James Worthy

'Welcome to the Ball era': Lakers lose preseason opener, but that doesn't matter

'Welcome to the Ball era': Lakers lose preseason opener, but that doesn't matter

After a summer filled with drama, basketball served as a unifier for the Los Angeles Lakers organization.

Lonzo Ball’s preseason debut, specifically.

On Saturday night at the Honda Center, there was controlling owner Jeanie Buss, in a section across from the Lakers bench, making a rare preseason appearance, and a rare appearance at a game away from Staples Center at all.

Two sections over there was Jim Buss, who hadn’t made a public appearance with the Lakers since being fired as the team’s executive vice president, then joining his brother Johnny to try and oust their sister as the Lakers’ top executive.

Eight seats over, there was Magic Johnson, whose role as...

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