The Lakers organization opted to reach beyond the court for motivational speakers to speak to their youngest players about winning. So they brought in someone who’s been winning for a long time now.
The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson.
ESPN.com reports that The Rock joined younger Lakers Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brook Lopez in the film room, as part of their Los Angeles Lakers Genius Series, to explain what he does each morning to get his winning energy started.
The Rock walks over to the wall between a flat-screen television and a projector screen and places his right hand flat on it before knocking on the wall a couple of times.
Then Johnson rests his muscular back against the wall.
“This is what works for me,” Johnson tells everyone of how he starts every morning. “Excuse my language, my back is up against this m—–f—– … every day. It’s against this m—–f—– because that’s what I believe in, and when my back is against this m—–f—–, then there’s nowhere to go … but that way.”
Magic Johnson told ESPN The Rock was so effective, players changed their diets after spending time with him.
“The Rock came in and was so passionate,” Magic Johnson continued, as his eyes and voice grew more animated. “He really fired them up and got them going and [feeling] like, ‘Hey, I need to stay in this gym and do the things I need to do.’ [Dwayne Johnson] gave them the discipline. Making sure [to watch] what you put in your body. That was a big thing, too. Everybody changed their diets now — Lonzo changed [his diet].”
In addition to The Rock, industry leaders Elon Musk, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Olympian Allyson Felix took part in the Genius Series to impart wisdom and best practices to the younger crew.
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