EL SEGUNDO, California - The Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday were fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association for another violation of the league's anti-tampering rule after team president Magic Johnson recently praised Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reports that the National Basketball Association has fined the L.A. Lakers $50,000 for breaking the league's anti-tampering rule. In the interview, Johnson was very complimentary of Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo. This dude, he's going to put Milwaukee on the map.
These comments, while they may just seem like harmless praise from a former player are hurting the Lakers financially and giving the organization a bad image.
Magic went on to call Giannis "special" and "probably the greatest athlete we have in the league today" while putting him in the same class as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry in terms of his ability to fill seats in arenas. And then his understanding, his basketball IQ is off the chart.
Unlike the George situation, the NBA's decision to fine Johnson and the Lakers this time around is interesting. So when you think about all the skills that he has, block shots, rebound, can put the ball on the floor, can score, can assist, can make the pass.
But now, we're apparently supposed to question whether the Lakeshow even wants him in the first place. And also too, he's like the number one - he's right up with LeBron, with KD and Steph [Curry] as the entertainer.
When Magic Johnson took over as President of Basketball Operations, it came under the assumption he was ready to turn the team around.
Earlier in the season, the Lakers would face a fine of $500,000 for tampering with Paul George.
Johnson also drew a warning from the league before the George fine for insinuating on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that he would try to persuade George to come to the Lakers. "I don't know what the rules are, if you get fined for a compliment, you get fined for a compliment".
The Lakers and Johnson should know these rules as well as anyone.