As Dr. J palms the ball in his right hand and majestically soars toward the basket, lowering the ball below his waist from behind the backboard before lifting it again and kissing it off the glass on the left side, Landsberger all but fades from view.
"He hung up there so long," Landsberger says, "I was already down by the time he got to the other side."
Landsberger's time with the Lakers played out similarly.
Presaging the blue-collar sidekick role later made famous by Kurt Rambis, Landsberger mostly blended into the background as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes took starring roles at the dawn of the Lakers' "Showtime" era.
A 6-foot-8 reserve forward, the former Arizona State star helped the Lakers win championships in 1980 and '82 while forging a reputation as a relentless rebounder.
"I was a guy with not a lot of athletic ability," Landsberger notes, "but I had a great nose for the ball."
That should have been enough to keep him on an NBA roster for years, he says, but he frittered away the opportunity.
"I could have done a lot more, but I was too wild," Landsberger, 55, said from his home in St. Cloud, Minn., where he lives with his elderly parents and works as an oven operator at the Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. "I partied too much. Those were wild times in the NBA. ... And, being honest, I was just too wild chasing girls."
Released by the Lakers in 1983 — after a third NBA Finals appearance — Landsberger was out of the NBA a year later and played his last nine professional seasons overseas: six in Italy and one each in Greece, Spain and Argentina.
"I was happier once I went to Italy and could play 40 minutes a game," he says. "It's not like the NBA, but I enjoyed playing. I was a starter. I wasn't the third or fourth wheel."
That, of course, was never the case with the Lakers.
Landsberger, who led Allan Hancock College of Santa Maria, Calif., to the state community college championship in 1974, was a second-round pick of the Bulls in 1977.
In February 1980, he was traded to the Lakers.
"That was a blessing,
Three months later, at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, he watched Erving fly past in Game 4 of the Finals.
"That was an unbelievable move," Landsberger says. "Magic said it was the best move he'd ever seen."
Landsberger has fonder memories of the last two games of the 1980 Finals, specifically Abdul-Jabbar's grit in playing through an ankle injury in Game 5 and, in Abdul-Jabbar's absence, Johnson's well-documented all-around brilliance in Game 6.
"His ankle was as big as a baseball," Landsberger says of Abdul-Jabbar. "But he played that fourth quarter — on one leg, really — and that showed me what kind of heart that guy had. I don't think any player would do that today."