Lakers fined for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule
The Lakers were fined Tuesday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule stemming from an interview with Magic Johnson on Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
He’s special, Johnson said. A man that can handle the basketball like he can and be a great �� he’s probably the greatest athlete we have in the league today. And then his understanding, his basketball IQ is off the chart. He not only can score for himself, but also he can pass that basketball like a point guard. 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.
We’ve never had anybody in the league like him. And also too, he’s like the number one �� he’s right up with LeBron, with KD and Steph [Curry] as the entertainer. He’s an entertainer so people will go see him.
The Lakers have tabbed a few big players in the upcoming free agent markets as they look to bolster their young roster. Antetokounmpo won’t become a free agent until 2021, and Johnson did say he would lead the Bucks to a championship, but the league obviously didn’t like the interaction between Johnson and the Bucks’ All-Star forward.
Ussery, who was Mark Cuban’s right-hand man until joining Under Armour in 2015, become CEO of the Mavericks in 1997 �� complaints of inappropriate workplace behavior within the Mavs began just shortly after.
The Mavericks claim they did not know of the misconduct until recently.
The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously, the team’s statement read. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation.
In response, the Mavericks suspended an employee whose job it was to to receive and investigate such misconduct complaints until the investigation is completed.
Dallas also revealed, in a separate development, an employee misled the organization about a prior domestic violence incident. The employee has since been fired.
I want to deal with this issue, Cuban told SI. I mean, this is, obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it. That’s it. And we’re going to take every step. It’s not something we tolerate.