As last week's episode left things off on a bit of a mic drop moment with Jerry West's resignation from his position as coach for the Lakers, we're now thrown into the after-effects.
As Jerry Buss screams at West for abandoning the team just a few weeks before training, all the screaming in the world seems to be no match for West's determination to leave the team. He just doesn't feel he's suited to lead the Lakers in the direction that Buss is looking for, and with that, Buss needs to set out and find a new coach—and fast.
In Lansing, Michigan, Magic Johnson is finally packing up for Los Angeles. Though his mother is still upset that he's leaving, she makes him promise to never forget where he came from. "Couldn't forget if I tried, Mama," Johnson says.
We switch gears over to Patrick James Riley (Adrien Brody), a former NBA shooting guard and champion, who's trying to get into the Forum to speak with the Lakers about a job opportunity. Also in the office, Buss has his eyes on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas coach, Jerry Tarkanian (Rory Cochrane), though his other colleagues feel that Tarkanian doesn't have a good enough reputation to be the coach.