It was NBA Draft Day 1986.
The Lakers were coming off a five-game playoff loss to the Ralph Sampson-led Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics were the newly-crowned World Champions. Things seemingly couldn't get much worse at the Forum—but they did.
In that morning's Los Angeles Herald Examiner, columnist Doug Krikorian reported that owner Jerry Buss had agreed to trade James Worthy to the Dallas Mavericks for Mark Aguirre and Roy Tarpley. It was a panic move consisting of equal parts stunned frustration from losing to the Rockets and anger that the Celtics once again ruled the NBA. Magic Johnson and Aguirre were best friends and Johnson had been pushing Buss and GM Jerry West to get the small forward with the big derriere to the Lakers. Tarpley was the prototype NBA big man of the 2010's—but thirty years ahead of his time. On paper, it looked like a shrewd move for the Lakers, picking up one of the game's best forwards and a big man to prepare for life after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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