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Around the NBA: Magic Johnson Whines, Knicks Delete, Ben Simmons Shoots
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11 Feb 2019 02:07 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis dunks against Sacramento. (Image Source: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Let’s go around the NBA:

Bad-Faith Pelicans?

The NBA trade deadline came and passed…and the Los Angeles Lakers weren’t able to acquire New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. On Sunday, Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the Pels didn’t act in good faith when negotiating.

"We knew that basically at the end of the day, what happened, happened," Johnson said prior to LA’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. "And we knew that when we first started, in terms of what happened. But hey, it is what it is."

When asked if New Orleans acted in good faith, Johnson simply answered, “No.”

While he clearly isn’t happy with how things went down, Johnson also believes that his players who were rumored to be offered are professionals.

"Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that's what you're treating them like," Johnson said. "They're professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it -- that's how it goes.

"So, we've got to move forward, and we are moving forward. They played outstanding against Boston. Give them credit. And we want to play well today and continue on. This is a part of the league. You've got a good side of the business that we get paid to be professional basketball players, and there's deals like this."

Johnson also added the Lakers still plan on being major players in free agency this summer.

Durant in Knicks Season-Ticket Pitch

In their renewal pitch to their season ticket holders, the New York Knicks included free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant playing against rookie center Mitchell Robinson in a photo. Some might construe that the team is planting the idea that Durant could be wearing Orange & Blue next season. The team decided to delete the photo.

"Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took the precaution of taking the photo down," the Knicks said in a statement Sunday night. "To be clear, it was one of several rotating photos on the website."

With over $70 million in cap space, the Knicks are expected to be major players in free agency this offseason with KD among their top targets. Many have already speculated that Durant will be a Knick in 2019-20.

Simmons Misses Three-Pointer

In the Philadelphia 76ers 143-120 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday something remarkable happened. Forward Ben Simmons…took a three pointer.  

It was just the third three-pointer attempted by Simmons this season.

"I might as well come down and pull it," Simmons said. "I didn't really think about it."

It’s the first time he shot a three that didn’t come with the shot or game clock about to expire.

Afterwards, it’s all everyone could talk about.

"It actually was going in," Joel Embiid said. "Me, personally, I was getting ready to run the play, and then I just literally, I just saw the ball go over, and I was like, 'Oh, s---.' It caught me off-guard, and then I was in the position where [I was thinking], 'What just happened?'

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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