For the record, this is clearly just a rumor. However, when the son of Frank Zappa puts the words Phish and “whole night of my Father’s music” next to each other, well, let’s just say our interests are piqued.In a new interview with the Missoulian ahead of Dweezil Zappa’s upcoming performance at The Wilma, Dweezil Zappa was asked about how Frank Zappa would feel about the feuding between the Zappa siblings. The guitarist responded, “I think he would be horribly disappointed at how everything has been handled by my mom, and now my brother and sister… Phish can do a whole night of my father’s music, and they don’t get a cease and desist letter, but I do?”Phish has never done “a whole night” of Frank Zappa music in their career. Of course this is speculation, but really the only time it would make sense for them to do a night of Zappa’s music would be at their upcoming Halloween performance.The band is very strongly influenced by Frank Zappa; though only one song is officially in their repertoire (“Peaches En Regalia”), Jon Fishman released a Zappa Picks compilation album a few years ago. The band also strongly considered a Zappa album for their Halloween show in 1995, but, according to Phish.net, “insanely complex overdubs, potentially offensive lyrics, and several tunes (esp. “Watermelon in Easter Hay”) that Zappa had requested never be performed live again” caused the band to reroute their practices to The Who’s Quadrophenia for that show.Additionally, there is the timing to consider. The “cease and desist letters” didn’t become a part of Dweezil’s life until this year, so it stands to reason that this comment refers to something that has happened recently, as opposed to an older reference. Furthermore, the band’s decision to play on a Monday for Halloween must mean that they have something in store for the performance.On the other hand, Dweezil – who probably isn’t as nerdy about Phish stats as we are – could just be making a sarcastic comment to emphasize his point. Phish more or less swore off of musical costume sets when they broke from tradition with the Wingsuit set of 2013, and continued that new trend with their Chilling, Thrilling Sounds performance in 2014. While the Halloween show could be a Zappa tribute that doesn’t pick on a particular album, this could all just be nothing but the hopes and dreams of Zappa/Phish fans blowing a quote out of proportion.While we won’t really know until we’re handed a “Phishbill” on October 31st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, it’s certainly fun to speculate about what might be planned for that fateful evening. Until then, we have three nights at Dick’s and a whole fall tour ahead! See you there!
Yet, Brown has encountered a precarious position. The difference between an efficient performance (4-of-4 vs. Sacramento on Oct. 4) and a poor showing (1 of 5 vs. Denver on Oct. 7) could depend on how much a handful of shots go in the basket. He also has few opportunities to build a rhythm. “I’d be lying if I said I don’t think about it,” Brown said. “If you only get three or four shots, you want to make a good percentage. You know you’re not getting 15 or 20 where you’re evening it out. But at the same time, you have to let it go and let it fly.”Walton, who played as reserve in his 10-year NBA career, understands the difficult job description.“It is hard, especially for a shooter not to know how many shots you’re going to get or when they’re going to come,” Walton said. “Maybe you’re going to play or maybe you’re not. You have to always be ready. I think he’s done a good job. He never complains. He works.”Joking aroundThe Lakers used to feel frustrated with Nick Young’s defense. Now they have become so impressed, they have started to joke about his potential.His teammates have jokingly likened Young to other former and current NBA defensive specialists, including Bruce Bowen, Gary Payton, Dennis Rodman and Tony Allen. “He’s been doing a great job, but I don’t have any comparisons for him on defense,” Walton said. “I’m just happy he’s playing it.”Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. offered a warning, though. “If Nick ever stole a rebound from me, I’d trip him as we run up and down the court,” Nance said. “He knows better. Plus he can’t jump that high.” The positive reinforcement touched D’Angelo Russell, who feels emboldened as the Lakers’ leader. It assuaged Jordan Clarkson, who has accepted a bench role without complaint. It motivated Brandon Ingram, who has viewed his reserve role less as a demotion and more as a drive to improve.It turns out Luke Walton’s coaching approach has even extended toward players low on the depth chart. With second-year forward Anthony Brown facing inconsistency last season with his outside shooting, Walton has outlined one specific message. “Even if you make 50 in a row or miss 50 in a row,” Walton told Brown, “keep shooting it.”It seems highly unlikely Brown will have the luxury of experiencing such elation or agony. He averaged 3.16 points on a 46.6 percent clip in only 8.3 minutes per contest through six preseason appearances. Like in exhibition play, Brown will enter the Lakers’ season opener on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center fighting for playing time behind a prized rookie (Ingram) and a steady veteran (Luol Deng).“So there’s only so many minutes out there,” Walton said. “But he’s been very solid.” But after averaging four points on 31 percent shooting in 20.7 minutes his rookie season, Brown attributed Walton’s message toward boosting his relatively improved efficiency. “The biggest difference is knowing that it doesn’t matter if I’m not playing or I’m playing in the whole game,” said Brown, a former standout at Ocean View High School. “Coach still has the belief in me that I can shoot the ball.”Whether Brown can shoot the ball consistently this season will likely determine the significance of his role, let alone whether the Lakers will retain his two-year contract worth a guaranteed $2 million. The Lakers had selected Brown with the No. 34 pick in the 2015 NBA draft after shooting 41.1 percent from 3-point range his previous two seasons at Stanford. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error