"The first time I met
Apparently in June 1979, Johnson didn't believe he was going to stay long with the Lakers.
"He told me matter-of-factly that he appreciated being drafted by the Lakers but that he was only going to stay for three years because he wanted to go home to Michigan and play for his hometown team – the
Her natural reaction was panic, but she attempted to hide it from Johnson -- racing upstairs to pass on the devastating news to her father.
"My dad didn't bat an eye. He told me, 'Jeanie, don't worry. He may say that today, but the first time he puts on a Lakers' uniform and steps out on the Forum floor, he is never going to leave.'"
Johnson went on to win five titles with the Lakers, finishing with three
The Lakers aren't likely to be so lucky with their pick Thursday. A player of Johnson's caliber comes around once in a lifetime.