From "The L.A. Lakers as a unifying principle" by Chris Erskine at the LA Times:
"It's the only thing the people can trust," Magic Johnson explained to me the other day. "They trust the Lakers.
"When I first got here, it was a Dodger town," Magic said. "We went on that incredible run, and the town changed and they fell in love.
"Now, when you think about it, all those young fans are parents now, and so we have a second generation of Laker fans.... And we owe it all to Dr. Buss."
Oh man, thanks for the reminder, Magic.