Lakers Outsiders
Anthony Davis has brought hope back to the Lakers

Anthony Davis has brought hope back to the Lakers

December 6, 2022

Donny McHenry (@donny_mchenry) and Raj Chipalu (@RajChipalu) hop on another episode of the Lakers Outsiders podcast to talk about how they always believed in this Lakers team (don't look at the title of our most recent episode that came right after the loss to the Pacers).

We talk about how Anthony Davis has -- again and again lately -- reinvigorated that belief of ours in the team. We also talk about trades, specifically, if we are having any second thoughts about parting ways with Russell Westbrook. We talk about the overabundance of guards on this team as a result, with discussions of Patrick Beverley's continued poor play to follow.

Running out of hope for the Lakers

Running out of hope for the Lakers

November 30, 2022

After a little Thanksgiving week break, the Lakers Outsiders podcast is BACK! We return at an inopportune time, following a heartbreaking loss to the Pacers that came via a buzzer-beating, go-ahead 3-pointer.

Donny McHenry (@donny_mchenry), Raj Chipalu (@RajChipalu), and Chris Walton (@HoopeFiasco) start diving into this game by talking about how they act at home during these down-to-the-wire types of Lakers games. After that, they then (begrudgingly) start talking about their immediate reactions to seeing Andrew Nembhard's 3-pointer go through the hoop.

To close, they discuss their level of hope in this team -- Westbrook trade or no Westbrook trade -- before giving their predictions on how the upcoming road trip will go for the Lakers. 

Back to the Lakers rumor mill…

Back to the Lakers rumor mill…

November 9, 2022

The Lakers are 2-8. You know what that means... time for reports and rumors from the media!

Donny (@donny_mchenry), Raj (@RajChipalu), and Walt (@HoopeFiasco) discuss these recent rumors, including the fact that the Lakers are getting more "prudent" with their first round draft picks they can trade in light of the terrible start as well as the fact that they may have their eyes on a mystery "bigger piece" in return for Russell Westbrook and those aforementioned picks.

Other than that, well, the fellas sort of lose their marbles while trying to figure out what to talk about given it feels like we're in a never-ending loop of this type of news.

What to continue, what to change for the Lakers

What to continue, what to change for the Lakers

November 2, 2022

After the Lakers won their first game of the season, Donny (@donny_mchenry), Walt (@HoopeFiasco), and Raj (@RajChipalu) talk about the positive aspects of the team that they want to continue seeing moving forward, as well as the things that still need to change even with the recent success on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

This shouldn’t be about Russell Westbrook anymore

This shouldn’t be about Russell Westbrook anymore

October 25, 2022

Russell Westbrook took an ill-advised mid-range jump shot in the closing moments of the Los Angeles Lakers' 106-104 loss on Sunday vs. the Trail Blazers. The topic of conversation is now centered around him yet again, however, Donny (@donny_mchenry) and Walt (@HoopeFiasco) really saw no point in focusing on him for the 1000th time over the past year. Instead, they rant about the most powerful decision-makers with the franchise. Specifically, they discuss how they need to take control of their team by making the toughest decisions, decisions they'd like to have us believe they have the capabilities of making.

Holiday season Westbrook trade for the Lakers?

Holiday season Westbrook trade for the Lakers?

October 20, 2022

After a disappointing season opener against the Warriors, Donny (@donny_mchenry) and Walt (@HoopeFiasco) discuss whether they are more worried about the Lakers' offense or defense moving forward.

Before that, they discuss the most recent report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that states the Lakers are waiting until after Thanksgiving -- around the 20-game mark -- to see if any other trade scenarios open up to them to finally deal Russell Westbrook for something they deem suitable. The two talk about whether this is a smart strategy or not, as well as the numerous factors that go into evaluating the decision.

Anthony Davis starting at the five? Finally?

Anthony Davis starting at the five? Finally?

October 11, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, Donny McHenry (@donny_mchenry), Chris Walton (@HoopeFiasco), and Raj Chipalu (@RajChipalu) discuss the news of Lakers head coach Darvin Ham indicating that the idea of Anthony Davis starting at center is under heavy consideration.

They then talk about who will fill the final roster spots on the team after Matt Ryan had a breakout night on Sunday against the Warriors. After that, they finish by discussing the announcement of Rob Pelinka's contract extension that happened over the week.

First thoughts after Lakers start preseason

First thoughts after Lakers start preseason

October 5, 2022

Donny (@donny_mchenry), Walt (@HoopeFiasco), and Raj (@RajChipalu) get together to discuss the Lakers' first preseason game against the Kings on Monday. The Lakers lost by 30, however, nearly all of that damage was done in the second half when LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook sat. The three podcasters discuss what they liked from the three basketball players while also talking about the good things Kendrick Nunn and Wenyen Gabriel did as well.

Lakers Training Camp Preview with Jason Timpf

Lakers Training Camp Preview with Jason Timpf

September 22, 2022

Media day is on Monday, September 26th with the Lakers' training camp set to start the day after. To preview the upcoming season getting its unofficial start, Donny (@donny_mchenry) is joined by Hoops Tonight host Jason Timpf (@_JasonLT) to preview what will need to be looked at as training camp develops.

We discuss a few things that will need to get figured out before and after the team's first preseason game on October 3rd, including what Darvin Ham will need to do with all the roster's guards, if Russell Westbrook should come off the bench, and more.

Lonnie Walker IV with Pounding the Rock’s Noah Magaro-George

Lonnie Walker IV with Pounding the Rock’s Noah Magaro-George

September 15, 2022

In this podcast, Donny McHenry (@donny_mchenry) is joined by "Pounding the Rock" writer and "Alamo City Limits" podcaster Noah Magaro-George (@N_Magaro). Noah has covered the San Antonio Spurs the past few seasons, so he came on to help us get to know new Lakers signee Lonnie Walker IV a little better.

We discuss Lonnie's frustration with playing time in the final game of his Spurs tenure, his 3-and-D potential (or lack there of), his off-the-court work including his own charitable foundation, and more.

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