The Philadelphia 76ers are far from happy after Magic Johnson said how Ben Simmons wants to learn a few things from him. The Lakers president of basketball operations talked about the conversation prior to Sunday’s match before his team and the Sixers.
LA Times reporter Tania Ganguli says there is a lot more. Magic Johnson answered questions before the match, and said Ben Simmons had contacted him because he was interested in learning from him.
Simmons and Johnson
have similar skillsets and figure. The Lakers director of basketball operations
said it was really important that this meeting is approved by the league and
the Sixers. Philadelphia’s general manager Elton Brand is not interested in
Pelinka called me and said that Ben [Simmons] wanted to talk to Hall of Famers
after the season,” Brand told a Philadelphia radio station. “Magic was on the list. He asked for authorization … I said
Ganguli noted that
it was Philadelphia who in fact “initiated the discussion about Simmons wanting
to meet with Magic.” She added that Pelinka called Brand to say “they weren’t
comfortable with it.”
“Spoke to someone familiar with Simmons’ thinking who said Simmons spends his summers in LA, that his desire to meet with Johnson is simply about their on-court similarities, and that he’ll be a Sixer for a long time,” Ganguli added. Klutch Sports represent Simmons and James. Anthony Davis is there, too.
Ben Simmons and the Lakers are under investigation
The NBA is now
investigating the case in order to determine if the Lakers violated the league’s
rules on tampering.
league office is looking into whether any contact took place between Ben
Simmons and the Los Angeles Lakers that violated NBA rules,” NBA spokesman Mike
Bass announced in a
Let’s wait and see if the NBA will find anything shady
about the conversation.