A: It's very fun. Sometimes it's hard to take off my "Laker fan" hat. I make no apologies for the fact that I grew up a Laker fan, and I'm still a huge Laker fan. But sometimes you've got to go on the air and say, "They're playing terrible tonight. They look awful, and that's the story."
The guy who convinced me that's what you've got to do is [the late Lakers broadcaster] Chick Hearn. Chick would say, "John, you grew up here, so it must be fun covering the Lakers. Remember though, you've got to tell the truth." We owe a debt of gratitude to Chick, because he made it OK to tell the truth.
Chick used to get yelled at by Jack Kent Cooke, the old owner of the Lakers. He would say, "Mr. Hearn, you said nothing nice about my Lakers." And Chick would say, "It's 28 to 4! What nice would you like me to say?" So Chick kind of gave all of us a free pass to tell it like it is, and that helped a lot.