NBA says no rules broken in Simmons-Johnson meeting request

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Published: Feb. 12, 2019 at 2:41 PM EST
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Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

"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.

The Lakers have been fined for tampering violations twice since 2017, those violations costing the team a combined $550,000.

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