Just days after the NBA ruled that Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not commit a tampering violation for answering a question about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons, Johnson wasn’t taking any chances when asked for his thoughts on Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker.
“You know I can’t answer any questions about no players, because every time I do it, I get fined,” Johnson told Carolina Blitz at an NBA All-Star event Thursday. “But anybody else do it, they don’t get fined. So, I’m going to stay away from that one.”
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers are being investigated again. Per NBA spokesman Mike Bass: “The league office is looking into whether any contact took place between Ben Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated NBA rules.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Elton Brand tells ESPN: “No issue. I have a great relationship with Ben and Rich (Paul) and we expect him to be a Sixer for a long time. He has taken interest in chatting with some of the game’s all-time greats and we’re supportive. I had brief dialogue with Rob Pelinka who I’ve known for a long time, but nothing is planned. Our collective focus is on making a postseason push. Again, we’re not sweating this, end of story.”
“[Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka called me and said ‘Hey, we’re hearing Ben wants to talk to Hall of Famers, championship-level players, and Magic is on the list. We need authorization for him to meet up.’ And I said ‘No.’ This is over a month ago, so I said no,” Brand explained.