Lakers Fined $50,000 For Comments Magic Johnson Made About Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo
Magic-johnson
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers were fined $50,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule because of comments team president of basketball operations Magic Johnson made about Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Johnson praised Antetokounmpo for athleticism he lacked as a player, and predicted the rising star would lead the Bucks to an NBA title in his career. The quote was used by the Bucks in a social media post on Instagram.

This marks a second tampering fine the Lakers have received since Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka took control in the front office. The previous instance was a result of comments Johnson made during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about pursuing Paul George as a free agent.

That earned the team a record $500,000 penalty, which Johnson offered to pay by asking Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss to deduct it from his salary.

Ahead of George and the Oklahoma City Thunder playing their first game at Staples Center this season, the Southern California native revealed the league launched an investigation into his relationship with Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw.

The two have grown close and go on offseason fishing trips together. George maintained there wasn’t any impropriety or attempted recruiting by Shaw.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERS NATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

Lakers Player Of The Week: Josh Hart Returns To Starting Lineup And Contributes To Big Wins

One of the biggest debates amongst fans this past summer was if or when during the season Josh Hart should supplant Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the start shooting…

Lakers Injury Update: Tarik Black Ruled Out Against Suns

After four consecutive losses, the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to bounce back on Friday playing host to the visiting Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center…

Lakers News: Alex Caruso Feels Responsibility To Speak Out In Wake Of George Floyd’s Death

Alex Caruso was a pleasant surprise during the 2019-20 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers as the undrafted…

Lakers Nation Celebrates The Late George Mikan’s Birthday

Lakers Nation would like to wish a very happy birthday to the…