On Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Magic Johnson broke down how he pulled off his latest trick — bringing LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson, the president of basketball operations for the Lakers, definitely had a good story to tell about making his case to James, a 14-time NBA All-Star. But Kimmel was more interested in what many casual fans were undoubtedly wondering about as well: LaVar Ball.
When Kimmel asked Johnson if he spoke to Ball, the attention-hungry father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, to make sure it was OK to sign James, Johnson could only laugh.
“I would have called you first before I called LaVar Ball, trust me,” Johnson said to Kimmel, much to the delight of the audience.
If LaVar and his outlandish claims aren’t impressive enough for a phone call with Johnson, who is? For starters, longtime Laker fan Denzel Washington, according to Johnson. When pressed about who else made calls, Johnson’s response was, “Everybody” — until Kimmel pushed a little harder.
“Everybody but the pope,” Johnson clarified with a smile.
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 on ABC.
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