Back in Los Angeles and on the golf course, Jerry West (Jason Clarke)—the head coach of the Lakers—has a bit of a tantrum about the prospect of Johnson joining the team, threatening to quit if they end up fully signing him. Before snapping his golf club and storming off, we get a quick look into West's past as a former-Lakers player and one-time MVP. A hothead obsessed with winning, West is still unhappy with how his career went. Even though he won the MVP Award in 1969, won the NBA Championship in 1972, and even had his silhouette become the NBA's logo, it still wasn't enough to make up for not winning in the way that he wanted to.
In a Los Angeles salon, Lakers point guard Norm Nixon (DeVaughn Nixon) is chatting with the women there who ask him how Johnson will fit into the team as he's also a point guard. It eventually turns into a bit of an argument as the women complement Johnson and Nixon leaves the salon in a huff.
Another central member of the team, center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Solomon Hughes), is introduced, as we see him taking on an acting role in the movie, Airplane!. Later on, Nixon stops by to complain to Abdul-Jabbar about Johnson. However, he's not hearing any of it—literally, because he's blasting music in his headphones, eventually telling Nixon to hit the road.
Johnson finally arrives in Los Angeles with his father, Earvin Johnson Sr. (Rob Morgan), and the two quickly find themselves in a tense lunch meeting with Buss and Jack Cooke, where they (attempt to) eat some sand dabs. Johnson asks for a burger instead, along with Buss and Earvin Sr., as they do not love their meal. Cooke is visibly annoyed by this and declines the burger offer, stating, "I'm enjoying my sanddab."
Upset with the Johnsons and Buss for taking Johnson's side, Cooke tells Johnson that the Lakers can simply go with someone else because he's not technically signed yet. At this point, Johnson demands $600k; Cooke offers $400k instead, but Johnson keeps pushing for more money. Cooke suggests that Magic should take a few more years in college, and after he calls him "boy," Johnson decides it's time to leave the meeting entirely. Realizing that he's on the brink of losing his star player, Buss steps in and tries to smooth things over as his colleague isn't treating Johnson fairly.