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How excited is Rob Pelinka about the potential of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 2017 draft class that he saw in summer league?

“It’s kind of like if you go on YouTube and you think about Taylor Swift when she was 16 years old (playing) her first song,” the general manager explained on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday. “It’s her guitar, it’s her in a little studio, and you watch it and you listen to it and you say, ‘Wow, this is going to be a special thing to follow and a really cool narrative to unfold.'”

Pelinka sees some of that early T-Swift magic in this year’s No. 2 pick, Lonzo Ball, as well as No. 27 pick Kyle Kuzma and No. 30 pick Josh Hart. If the Lakers’ young core, including previous blue-chip prospects Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, can combine for as many All-Star appearances as Grammys Swift’s won since breaking onto the scene a decade ago – 10 – Pelinka will be a happy man.

“I think it’s going to be a really cool phenomenon to watch unfold, much like the trajectory of a young artist that develops,” Pelinka said.

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After weeks of speculation, the Los Angeles Lakers confirmed the hiring of former agent Rob Pelinka as the team’s new general manager Tuesday.

Pelinka represents the first major front-office hire during Magic Johnson’s tenure as president of basketball operations.

As an agent, Pelinka represented some of the game’s biggest stars, including Kobe Bryant, MVP candidate James Harden, former MVP Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Chris Bosh, and Carlos Boozer.

Bryant voiced his support for Pelinka on Twitter.

No one knows the business of basketball more than @robpelinka. I wish him & the Lakers much success as they bring winning bball back to LA.

The Bryant connection is intriguing considering Johnson once said that his first call – if given control of the Lakers – would be to the franchise legend.

The Lakers hope Pelinka can follow in the footsteps of Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers, a former agent who went on to put together one of the most talented NBA teams ever assembled.