Magic Johnson pitches for LeBron, Durant to Lakers (uh, tampering?)

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson addresses the crowd as he pays tribute to Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers before Bryant plays his final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson addresses the crowd as he pays tribute to Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers before Bryant plays his final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

I don’t claim to know or understand every aspect of the NBA’s tampering rules. But Magic Johnson, the former Los Angeles Lakers’ great, is a vice president for the organization and I’m quite certain has just violated about 157 points of the league’s tampering policy.

Submitted as evidence to the court is this series of Tweets:

If the NBA doesn’t fine Johnson, something is wrong.

It’s worth noting that Johnson used to have a minority ownership stake in the Lakers. But when he sold that stake in 2010, he remained as an unpaid executive. It’s basically a figurehead position.

Clich here for a rundown of the Lakers’ front office, via

Here’s what appears at the top of page 6 on the team’s media guide:

Majority Owner Buss Family Trusts
Co-Owner Philip F. Anschutz
Co-Owner Edward P. Roski, Jr.
Co-Owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Director Dan Beckerman
President / Governor Jeanie Buss
Executive Vice President, Director Francis R. Mariani
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development Johnny Buss
Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations / Alternate Governor Jim Buss
Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs / Secretary Jim Perzik
General Counsel Dan Grigsby
Senior Vice President, Finance, CFO Joe McCormack
COO / SVP, Business Operations / CMO / Alternate Governor Tim Harris
Vice President Earvin Johnson

But to suggest that it’s allowable for anybody whose name is on a staff directory for one franchise to openly talk about acquiring a player from another franchise would be silly, whether he’s being paid or not.

Agree or disagree?

For what it’s worth, the Hawks have been fined twice for tampering in recent years, in both cases LeBron James was central to the violation: In 2013 for a letter to prospective season ticket holders that mentioned both James and Chris Paul,  and in 2010 for comments then co-owner Michael Gearon made about his willingness to give James a “max contract.”

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Hawks at precipice...

Unlike 2015, no miracles this year...

2016 FA gifts all teams w cap space...

2016 late draft picks aren't phenoms...

What to make of Cavs series?

Is it fair to evaluate vs #1 East?

What if Hawks swept as most predict?

Will FA favor ATL moreso than in past?

Does DF stink still linger over franchise?

Important b/c Hawks need a superstar...

If not superstar at least a star..

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Pro sports is a business...playoffs equal profits...

Thus, the status quo is perfectly acceptable...

But, with new arena online w significant city(fan) input...

Shouldn't we reasonably expect to be more competitive?


@JeffSchultzAJC Magic Johnson does not work for the Lakers. He sold his interest when he bought his share of the Dodgers.


@JeffSchultzAJC Best answer I got: because he's Magic Johnson. Kinda like how UNC didn't get hammered by the NCAA, but Ole Miss likely will.


@JeffSchultzAJC "Magic" is a performer & Earvin is the one under contract with the Lakers? See Hulk Hogan v Gawker case for legal precedent


@JeffSchultzAJC remember the nba teams pushed to adjust colangelos position with team usa because of fear of what magic just did. Ha