Magic Johnson is trying so hard not to get fined for tampering, but he is walking a dangerous line.
The Los Angeles Lakers have already been fined twice for tampering during Magic Johnson’s tenure as President of basketball operations, and it looks like the Magic man might have struck again.
During a broadcast of the World Series, Johnson, who is a part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, came to visit the studio, and they surprised him with a picture of Kevin Durant wearing a Lakers jersey next to LeBron. He then exclaims “I love that!”
Magic always seems to be having fun while he is on TV. You’ve got to give him that. He was first fined for tampering after appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show and saying some not too subtle things about recruiting Paul George to the Lakers as a free agent.
When Kimmel asked Johnson what he would say if he ran into George off the court, this is what Magic responded with.
“We going to say hi because we know each other,” Johnson said. “You just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers,’ even though I’ll be wink-winking like, ‘You know what that means, right?’”
Hard to blame the league for fining him on that one. George didn’t end up joining the Lakers, though, and ultimately re-signed with Oklahoma City Thunder, who currently only have one more win than the defunct Seattle SuperSonics this season.
The Lakers were fined again when Magic praised Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo as a future champion and MVP during an interview with ESPN. Whether or not the NBA fines Magic for this latest incident remains to be seen, but he sure loves flirting with the line. And when you have that kind of money then you can apparently do what you want with it.
The Lakers are off to a lackluster start (2-5) this season that has also involved one of the worst NBA brawls since the Malice at the Palace. They could clearly use KD’s help next year, but they would also welcome Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler to the fold. Can’t wait to see who Magic tampers with next!