Inside his office at Dodger Stadium, two weeks before embarking on his first playoff run as a manager, Dave Roberts picked up his phone and dialed a man who delivered four titles to Los Angeles.
Pat Riley was expecting the call. Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ vice president and chief marketing officer, had connected the two.
Roberts grew up in San Diego watching Riley’s Lakers. Now he spent about 20 minutes soliciting advice from the sideline maestro of Showtime.
“A lot of it is continuing to do what you’ve done and counting on that,” Roberts said after a workout at Nationals Park on Thursday, a day before Game 1 of the Dodgers’ National...