“They found kindred spirits in each other and saw the game the same way!”

Magic Johnson’s legacy with the LA Lakers is one that has shaped and inspired the careers of modern basketball players. The Hall of Famer is one of the most decorated NBA players in league history.

The Lakers are commemorating the death of their owner, Jerry Buss, nearly a decade ago with the docuseries “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers.” Jeanie Buss, in an interview with “The Crossover NBA Show,” spoke about the relationship that existed between Dr. Buss and his superstar recruit, Magic Johnson. She said that with the docuseries, they wanted to reflect on the relationship they shared, which was unprecedented at the time.

She shared that their relationship was seen as unusual. But they both seemed to be on the same frequency that they saw and wanted to play the game the same way. Therefore, they were able to bring out the best in each other. That story and many more, she said, were captured in the 10-episode docuseries made in honor of Jerry Buss.

“It was unusual because they are very different people,” Jeanie Buss said. “Big age difference. But they found kindred spirits in each other and they saw the game the same way. They wanted to play it the same way and they brought out the best in one the other.

“And this rookie season they won a championship, which, you know, if you think about it now, how difficult it is, a new owner, a new coach and a rookie player all coming together and winning a championship. in their freshman year.”

Jeanie Buss shares Magic Johnson’s importance to LA Lakers after retirement

The LA Lakers docuseries,
The LA Lakers docuseries, “Legacy,” highlights Magic Johnson’s importance in franchise history.

Magic Johnson made his way into the NBA as the first overall pick in the 1979 draft, selected by the LA Lakers. He made his debut Oct. 9 in a road win over the San Diego Clippers. He had 26 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks, heralding his arrival in the professional basketball community.

The end of his rookie season would see him win the NBA championship in Los Angeles with a stellar playoff performance. After winning a total of five NBA championship titles with the Lakers, he became an inspiration to the franchise after his retirement in 1996.

Jeanie Buss referenced how Johnson’s return in 2017, his influence in luring LeBron James and leading the franchise to another championship win made a perfect story arc. She made the comments highlighting the importance of the 12-time All-Star in Lakers history.

“So you have this kind of Magic coming in 1979 and then coming back in 2017, helping the Lakers get back to championship level by getting the team back on track, bringing in a free agent like LeBron James,” Buss said. “So this is the perfect story arc…”

“Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers” also features LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, and more. The 10-part documentary is currently streaming on Hulu.

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