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Whicker: Punishing the Lakers over Magic Johnson’s comment would be a late-night joke

By Mark Whicker|

Lakers’ Magic Johnson at center of NBA probe into Paul George tampering

The possibility of impermissible contact between Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the heart of an NBA probe into possible tampering, according to an ESPN report. The ...

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