Lakers Fined $50K for Tampering with Giannis

Ruben Hill
February 9, 2018

The league handed down the fine for an ESPN interview in which Johnson praised the Bucks forward for his prowess, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday. Johnson also received warning about comments he made on " Jimmy Kimmel Live!" regarding George and the Lakers.

The NBA has fined the Lakers $50,000 for tampering as a result of public comments made by Magic Johnson about Milwaukee Bucks' star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Johnson was discussing the skills of Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo and said the Greek native would put the Bucks "on the map" and bring them an National Basketball Association title. He plays above the rim I never could do that. That's where we [have the] same thing. 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. This dude, he's going to put Milwaukee on the map. "And I think he's going to bring them a championship one day".

This seems harmless. He was asked a question in an interview and provided an answer.

In a recent interview with ESPN.com, Johnson, the president of basketball operation for the Lakers, heaped praise on Antetokounmpo, stating he's the type of player who can lead a team to a championship.

Back at the end of August, the National Basketball Association handed down a fine to the Lakers for violating the anti-tampering rules.

This is the Lakers' third tampering fine involving Johnson. They did eventually trade him to the Thunder, but "George potentially signing with the Lakers when he becomes a free agent after the 2017-18 season" has been a consistent storyline since last offseason.

"We gonna say hi because we know each other", Johnson said, jovially. Speaking about it is in violation of the rules, no matter how tongue in cheek the comment was meant to be on a late-night show.

The Lakers and Johnson should know these rules as well as anyone.

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