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Magic Johnson says he sat in his car for an hour before meeting with LeBron James to avoid tampering

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. autographs a Mercedes-Benz car for auction at the Carousel of Hope Ball benefitting Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

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Magic Johnson warned Lakers employees about tampering.

Apparently, he – after being involved in two tampering fines – finally listened to his own advice.

Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet:

Until 9 p.m. Pacific June 30, LeBron James was technically still under contract with the Cavaliers. Obviously, Johnson didn’t want to be late to his meeting, and Los Angeles traffic can be unpredictable. Hence, the early arrival and wait.

However silly, it obviously proved fruitful. The Lakers signed LeBron – without incurring another tampering fine (probably).