in a very short span, that deal went from "hey got how much?" to "they kept him for how much?"

    9:20 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    in a very short span, that deal went from "he got how much?" to "they kept him for how much?"

    9:20 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Great point

    9:20 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    This has been the best basketball Kyle Kuzma has played as a professional, this last month

    9:20 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    LOL Amy

    9:20 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Before we never speak of this game again, it'd be nice to give Kuzma some genuine, unhedged compliments. People seem to never say nice things about him without their fingers crossed behind their back.

    9:20 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Please. Overule Klutch. LeBron is Klutch

    9:20 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Vogel needs to step in at some point and overrule Klutch and get LeBron out of there

    9:19 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    What does that mean for the playoffs?

    9:19 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Games like this are so hard to judge. The circumstances are so strange. Is this just "one of those nights?" Did we just prove that the Nets with Harden and Kyrie are better than the Lakers with LeBron?

    9:19 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Good ?

    9:19 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Why is LeBron still playing?!

    9:18 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Can we get Bron and Kuz out of the game please.

    9:18 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Marc Gasol just dove for a loose ball (led to a LeBron 3) and it sounded like an anvil fell onto the court

    9:17 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    I once saw a fan curse the Condor for blocking his view

    8:40 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    cursed object

    8:39 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    I'm a huge fan of Chuck the Condor.

    8:39 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Oh Helene. NO. Don't let the condor into your house.

    8:39 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Agree, Broderick Turner. I put on my Schröder shirt this morning before I knew he wasn't playing cause I figured he'd be integral

    8:39 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    hey we have a READER QUESTION: how seriously are the Lakers really taking the regular season?

    8:39 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Dylan Hernandez wants his joke back, None None

    8:38 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    None None They've had high points?

    8:37 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    With no Schroder, Lakers don't have enough offense for Nets

    8:37 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Back to Love and Basketball None None it's been so long, but that was a high-point moment in Clippers history at the time, yes?

    8:37 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    This one is slipping away...that's my expert analysis

    8:36 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Mark Price country

    8:36 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Joe Harris is reaching a Korver level of inevitability

    8:36 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    I have to say you can just say the words 'Teen Wolf' and I'll laugh every time, but affectionately.

    8:35 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    I miss the world that existed before Dylan was born.

    8:34 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Semi Pro underrated really funny

    8:34 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I loved the made-for-TV Pistol Pete movie

    8:34 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Hoosiers! Of course! Don't get caught watching the paint dry

    8:34 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Helene, I see that movie came out before I was born. Was that a silent film?

    8:34 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    No love for Uncle Drew?

    8:34 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Set shots aren't fun to watch

    8:34 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Wow, zero love in this room for Hoosiers. Tough crowd.

    8:33 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    No votes for The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh?

    8:32 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Blue Chips! Bless you, Andre

    8:32 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Jesus Shuttlesworth

    8:32 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    1)Hoop Dreams...2)One on One with Robby Benson..3)Love & Basketball...4)Blue Chips

    8:32 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    White Men can't jump

    8:32 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    Love Haysbert in Major League too! Basketball... Blue Chips, Above the Rim, Glory Road underrated

    8:32 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Teen Wolf. Movies rarely get the basketball stuff right anyways, so why not go absurd.

    8:32 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Haysbert wasn't bad as baseball player. Ha

    8:31 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    oooohhhhh, best basketball movies. Go!

    8:31 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    My favorite basketball movies, in no order -- Hoop Dreams, Hoop Dreams, Hoop Dreams, BASEketball

    8:30 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Dennis Haysbert in his second-best role....after All-State flack

    8:30 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Given that my co-host is a Clipper fan, I savored that the movie gets a good dunk on them

    8:30 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    You're in for a treat Dylan Hernandez

    8:29 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    I loved Love & Basketball...I need to check out that podcast

    8:29 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Won't lie: Never seen it

    8:28 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Goes without saying

    8:28 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Aw, thanks Dan! Safe to assume everyone in here is a LOVE & BASKETBALL fan?

    8:28 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    It's on my must-listen every week

    8:27 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Unspooled is such a fun show about movies, and just this week, Amy and her co-host, some Clipper fan named Paul Scheer, broke down Love & Basketball

    8:27 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Plug Amy's podcast

    8:27 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I want to quick plug Amy

    8:26 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Amazing story....here's a less amazing story...After that cover appeared, I ripped LeBron when his high school team played at Pauley for missing class..

    8:26 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    That's the story how LeBron got that cover.

    8:25 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    So Colson went out like he went in, NFG. He went with the Kid from Akron. The photo, by a similarly young and brilliant artist, Michael LeBrecht, was perfect. The story, by a twentysomething Grant Wahl, was outstanding. Colson did what all editors should do: he surprised and delighted SI's readers (with the notable exception of his super pissed-off bosses, but what were they going to do? Fire him?)

    8:25 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    But Bill Colson, the aforementioned managing editor, had gotten the job in 1996 because of a summer trial run when he went all out on memorable covers like calling on Miami to kill its football program and getting Dennis Rodman to pose for this cover.

    8:24 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    It was an obvious choice to be the following week's cover. SI loved, absolutely loved the Olympics and three teens rocking medals with some cover line like "Rad" or "Amplitude, Dude!" was getting 3-5 odds in Vegas. It was the obvious choice.

    8:23 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    That LeBron cover, now very famous, was intended as a middle finger on the way out the door by Sports Illustrated's managing editor (SI's top dog) at the time. It was in the midst of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City and snowboarding was a Thing, and it became a Bigger Thing when the U.S. men swept the halfpipe.

    8:22 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    None None Bonus points if you can change shirts four times in the retelling

    8:22 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    like Dan said today is 19th anniversary of his famous Chosen One cover.

    8:21 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Do tell boss!

    8:21 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    yeah I have a story? bit of a long one.

    8:21 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    I think we've lost Dylan

    8:20 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I think now is as good of a time as any for Chris to tell us a great LeBron story....today, Feb. 18, is the anniversary of LeBron James' first ever SI cover "The Chosen One"

    8:20 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Fun, except for having Dylan on. LOL

    8:20 PM
  • And a toast to you all for joining us this evening! Many thanks

    8:19 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Let's have a virtual toast for LBJ :champagne::champagne::champagne::champagne::champagne::champagne::champagne:

    8:19 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Getting to watch him day in and day out only makes him more impressive. Unreal.

    8:19 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    LeBron James is the fastest ever to reach 35,000 points in the NBA (28 games ahead of KAJ, 74 faster than Karl Malone)

    8:18 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    I agree with Dan's final five...they've all done it together under championship pressure

    8:18 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    And on his next shot he steals missed FT rebound...give LeBron MVP right now

    8:16 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    There's 35,000 points for LeBron James

    8:15 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Hahaha...I think she's in the drunk contest

    8:15 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Will Courtside Karen be at the terrible-idea All Star Game?

    8:15 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    This is my down the stretch 5 if I'm coaching. Kieff, Bron, AC, KCP, Kuz. 5 guys who know how to win together.

    8:15 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    LeBron has talked endlessly about loving having fans as an energy source.

    8:15 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    COURTSIDE KAREN!

    8:14 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    READER QUESTION: have any of you spoken to Lakers about what it's like to play in a building that allows fans, like Utah or Atlanta? do they feel playing in an empty Staples is a home court disadvantage?

    8:14 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    If the Lakers come back...and it's an if.... mark down that Kuzma save, Caruso snag and KCP three

    8:14 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    Honor coming from you sir!

    8:13 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    You had four 3s...legend

    8:12 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Some quick news from Staples...Wes Matthews back to the locker room. Looked like a right leg thing of some kind

    8:12 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    Lol I believe so! And if not, it sure did feel like it HAHA!!!

    8:12 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    I used to play in Staples when the stands looks like it does now (the LA D-Fenders of the G-League used to play their home games at Staples when I was witht the Utah Flash), you could count the number of fans. Much more of a practice environment feel. No homecourt advantage, in fact it probably works in the opposing team favor more. Empty gym for the home team

    8:11 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Andre, speaking of the 3-ball, didn't you outshoot Harden in your debut?

    8:10 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Andre -- I wanted to get your take on this because you've played in all sorts of crazy environments. How different is it when there are fans/no fans?

    8:09 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Harris is 4-5. all 3s of course

    8:08 PM
  • Andre Ingram
    Andre Ingram Former Laker

    Agreed on the AD take

    8:08 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    4-5 tonight....he gets such good looks

    8:08 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Has Harris ever missed?

    8:08 PM
  • Thanks Dan! Pleasure everyone! Nets... it's no secret I love the 3-ball. Just wish it was against a different team tonight smh!

    8:07 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Very nice, Amy. The headband makes it a classic.

    8:07 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Andre, you agree on Dan Bailey's assessment of AD our vs KD out?

    8:07 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Also, everyone, let's say hello to Andre Ingram....Andre, what do you think of these Nets?

    8:06 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Oh, AD being out hurts way more. Nets have scoring for days. AD does so much for them on both sides.

    8:06 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    To the reader....AD is a way bigger loss (at least in the short term). The best part of three stars is you can win with two stars when one is out

    8:06 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    KCP started season strong, not can't make a shot

    8:05 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    AC doing AC stuff at least.

    8:05 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    READER QUESTION: AD out, KD out. A wash? or one team hurt more than the other.

    8:05 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    My boyfriend got me into Mckenzie Caldwell-Pope's instagram. She influenced us to get matching versions of this shirt. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGAx4KiF7nl/

    8:05 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    KCP is back..but not same player as in bubble

    8:04 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Snaps me right back to high school

    8:03 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    The Lakers are 3-11 from three. Speaking of 311, Dan....Amber is a good song

    8:03 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Haha. Dude always bothering me too. Plas

    8:03 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    KCP hobbled off didn't he?

    8:02 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Video says it's KCP birthday. A good present would be KCP making a shot

    8:02 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Another great halftime show is watching BT schmooze Denzel

    8:02 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Nose balancing is an under appreciated art.

    8:02 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Oh no! I hadn't heard! My mood is now quick changed to sad.

    8:01 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Yep See.

    8:01 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Yep. He and his partner were my favorites. I still don't believe how they did it.

    8:01 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/*/id/22300960/golden-state-warriors-replacing-stolen-unicycle-red-panda-acrobat

    8:01 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Was just typing that up Bill, one half of Quick Change, David Maas died of COVID in Nov.

    8:00 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    I think k equipment stole. but Warriors replaced it I think

    8:00 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    I believe she did, someone took her unicycle at the airport.

    8:00 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    didn't Red Panda get robbed -- or am I thinking of someone else?

    8:00 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Sad news we lost the dude who changed clothes behind a curtain

    8:00 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Def. Red Panda!

    7:59 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    the legend

    7:59 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Red Panda!

    7:59 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Red Panda

    7:59 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    The halftime acrobat who balances plates!

    7:59 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    I was closer than Dan!

    7:59 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    I legitimately miss halftime acts.

    7:59 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Helene Elliott I'll go with Laker Girls are missed, along with the Human Jukebox, free tacos, and anyone who balances things on their nose

    7:59 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    11-1

    7:59 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    That's my guess

    7:58 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    They are 6-6 (because there are so few above .500 teams in the East)

    7:58 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    6-0

    7:58 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Free Times Lakers championship book for whoever guesses correctly

    7:58 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    13-4?

    7:57 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Your computer is always smoking because of your hot takes!

    7:57 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Just pulled up the handy NBA Trade Machine to cook up a Drummond trade for the Lakers and my computer just started smoking....that's how bad the options are

    7:57 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Anybody want to guess Nets record against teams above .500?

    7:56 PM
  • Samantha Melbourneweaver
    Samantha Melbourneweaver Audience Engagement Director

    If you're watching at home and want to send in a question for the group here, sign up for our text group "Full-Court Text" and shoot over a Q.

    https://www.latimes.com/sports/sign-up-for-full-court-text

    7:56 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Laker girls. Discuss.

    7:56 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    I wonder how many minutes LeBron plays tonight?

    7:56 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Nights like tonight you really miss the fans...every night really

    7:55 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Daniel Woike Broderick Turner you see any path for Drummond out West?

    7:55 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Harden doesn't survive that drive if Drummond is there

    7:54 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Now, they'll have to find shooters, but still

    7:54 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    So, a quick thing....did you see that last one-footed shot from THT. Plenty of upset people on the bench. That's a play where the Lakers want to see the ball swung out to the perimeter for a shooter

    7:53 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Broderick Turner I’d say add the Kings and Ducks but I don’t think Dylan has been to a game.

    7:53 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    7:53 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    None None I'm going "you don't know what you got til its gone" because the lakers are clearly missing the dude who makes their defense special.

    7:52 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Don't forget Lakers, Clippers, USC. UCLA...Cal State Northridge. Did I leave anybody out

    7:52 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    I have two children to feed, Helene Elliott. As much as Dodgers, Rams and Galaxy fans would like it, I can't afford to be fired yet.

    7:51 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Trying to think of a song thats both high scoring and super messy

    7:50 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Pleeeease, Dylan!

    7:50 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Oh, man, I have such an inappropriate answer to None None's last question ...

    7:49 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    (we'll give you time?)

    7:49 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    READER QUESTION: Dan Bailey, what would be a good theme song for tonights game and why?

    7:49 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Quinn Cook getting playing time early for Lakers

    7:48 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    What coach told you that, Dan? You can tell us. It's a private chat

    7:48 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Trey Kirby would call that the double teapot

    7:48 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Also, THT minored in ranching at Iowa State

    7:47 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Daniel Woike feels like the shooting comes back to earth, but they've got to sharpen up those closeouts

    7:47 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Anybody else think that with AD out, LeBron needs to actually play less minutes and preserve himself? Seeding doesn't matter, reg. season doesn't matter, with no AD Lakers aren't getting but one home series anyway, and with no fans that's not a factor..

    7:47 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    During those Lakers' practices, the guys who weren't playing a lot of minutes would scrimmage, and he was just killing. Dominating games, hitting shots, dishing passes. And one Lakers coach leaned over to me at one point and said "That m--------- might start for us next year."

    7:47 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    THT worked hard on his body in GLeague with South Bay Lakers and then kept working on body when NBA shut down

    7:47 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    I have a question for that reader. Back then, did THT still rest his hands on his lower back like an old rancher surveying his cattle? I love that pose.

    7:47 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    So, the big THT moment came in the bubble...

    7:46 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    READER QUESTION: I watched THT play in college. Different position, different body, not a guard. Where did this transformation come from?

    7:45 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    OK, so 1st quarter over, Lakers down 31-24. Brooklyn shooting 57.1 percent, 55.6 from three. Bench out-scoring the Lakers' bench 9-0. What's everyone think?

    7:45 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Can't wait to see what awesome steal THT does in the next quarter to make up for that bungled dunk

    7:44 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Tell that reader Lakers need Drummond....sorry BT

    7:44 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Drummond has better chance to get bought out than Blake

    7:44 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    So does Blake

    7:44 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    The Griffin talk has generated a followup question. READER QUESTION: Any chance Drummond gets bought out

    7:43 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Did anyone ever get to the bottom of Harden's weight loss? What do we think of the fat suit theory?

    7:43 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I wish Blake Griffin had stayed healthy. Alas....

    7:43 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Dylan ripped the Clippers for the Clipper Curse when they were UP 3-1

    7:43 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    THT definitely knows its a national game.

    7:43 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Dylan with the dagger!

    7:42 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Damn!

    7:42 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    I've been waiting all season for one of those giant orange coolers to come off the bench in garbage time

    7:42 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I

    7:42 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Now there's our Dylan!

    7:42 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    If we're sharing school stories, I went to OU and would be thrilled if these rumors about Blake joining the Lakers were more than a duststorm

    7:42 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I think Philadelphia has the best chance, but they're an even worse shooting team than the Lakers right now. (Wow Dylan. Wow)

    7:41 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Philly is big. But can Steve Nash out coach Doc?

    7:41 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    As long as Doc doesn't go up 3-1 in the series ...

    7:41 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I'll handle Bill's question first, as a way of me deferring to his dominance

    7:41 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Insults incoming!

    7:41 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Who's gonna beat the Nets? Doc's team?

    7:40 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Hey, Dan, you still haven't explained why Plaschke's destroying you in fantasy basketball.

    7:40 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Look at the big brain on Dylan. Dropping hoop knowledge.

    7:40 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Hey, World B Free went to my high school! John Salley too. And the guy who invented Starbucks.

    7:40 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Helene has many, many more connections to the Knicks...one giant connection!

    7:39 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Fom Brooklyn? Probably means you're a huge Father John Misty fan

    7:39 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Plaschke's on his own there. Irving and KD made of glass, and team still has to show it can play defense consistently. Of course the Nets can make the finals, but no way they're a lock.

    7:39 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Didn't know that. So are you a Nets fan?

    7:38 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am from Brooklyn. Born and raised. Way before it became trendy.

    7:38 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    BT!

    7:37 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    love that, if DS is out, let him cook with the 2nd unit.

    7:37 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Speaking of crowds, we've got Andre Ingram in here. He's played in front of crowds of all kinds of sizes. Dre, what's it like when the gym is empty?

    7:37 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    early THT minutes.

    7:36 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Yes it is HOF

    7:36 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Oooh. A shot at Dylan!

    7:36 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    @U1CGRR27K your are somewhat famous for the conviction behind your opinions, but was somewhat surprised nonetheless how unhesitant you were to proclaim the Nets the East finalists? Does everyone feel this way?

    7:36 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    @U1CGRR27K you are somewhat famous for the conviction behind your opinions, but I was somewhat surprised nonetheless how unhesitant you were to proclaim the Nets the East finalists? Does everyone feel this way?

    7:36 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    But me and Dan are PROS!

    7:35 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Try covering these games Dylan

    7:35 PM
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Dylan Hernandez Columnist

    Even on TV, so weird watching a game like this in front of no crowd. Feels like a scrimmage on NBA TV.

    7:34 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Ugh

    7:34 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    He's pretty frank, Frank

    7:34 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Yes Vogel does talk that way

    7:34 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Following up on my question, Daniel Woike and Broderick Turner does Vogel always speak like that?

    7:33 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Following up on my question to Dan Bailey, Daniel Woike and Broderick Turner does Vogel always speak like that?

    7:33 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    I did, but now that you put me on the spot. haha

    7:33 PM
  • Amy Nicholson
    Amy Nicholson Independent Film Critic

    Speaking of hair, has anyone read Jared Dudley's new book about life in the NBA Bubble? It's a great read, but not one mention of Rondo's brother Will, who ran the Bubble Barbershop.

    7:33 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor
    7:32 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Kuzma's three-point shooting is so important to this team. Even though this team has been terrible from deep (under 30 percent during their last eight games), I asked Vogel if they should be shooting even more. His answer was "Yup."

    7:32 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Dan Bailey, thanks so much for joining us. I just need to know....Do you have elite confidence in your decision to join us tonight?

    7:32 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Nice Amy

    7:31 PM
  • Space Jam 2 can't be any worse than Kuzma's last haircut

    7:31 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    LOL Plaq

    7:31 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    I’m taking Osaka.

    7:31 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    I'm never betting against Brady again

    7:30 PM
  • If he keeps nailing threes, I'm all for it.

    7:30 PM
  • I

    7:30 PM
  • Dan, glad you brought up Kuzma's new do.

    7:30 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    I know who Dylan is picking.

    7:30 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Big welcome to Amy and Andre -- so excited to have both of you. First question for Amy, how bad is Space Jam 2 going to be?

    7:30 PM
  • Daniel Bailey
    Daniel Bailey Drummer, Father John Misty

    Starter Kuz > not starter Kuz

    7:30 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    And who you got, Osaka or Brady?

    7:30 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    I will be reading HOF.

    7:29 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    To the reader's question -- James Harden isn't selfish on the court really, he's always been a willing passer. It's just that his style has always been the dominant force. On a team with KD and Kyrie, he's got to be more versatile.

    7:29 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Haha. No The Clippers don't need this Blake!

    7:29 PM
  • Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott Sports Columnist

    Just finished a column in advance of the Jennifer Brady-Naomi Osaka Australian Open final. Did I miss any foot faults by the Lakers?

    7:29 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Clippers need Blake more, but dude wouldn't even shake Ballmer's hand, so that's not happening

    7:28 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I think black uniforms are slimming

    7:28 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    READER QUESTION: What do you think of the Harden transformation?  My respect grew for him when those 3 play together . He sacrificed the most I believe and is showing what a truly great player he is

    7:28 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    And Blake is owed about $75 million next next two season. Would be nearly impossible. Now if he gets a buyout that's different

    7:27 PM
  • lol. Feels like even just a dude who can give you 6 fouls, and make guards fear that a big is lurking.

    7:27 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    DB - you're an accomplished NBA2K GM -- how does it get done?

    7:27 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    My man Dan

    7:26 PM
  • Feels like they need an athlete at the front of the rim, armchair GM style

    7:26 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I think we should ask Dan -- what do Lakers fans want and are they right/wrong for wanting it?

    7:26 PM
  • The Blake Griffin of seven or eight years ago maybe.

    7:26 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    But he's a big Big!

    7:26 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    He's slow. Can't dunk or defend.

    7:25 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    I really don't see this team making a "big" trade. They already made their move -- it was for Dennis Schroder. Now the buyout market....they'll be active

    7:25 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    Why would they want him is the better question?

    7:25 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    A little harder question, which I toss at our Lakers insiders Daniel Woike and Broderick Turner Is there any way lakers can trade for Blake Griffin ?

    7:24 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    No fatal flaw if AD plays...still would be nice to see them add a big...Andre Drummond anyone?

    7:24 PM
  • Broderick Turner
    Broderick Turner Staff Writer

    It's about marketing Bill. What can I say

    7:24 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    I hate these blue Lakers uniforms...that's not even their colors!

    7:23 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    The big news early here is Kyle Kuzma's haircut. The first question I want to throw out to everyone is an easy one. Does this Lakers team have a fatal flaw?

    7:22 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Game on. We have a lot of great questions we'll get to shortly. Ask liberally.

    7:21 PM
  • Bill Plaschke
    Bill Plaschke Columnist

    Kevin Harlan on the call...he's the best...a really good guy too

    7:21 PM
  • Ok. James Harden is defending Marc Gasol

    7:21 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    That I'm somehow worse in fantasy basketball than in reality basketball speaks to how bad of a year I'm having.....and we're off

    7:21 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    The Stone household is deeply steeped in the Nets.

    7:21 PM
  • Dan, shouldn't you refer to Plaschke as your Fantasy Basketball Daddy?

    7:21 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    And big thanks to Brooklyn Nets insider and LA Times sports editor Chris Stone for driving this ship

    7:20 PM
  • Yeah Dan

    7:20 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    We've got Lakers legend, one of the best stories in the last decade, Andre Ingram joining us. Representing the voice of Lakers' fans, I asked film critic and "Unspooled" host (one of my favorite pods) Amy Nicholson and my friend, Father John Misty drummer, Dan Bailey to join us.
     
    And, we're so lucky to have so many amazing voices at the Times who have seen so much basketball. Our amazing columnists Dylan Hernandez, Helene Elliot and Bill Plaschke are here. So is the man, the myth, the legend, BT, Brad Turner

    7:20 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Game hasn't started yet so y'all can go on mocking Daniel Woike for his fantasy hoops skills.

    7:20 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Some quick intros....

    7:20 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Welcome again, all. We've moved to a new, improved Slack channel.

    7:19 PM
  • Samantha Melbourneweaver
    Samantha Melbourneweaver Audience Engagement Director

    Hi, everyone. Welcome to our first ever Lakers live chat, brought to you by the Times staffers behind Full-Court Text!

    7:18 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Bill, we can start with the obvious question: what odds would you lay that these two teams face each other in the Finals?

    6:53 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    We are joined by Bill Plaschke, the Times' eight-time APSE Sportswriter of the Year. He comes, as always, armed with answers and opinions. Welcome, Bill.

    6:45 PM
  • Samantha Melbourneweaver
    Samantha Melbourneweaver Audience Engagement Director

    Have questions about the game? LeBron? AD? Kevin Durant? What it's like to tour with Father John Misty? Send them our way over on Twitter at @latimessports and the group will answer right here in the chat.

    6:40 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Lakers three-point favorites, up from two earlier.

    6:33 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Seems a little low. It's the Nets.

    6:32 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Over/under tonight, per William Hill Sportsbook is 230, down from 237 earlier.

    6:31 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Dan and I have been chatting on our virtual backstage and I'm going to go on the record and say that we have a LeBron story that will be worth the price of admission alone (and yes we realize the price of admission is free).

    6:11 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    Dan and I have been chatting on our virtual backstage and I'm going to go on the record and say that we have a LeBron story that will be worth the price of admission alone (and yes we realize the price of admission is free).

    6:11 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Some notes on the chat -- The way it is like this: Make sure you’re signed up for Full-Court Text, and once you are, just reply to that number with any questions/comments and we’ll do our best to get them to our panelists – as we’ve got some fun ones. Former Lakers guard Andre Ingram can take us inside the lines. Superfans Amy Nicholson, host of one of my favorite podcasts, Unspooled, and drummer Dan Bailey, who plays with Father John Misty, will share their perspectives. And there’s the Times sports staff, with our columnists and the legendary Broderick Turner, who will all be chiming in.

    6:10 PM
  • Samantha Melbourneweaver
    Samantha Melbourneweaver Audience Engagement Director

    If you’re eager to get more insider intel from Dan, sign up for his group chat service “Full-Court Text.” It’s a lot like this conversation but you get to join in.
    Here are more details: https://www.latimes.com/sports/sign-up-for-full-court-text

    6:09 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    And, in some breaking news, there's no Dennis Schröder tonight either , as he's a late scratch because of the NBA's COVID health and safety protocols. That could mean A LOT of different things (a positive test, an inconclusive test, possible exposure etc.) We should have more details on that later.

    6:03 PM
  • Daniel Woike
    Daniel Woike Staff Writer

    Hey everyone, welcome to the LA Times live chat for Nets-Lakers – a game with some of the biggest stars in the league despite some of the biggest stars in the league not playing because of injury! That’s how crazy it is that LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden are on these two rosters.

    6:00 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    (I should add that is tonight is the one-year anniversary, to the day, of my first meeting with my co-host Daniel Woike . We had eggs in a Chicago hotel lobby bar. He complained about the editing of a long Kobe story that was running that weekend. Happy anniversary, bud.)

    5:46 PM
  • Christian Stone
    Christian Stone Executive Sports Editor

    I'm Chris Stone, the Times executive sports editor and co-host of tonight's live chat. The regular season can be a slog and mid-February is typically as sloggy as it gets in the NBA. But this week at Staples, there's a real whiff of summer, when the games really matter. The Clips are going back-to-back with Jazz (and how many casual fans out of 100 would guess Utah has the league's best record?) and those matchups sandwich tonight's Lakers-Nets game, a potential Finals preview. We have some great guests who have plenty of knowledge and opinions to drop throughout the course of the evening, so please liberally toss your questions our way.

    5:42 PM