Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Lakers Fined $50000 For Magic Johnson's Comments On Giannis Antetokounmpo

Jan 15 2018 Washington DC USA Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo holds the ball after being called for a foul against the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. The Bucks won 104-95. Mandatory Credit Geoff Bur Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Kristopher Love | 08 February, 2018, 09:59

The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA's tampering rule again. "You just can't say, 'Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers, ' even though I'll be wink-winking like, 'You know what that means, right?'"

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But where George was on the trade block heading into a contract year when Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka apparently interfered, Antetokounmpo is under contract as the Bucks' best building until the summer of 2021. 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.

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.

The fine came as a effect for Magic's glowing comments to ESPN's Nick Friedell about the Greek Freak in late January.

Here is part of what Johnson said when asked if he saw any similarities to Antetokoumpo's game and his own. "And he's going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he's going to put Milwaukee on the map".

Johnson has to remember, however, that he is part of an National Basketball Association front office now and can not comment on players the way he did as an analyst.

Earlier in the season, the Lakers would face a fine of $500,000 for tampering with Paul George.

Per the Los Angeles Times' Tania Ganguli, Magic's punishment for a seemingly harmless offense likely came as effect of his earlier tampering violation involving Paul George. This one stemmed from Johnson making an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

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. This, however, just seems a little more ridiculous.

Hopefully, Johnson will learn his lesson this time around.