The Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday were fined $50,000 by the NBA for another violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule after team president Magic Johnson recently praised Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
This is the second time the NBA has fined the Lakers over tampering issues. The team had to pay $500,000 in August after the NBA said an investigation produced evidence of contact between general manager Rob Pelinka and Paul George’s agent after a previous warning about tampering.
Johnson recently praised Antetokounmpo’s play in an ESPN interview, saying he’d someday lead the Bucks to a championship. A source told ESPN that the fine Tuesday was for the comments made in that interview.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN
Steve Ballmer: Clippers Moving to Inglewood ‘come hell or high water’
“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community,” said [Steve] Ballmer, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO early in 2014, shortly before he rescued the Clippers from the clutches of disgraced Donald Sterling and bought the franchise for $2 billion.
“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.” He then urged fans to contact their Assembly representative and state senator to urge approval of legislation that would accelerate the process. He probably inspired more than a few emails and phone calls.
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Sources: Rockets Waive R.J. Hunter
Sources: The Houston Rockets have waived former Celtics first-round pick R.J. Hunter, who was on a two-way deal.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 17, 2018
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter