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Report: NBA Fines Lakers $50,000 for Magic Johnson’s Comments on Giannis Antetokounmpo

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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

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Sources: Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram Suspended Multiple Games

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Sources: NBA suspensions – Brandon Ingram 4 games; Rajon Rondo 3 games; Chris Paul 2 games.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Report: Jontay Porter Out for Season with Torn ACL, MCL

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Missouri sophomore Jontay Porter will miss the entire upcoming season after tearing his ACL and MCL on Sunday, the school announced.

Porter suffered the injuries during a closed scrimmage against Southern Illinois.

He is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., the former top recruit who missed the majority of his lone season at Missouri last year before being drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets in June.

Jontay Porter, a 6-foot-11 power forward, averaged 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks last season and was expected to see a jump in production in 2018-19. He was named preseason second-team all-SEC last week.

Source: Jeff Borzello of ESPN

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Sources: Kevin Knox Out Two-to-Four Weeks with Left Ankle Injury

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Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Initial timetable on New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox: 2-to-4 weeks. Knox injured his left ankle tonight.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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