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Get to know the NBA's first female scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin

Larry King NowApr 28 '17

Former Laker's scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin plays a special game of 'If You Only Knew,' revealing to Larry the one player she wishes she'd brought to Los Angeles, why she'd like to switch places with Jane Goodall for a day, and more!

Larry King: Okay we play a little game of If You Only Knew.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Uh-oh.

Larry King: I just throw some questions at you.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Okay. [Chuckles]

Larry King: I like the bracelet.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Thank you.

Larry King: Proudest accomplishment.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: I guess being the first female scout in the NBA.

Larry King: Best piece of advice you ever got.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: To have thick skin and your integrity means a lot.

Larry King: Worst piece of advice.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Oh gosh, worst piece of advice. That’s a tough one, Larry, can we go back to that one? [Chuckles]

Larry King: Yeah, it’s not a court.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: [Laughs]

Larry King: Place we’ll find you on a day off.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Dog park with my dogs.

Larry King: Sport we’d be surprised you’re a fan of.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Horse racing.

Larry King: Me too.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Are you?

Larry King: Oh.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Oh yes.

Larry King: Hey I lived at Hialeah Gulfstream.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Me and my dad, we own racehorses.

Larry King: You do?

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Yes. And I go to the Derby every year, and I love it.

Larry King: This year’s a pretty interesting crop of-

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Well it’s open field now, it’s going to be kind of tough, I don’t know-

Larry King: Rosario rode a horse in the Florida Derby, no, the Wood Memorial.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Oh, what’s that one-

Larry King: War something.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Yes, that’s one to look at. And the classic Empire-

Larry King: Oh yeah.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: But we’ll see.

Larry King: Current favorite NBA player.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Current favorite NBA player would have to be Kevin Durant. Or Steph Curry.

Larry King: I love Isaiah Curry.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Oh god. What happened to him recently is-

Larry King: Chris Paul.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Yeah, Chris Paul, yeah.

Larry King: What a wonderful player.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Yeah, he is.

Larry King: He’ll stay with the Clippers cause they can’t—he maxes out his salary.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Remember he was almost going to be a Laker?

Larry King: Laker. But once you can max it out, how can they top that?

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: You can’t. No, they can’t.

Larry King: Pick to win the NBA Championship.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: This year? I’m going to go Warriors.

Larry King: No kidding.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: [Laughs]

Larry King: Biggest pet peeve.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: People who hate animals.

Larry King: Player you wish you’d brought to the Lakers.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Uh.

Larry King: Is there a college kid you wanted them to draft, and he went somewhere else?

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: I’m trying to think, so many years that I—I’m trying to think who’d be someone that I—Drew Williams.

Larry King: Biggest misconception about being a professional cheerleader.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: That we’re airheaded, stupid, and don’t know the game.

Larry King: Something you wish you were better at.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: I wish I could sing. I can’t sing at all. [Laughs]

Larry King: Person you would like to take to lunch.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Oh gosh. Jane Goodall.

Larry King: What is she doing? She’s still with her animals? You’re an animal lover.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Yeah. Big animal activist, I love her. I think-

Larry King: Jane still goes to Africa?

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Yeah, and saving the monkeys, I just think she’s so inspiring, so I’ve always really loved her.

Larry King: What kind of dogs you have?

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: I’ve got three rescues, one that I rescued from China, because they eat the dogs over there, so I brought one back from China, and then two, one was in the Puppy Bowl and one from the shelter, and then three cats. And horses too, I rescue horses.

Larry King: Three dogs and three cats? They get along?

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Sometimes. [Laughs]

Larry King: Person you’d like to switch places with for a day.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: Angelina Jolie. I love her.

Larry King: Cause you want to spend a night with Brad Pitt.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: [Laughs] No, she doesn’t-

Larry King: I know, but it doesn’t matter.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: No, I just love her. I just think she’s amazing, beautiful inside and out.

Larry King: Bonnie-Jillin 10 years.

Bonnie-Jill Laflin: I hope to be owning a sports team, even if it’s a little bit, a little minority share.

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