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The state of basketball in LA: LeBron, The Lakers, and the superstar-less Clippers




LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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The Los Angeles Lakers ended on a high note in October taking over the Dallas Mavericks on Halloween. But last week was a different story.

According to reports, Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations, met with coach Luke Walton last Tuesday after the team’s sluggish start to the NBA season. Lakers star LeBron James appeared frustrated after a 124-120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves but, according to reports, he did not raise concerns over Walton’s handling of the team.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers has survived the death punch schedule. When the NBA released the Clippers schedule back in August, some fans were taken aback. The schedule featured several difficult stints against serious playoff contenders. But the team proved to be better than expected. Analysts say it helped that most of those early games were at home and Clippers opponents looked weaker than they seemed a few months ago. Now we have to wait and watch. 

How far do you think these teams will go? And what do you think of their performance so far? Call us at 866-893-5722 and weigh in.

Guests:

Tania Ganguli, reporter covering the Lakers for the Los Angeles Times; she tweets @taniaganguli

Andrew Greif, Clippers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @AndrewGreif

Dan Woike, national basketball writer for the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @DanWoikeSports