26. Lakers Win Coin Flip, Draft Magic

Date: 6/25/1979

A simple flip of a coin was another fortuitous turn of events that furthered the Lakers reputation as a team of destiny. The top pick in the 1979 Draft came down to a call of heads or tails. The Chicago Bulls went with heads and lost the pick to the then New Orleans Jazz. However the Jazz were required to compensate Los Angeles after previously signing free agent Gail Goodrich. Included in their package of three draft picks was their first rounder in '79. The Lakers, of course, drafted Magic Johnson and then it was Showtime.