Jerry Buss

After being hit with a $500,000 fine, Lakers are the butt of the joke that is tampering

After being hit with a $500,000 fine, Lakers are the butt of the joke that is tampering

When the Lakers began remodeling their front office by installing Magic Johnson six months ago, boss Jeanie Buss issued a statement with unmistakable expectations.

“Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Buss said.

Being hit with the largest tampering fine in NBA history is not exactly a “height.”

When Rob Pelinka was named general manager in March, his statement was equally clear.

“The Lakers are a gold standard for sports franchises in the world, so we all share a responsibility to pursue excellence in everything we do,” Pelinka said.

Being sloppy enough to...