Magic Johnson and Brian Shaw discuss the Lakers at Trousdale Lounge party
Former Laker Magic Johnson, now a minority owner of the team, hosted a Lakers celebration party Monday at Trousdale Lounge in West Hollywood, and I managed an invite as well as scores of interviews with numerous celebrities. I'm on my way to exit interviews for most of the day, so the interviews from the party will have to wait. But interviews with Johnson and current Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw seemed too timely since part of our conversation entailed Phil Jackson's coaching future with the Lakers. (Kudos to business reporter Nathan Olivarez-Giles, who helped with shooting video).
Among the highlights from Johnson:
-- What it means for the Lakers to beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals
-- What a fifth ring, particularly against the Celtics, means for Kobe Bryant's legacy
-- Whether Jackson and/or Lakers owner Jerry Buss have followed up on Johnson's offer -- outlined to The Times' Mike Bresnahan -- that entails Johnson paying part of Jackson's salary out his own pocket.
Among the highlights from Shaw:
-- Memorable moments from this year's parade and seasons past
-- His take on Jackson's coaching future
-- Mark Medina
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