NBA says no rules broken in Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting request

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Before a game Tuesday night in Atlanta, Lakers coach Luke Walton shrugged off a question about the NBA’s ruling.“We’re worried about trying to play ball here,” he said. “That’s it.”Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said it’s impossible to prevent players from speaking to members of other organizations. He noted that Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, a television analyst for the Hawks, is often sought out by opposing players.“A lot of that stuff happens naturally,” Pierce said. “Any team that comes in to play the Hawks, I always see players speaking to Dominique. It’s all welcomed and encouraged. You just have to do it the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Without Kyrie Irving, Celtics beat 76ers again Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I love his game. I love his vision,” Johnson said.But since that was in response to a media inquiry, the NBA says Johnson was permitted to make such comments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation,” the league said. “The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules.”The Lakers have been fined for tampering violations twice since 2017, with those violations costing the team a combined $550,000. FILE – At left, in a Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is shown in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Phoenix. At right, in a March 8, 2018, file photo, Magic Johnson attends an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament, in Las Vegas. The NBA is going to investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips. League spokesman Mike Bass said Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that the NBA will look at the matter. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week.The NBA’s relatively quick-moving investigation was initiated after it was revealed that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img

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