- This feels like, to me, a slap on the wrist for a huge brand, and the NBA is getting ready for LeBron potentially and Paul George to move to LA, and all of the media markets to go nuts. How does it land for you?
- Well, a slap on the wrist is exactly what I feel like this is. Look, there were teams around the league that wanted to see more of a punishment. Nobody thought they were going to come down hard on the Lakers.
I do know that there were-- at least there was one executive from another team that told the league, as the league was doing its investigation, that if I did something like that-- this is a guy that was not a former player, certainly not a Hall of Famer, a legend like Magic-- that if I did something like that, it would have been a lot more of a punishment than you're going to give the Lakers. So some people around the league wanted to see the league come down strong on this in some way, shape, or form. Again, most people thought it would end up being a fine, which it was.
I heard numbers that were higher than $500,000, as far as people thought it might be $1 million or something like that. But this really doesn't affect the Lakers. But I do think you need tampering rules. So if they--
COLIN COWHERD: Yeah, or it'd be a free for all.
- Broke them, then it's fine.
COLIN COWHERD: Yeah.
- And some people think it's getting out of hand. So I think it's good that they came down. It's not too heavy. Any thought of, oh, they're going to keep Paul George from going to the Lakers. No, that wasn't happening unless there was real evidence that they did already have a deal in play.
COLIN COWHERD: Oh, by the way, Sam Amick, "USA Today," is reporting the infamous Magic interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the league's view on that was, quote, "in essence joking manner, not out of bounds." So there you go. OK.
- Yeah, if you know Magic, that's how he is. It Everybody loves Magic. And yeah, that was fine.
COLIN COWHERD: You don't get a nickname, "Magic," unless on TV you've got a little magic.