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How did the “Ballers” pilot episode set-up the central conflict

The tagline for HBO’s new half-hour show "Ballers" is “Legends Don’t Retire. They Reinvent,” but the major conceit of the Dwayne Johnson vehicle comes in a line of dialogue from a seemingly insignificant character to Spencer Strassmore (Dwayne Johnson) in the opening act of the pilot: “Go out there and figure your shit out.”