Yesenia Maldonado watched the DVD her coach let her borrow last year.
The disc chronicles what might be called a magical time in Los Angeles sports history, albeit a time before the Estancia High senior was even born.
It all started with the 6-foot-9 point guard who's the subject of "Magic Johnson — Always Showtime." He was the best player for the Los Angeles Lakers in that "Showtime" era, leading them to five titles in the 1980s.
"I never realized how tall Magic was," Maldonado said. "I watched it and I saw all those crazy passes, but I saw how much a tall point guard can do. You can rebound, can shoot, can get steals, not just bring up the ball. It did inspire me."
Eagles Co-Coach Xavier Castellano wore out the same "Always Showtime" VHS cassette tape when his father, Miguel, gave it to him as a child. He said he gave her the DVD because he wanted Maldonado, the Eagles' tallest player at 5-11, to understand those advantages that come with her size.