Ah, look where we're at: it's opening day for the NBA on October 12, 1979, and we're looking behind the scenes as the Forum prepares itself for its big day. Claire Rothman is having security hand out a thousand tickets to scalpers and Jerry Buss is coaching the dance squad, though he ends up making the choreographer walk out by the end of the session. Rothman wants Buss to step back, but it's proving to be tough to contain him on one of the hugest days of his career. So basically, everything is a mess.
Frank Mariani calls over Buss to address the fact that Buss didn't tell him about the little ownership switcheroo with his wife, Joann. At this point, Frank has really had it with things not being up to Buss' standards and finally calls him out on it; he also hands him a stack of papers, calling for a dissolution of their business partnership. So, the mess is even larger now.
We're back hanging with Abdul-Jabbar at his place in Bel-Air, where he's praying, reading the newspaper, and drinking some orange juice just as he likes it. It turns out that his finances aren't doing as well as he thought, so it's likely he'll have to sign an extended contract, which he isn't too happy about.
While Jack McKinney is rolling through some old tapes of Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson shows up to the practice gym early to get some shots in. Though McKinney is pleased that he's showing up early to work on his game, he gets very frank with Magic and expresses his disappointment in how he hasn't taken charge of the court—in short, he was expecting a bit more from the man with "Magic" as his nickname. McKinney lets Magic know that Abdul-Jabbar was wondering when Magic would take over, which spurs him to have a bit more confidence. Though how much of that statement is true, I'm not so sure; it could just be a ploy by McKinney to make Magic step up to the plate.
Later at practice, it's fairly clear that Abdul-Jabbar is sick of playing hard, as he's not even bothering to follow his team to the other side of the court during drills. Oh, and he doesn't seem too fond of Magic in the way that McKinney was making him seem. Jerry West busts into the end of practice in full fishing gear ("It's trout season," he says) and tells McKinney that he has Spencer Haywood available for the team.