In the West, there are a lot of pretenders. The Lakers weren’t going to win even with Magic, who was too slow. The Rockets have somehow made Hakeem Olajuwon a liability. It had been a long time since the president sat down with a network anchor. I was pleased with how generous he was with his time. We got about 45 minutes and he was really engaged on a number of issues he doesn really get to talk about. Chess…