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NBA fines Lakers $50000 for 2nd tampering violation

February 19 2018, 07:48 | Van Peters

Lakers fined $50K for tampering with Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

Lakers fined $50K for Magic Johnson's comments about Giannis Antetokounmpo

Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play. "With his ball-handling skills and his passing ability".

The NBA previously issued for a violation of the same rule, and this fine comes as a slight surprise if the fine relates to comments Johnson recently made on the topic of Antetokounmpo: "He's going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he's going to put Milwaukee on the map". He plays above the rim I never could do that.

"In his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates".

The Milwaukee Bucks have won two straight against the New York Knicks, and three of the last four games between the teams dating back to the start of last season.

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 was discussing the skills of Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and said the Greek native would put the Bucks "on the map" and bring them an National Basketball Association title.

The Bucks even put out a photo on their Instagram with the quote from Johnson.

Those comments seem pretty harmless. They were hit with a $500,000 penalty after the Pacers accused the Lakers of tampering with Paul George, a southern California native that IN was trying to trade.

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

When Magic Johnson took over as President of Basketball Operations, it came under the assumption he was ready to turn the team around.

That fine made a little more sense.

According to ESPN, the Lakers are no longer confident in landing two superstars and could shift their focus to the 2019 NBA Free Agency class which will be headlined by the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler. With a shaky start to their tenure, the Lakers front office manned by Johnson and Rob Pelinka has yet to find the grip of things and it has hurt the franchise once again.

Hopefully, Johnson will learn his lesson this time around.

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