MARTIAN'S MINUTE: June 17, 2019



So, you know how I was going to have that new intro? Yeah, I've gotta work the next two mornings which means I have to crank these out as fast as possible when I wake up. I've yet to really discover what I'm good at, maybe it's false hope. That being said, happy Monday!


HOOPS


AD is (finally) a Laker


first of many woj bombs this summer

It finally happened! The AD trade request fiasco dominated headlines around the All-Star break and trade deadline this season, and with the offseason just starting and the draft approaching quickly, they started to rev up again. LeBron is turning 35 in December and while I'd still consider him the best player in the league, his window to win another title is starting to close. I'd like to think it's two to three years. The youth around him, especially Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, was promising but he has to win now, so acquiring a top-4 (?) talent in AD was a necessary move. With the injuries to Klay and KD during the Finals that are supposed to keep them out for pretty much the entirety of next season and the vast uncertainty surrounding a number of top-talent free agents, the Western Conference seems wide-open for the taking.


LA now only has five players under contract heading into the offseason so this gives them a chance to completely build a new roster around LeBron and AD. They kept Kyle Kuzma, a solid young scorer with a cheap contract, and should be in a prime position to sign a big name. I'm really hoping that Kyrie Irving decides to re-join LeBron and get a few more rings, but things won't start unfolding for two more weeks. I need the season to start now. Also, hopefully the Lakers can sign shooters, unlike last year.


The Pelicans are about to be one of the most fun teams in the league. Jrue Holiday and Lonzo are going to be a nightmare defensively, and Zo tossing lobs to Zion is going to be biblical. I'm still convinced that BI is going to be an All-Star caliber player and I'm excited to see how the former young Lakers unfold on their own team in NOLA.


TV


HBO Sunday nights are a one-two punch



As I've already mentioned, Big Little Lies is my favorite show on TV right now. Last night's episode kind of tore just about every character's lives apart, so waiting a full week for the next one feels like torture. The writers have done an awesome job so far taking the Monterey 5's storylines in new directions without any previous material to rely on, and Meryl Streep continues to grow more mysterious, and terrifying, by the scene as Mary Louise. If you want to hear more in-depth thoughts on BLL, make sure to tune into Big Little Gas, our pod on the show.


Following BLL was the series premiere of Euphoria, created by Sam Levi