Los Angeles Lakers fined for violating National Basketball Association anti-tampering rule

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

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

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.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the team has been fined $50,000 due to their latest act of tampering.

In an interview with ESPN.com, Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, praised Antetokounmpo's game, saying that he'll bring "Milwaukee a championship one day".

This is the Lakers' third tampering fine involving Johnson. "I don't think Magic Johnson was tampering in any way", Antetokounmpo said.

That fine came after the National Basketball Association warned the Lakers about this sort of behavior following Johnson's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show. 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.

"He's going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he's going to put Milwaukee on the map", Magic told ESPN of the Greek Freak.

The Bucks even sent out an Instagram post highlighting Johnson's comments about Antetokounmpo, who is in the midst of his best season as a pro.

"I'm just happy he's starting in the All-Star game because he deserves that", Johnson said after comparing Antetokounmpo's game to his own.

Luckily for the Lakers, or Magic, or whomever has to pay this fine, they shouldn't have too much trouble coming up with $50K. The NBA added that the investigation did not reveal evidence of an agreement or understanding between the Lakers and George that he would be become a Laker. The George fine was due directly to general manager Rob Pelinka's communication with George's agent, but the league noted that followed a warning to Johnson for literally winking at George during a TV interview. George is someone that the Lakers are hoping to land in free agency this summer.

Kimmel then asked Johnson what could happen if he were to run into George away from the court. He was asked about a player and he gave a compliment.

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