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Essential California: Don't bet against Magic Johnson turning the Lakers around

Essential California: Don't bet against Magic Johnson turning the Lakers around

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, June 26, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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On Ball and Magic

The Lakers selected UCLA star Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the draft. This comes after a swift change in leadership that left Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations. In all, it’s led to some optimism around a team that’s been flailing of late. Times columnist Bill Plaschke says that...

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