Simmons simply wished just a little little bit of mentorship.
As a big level guard, Ben Simmons is a little bit of an anomaly. No participant understands that greater than Magic Johnson, who received 5 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to 76ers GM Elton Brand, Simmons was truly seeking to meet with Johnson for some pleasant recommendation on his recreation, however Brand refused.
“[Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka referred to as me and stated ‘Hey, we’re listening to Ben needs to speak to Hall of Famers, championship-level gamers, and Magic is on the listing. We want authorization for him to fulfill up.’ And I stated ‘No.’ This is over a month in the past, so I stated no,” Brand stated in accordance with ESPN.
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Johnson who in fact nonetheless works with the Lakers confirmed that Simmons wished to talk with him however that he’d solely do it if the Sixers permitted.
“[Simmons] reached out to me, to not me instantly, to the Lakers to seek out out if we will get collectively this summer season,” Johnson defined. “I stated, ‘Hey, you bought to clear it with the league,’ and if all people — the Sixers log out, we log out, the league log out — superb, I’ll try this. But if all people would not log out, then we will not get collectively.”
While the problem has been dropped for each groups, the NBA continues to be investigating to see if the contact between Simmons and the Lakers broke any league guidelines, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.