Not strange: Ben Simmons wanting to meet with Magic Johnson. Johnson is the greatest tall point guard of all-time, and Simmons obviously fits the mold.
Strange: Johnson being the one to reveal Simmons’ desire. Simmons plays for the 76ers, and Johnson – who has sparked multiple tampering fines – is the Lakers’ president.
Very strange: Johnson bringing it up as a possibility after a team – Philadelphia or Los Angeles, depending whom you believe – put the kibosh on it.
76ers general manger Elton Brand on 97.5 The Fanatic:
Sean Tribe and Liam Tribe – these are Ben Simmons’ brothers – wanted him this offseason to be around all-time greats, talk to champions about their preparation, their work ethic, their focus, what made them champions. So, Michael Jordan, Kobe – these type-level of players. Dr. J. Get him with these ultimate just winners.
And somehow, Magic got in the mix. And they asked me. Rob Pelinka called me and said, “Hey, we’re hearing Ben wants to talk to Hall of Famers, championship-level players, and Magic’s on the list. We need authorization for him to meet up.”
And I said no. This was over a month ago.
We didn’t sign off on whatever they’re talking about. So, if Ben and his family say, “Hey, we do want to Magic about being a 6-9 point guard,” I don’t mind going there and being there with him if I have to. But we didn’t agree to that.