The Lakers are not yet past the point where president of basketball operations Magic Johnson’s mere presence is noteworthy.
He traveled with the Lakers to Oklahoma City and things changed.
We’ll start there in today’s five takeaways from Friday night’s 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
1) The first thing Johnson’s presence has done is inject a sense of urgency into the Lakers. D’Angelo Russell feels it, even though Johnson has repeatedly talked about keeping the Lakers’ “young talent” together and developing them. Russell said having Johnson and pending new General Manager Rob Pelinka around makes it feel like coming to a new team. Nick Young added that...