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Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka to represent Lakers during draft lottery drawing

Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka to represent Lakers during draft lottery drawing

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson will be the public face of the team during next month’s draft lottery.

Johnson will appear on the lottery show that will be broadcast on May 16. The actual drawing for draft positioning will happen off camera before the show. Each team will have a representative observe the drawing. The Lakers will have general manager Rob Pelinka backstage, the team said.

This year’s lottery is particularly important for the Lakers. They finished the season 26-56, with the third-worst record in the NBA. That gives them about a 47% chance to win a draft pick in the top three during the lottery.

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