Episode 7 of Winning Time left us off in a bit of confusion as it wasn't totally clear if Jerry Buss would be keeping on Paul Westhead as head coach of the Lakers.
The beginning of this episode starts off with Buss making an apt comparison between him and the first runner to clock in a mile under four minutes, Roger Bannister, who wasn't even a professional runner but was instead a doctor of neurology. Even though it had been deemed that a mile under four minutes couldn't be done, Bannister went ahead and tried it anyway: "The only real limitation wasn't in the body—it was in the mind," Buss said of the accomplishment.
Westhead applauds the team for their current first-place standing and starts to ramble off on a Shakespeare quote when the team hits him with a round of shaving cream in celebration of their wins. Right as this is occurring, our old, battered friend, Jack McKinney, walks in the room, taking just a bit of the attention away from the current scene of chaos.
Afterward, the three coaches have a drink together and it's pretty clear that McKinney feels left out of all the new traditions, especially the one that includes Westhead and Riley counting their number of game wins, excluding the ones that McKinney had made prior to his accident. McKinney starts slamming them for almost all of the decisions that they've been making in his absence, including making Spencer Haywood a bit of a punching bag on the court. Oh, and this all regardless of the fact that the Lakers are number one in their league.
McKinney also drops a tiny tidbit of information on them: he has decided to start traveling with the team in order to prepare for his return to coaching. In addition, he'll be giving Riley the boot once he's back in as head coach, which does not sit well with Westhead. Not only do Riley and him have a good repartee going, but Riley left his commentating gig to take on this job.