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Thursday / August 16.
  • By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Wendell Carter Jr.’s mother, Kylia Carter, has already made headlines by comparing the NCAA to slavery and the prison system for exploiting young African-American athletes for profits that benefit older, white folks.

    After her son was drafted No. 7 by the Chicago Bulls, Kylia Carter, who played at Ole Miss, kept up her comments about the NCAA and the school where her son spent one season, Duke.

    “They treat you like a piece of property,” she told Sports Illustrated. “Period. Point blank. They take things away from you, they talk bad to you, they’re disrespectful to you. The act of getting paid is not what makes a difference, the difference is that in the NBA [players] are respected in the role that they’re in. Whatever it is they’re doing, they have a voice and they’re respected.

    “In college, you have no voice. It’s a system set up that they drop you in and tell you what to do—you be a rebounder, shot-blocker, you take all the shots, nobody else can shoot. My child never got to show his full set of skills. He never got to do that.”

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Johnson declared Monday that he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with the 16-time NBA champions within the next two summers.

    “Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure,” Johnson said after a news conference to introduce draft picks Moe Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk.

    Johnson was put in charge of the Lakers’ front office by owner Jeanie Buss in February 2017, and the former superstar point guard immediately announced his plans to revive the struggling franchise by enticing the game’s best players to join as free agents.