Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle and Taylor Swift all have something in common, according to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.
Pelinka and Magic Johnson took over the basketball decision-making for the Lakers and since they came into their roles, they have not been out of the news. The Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball, they traded D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets and somewhere in there rumors about LeBron James and Paul George connection to the Lakers have surfaced. It’s been a relative busy first year for the duo.
The Lakers current roster does not have a big name All-Star on it but they have high hopes to bring one in, possibly two. Instead, they have a multitude of young prospects and nothing but time to spend on them. The development of those players is at the top of the Lakers to-do list but how they go about might not be as conventional as others. It sounds like Pelinka wants his team to progress like pop star Taylor Swift.
Rob Pelinka was recently on a guest on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ and he was asked about the Lakers development process.
“It’s kind of like if you go on YouTube and you think about Taylor Swift when she was 16 years old, maybe putting her first song. It’s her guitar, it’s her, it’s in a little studio, and you watch it and you listen to it and you say ‘wow, this is going to be a special thing to follow and a really cool narrative to unfold.”
Wait. Seriously. You listen for yourself.