NBA to probe Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson link

«The 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 told ESPN.

Fellow ball-handler Simmons is regularly compared to Hall of Fame inductee and Lakers great Johnson because of their size and styles of play.


The Australian is 208cm tall and Johnson is 206cm.

Simmons told reporters after the Sixers beat the Lakers on Sunday that «trying to learn from somebody like that would be huge».

Johnson said it was Simmons who contacted him.

«He reached out to me, not to me directly, but to the Lakers, to find out if we could get together this summer,» Johnson told reporters.

«I said ‘hey, you’ve got to clear it with the league’.

«Everybody, the Sixers (need to) sign off, we sign off, the league signs off that there’s not nothing going on.»

Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand attempted to kill the controversy on Monday.

Brand said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka called him «and said that Ben wanted to talk to Hall of Famers after the season, Magic was on the list».

«He asked for authorisation … I said no,» Brand told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic.

«This was over a month ago.»

The 22-year-old Simmons is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who also represents both James and Davis.

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