As we return to 1979, owner Jerry Buss is trying to figure out what's going on in Coach West's head. As West complains about not having been able to craft a team capable of winning in the past few years, Buss finally gives him an open door, allowing him to have complete control over who's on the team.
With no constraints on money, West now has to figure out exactly what this new team structure will look like. Buss then attends a shindig for a bunch of the other NBA team owners and has a quick chat with the most famous (and rude) of them all: Boston Celtics general manager and legendary coach, Red Auerbach.
We cut back to Lansing, Michigan, where Magic Johnson celebrates with his family and friends, except his mother is still unhappy that he's moving on without finishing college. In an effort to win her over, he decides to buy her a new bathtub, though she sees right through his plan.
Apparently, West has been holed up in his room for days, wracking his brain around what he should do about the team. Bill Sharman (Brett Cullen) finally shows up and has to come in through the window to talk to West, who's lying on the floor. He's able to talk some sense into him and releases him of the vision that Magic has to be the point guard—he can put Magic anywhere; after all, he is the coach.
At the Lakers' office, Buss' daughter, Jeanie, (who also works in the office as an assistant) has accidentally let Frank Mariani take over 20 years worth of budget documents from the office, which greatly upsets Claire Rothman. Promptly after this, Rothman marches over to Buss to address the budgets, and he eventually asks her to take on more responsibilities by trying to book the arena (The Forum) every day of the year. Later on, Rothman hosts a pitch meeting to figure out different ways to bring in revenue. Still, when Jeanie offers up a good suggestion, she's shot down by Rothman as punishment for letting the budget documents be taken.
After his meeting with Rothman, Buss brings the documents to his mother, Jessie (Sally Field), who works as an accountant. Though fairly unhinged in her personality, she's not happy with the documents and thinks that her son is in over his head.