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NBA's Amir Johnson fined for checking phone during playoff game

NBA player Amir Johnson
The Philadephia 76ers' Amir Johnson. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

We've all been in a place where we aren't supposed to use our phone and just want to sneak a quick look, but if you're an NBA player on the bench during a playoff game, it might be better to resist the urge.

Driving the news: Amir Johnson found that out the hard way, as TV cameras captured him looking at his phone during the fourth quarter of Saturday's Sixers-Nets game. League rules prohibit use of cellphones during games and call for a suspension or fine, and Johnson got both a fine and a reprimand from his coach.

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The race to sign Zion Williamson

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Likely No. 1 pick Zion Williamson is expected to sign a lucrative sneaker endorsement deal prior to this year's May 14 draft lottery, with sneaker companies confident he'll be a marketing superstar no matter where he lands.

Why it matters: Many in the sneaker industry believe Williamson's deal will make him one of the three highest-paid rookie sneaker endorsers ever, rivaling LeBron James and Kevin Durant.