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slows fire Karl
By Jim Cour
The ANsixJiated Press
SEATTLE - Two weeks after his
Seattle SuperSonics were eliminat-
By Qrsg BeaduMM ed by the Los Angeles Lakers in the
Playoff glaou The Associated Press playoffs. George Karl was fired as
coach on Tuesday
Rnrt round (Beef-of-5) SALT LAKE CITY - Karl Malone Karl. 47. coached the Sonics for
will do some fishing and ride his til/2 seasons and had the best win
Eastern conference Western conference Harley. John Stockton will spend mng percentage (.719. 384-150) in the
time with his family. Jerry Sloan teams regular-season history- Under
Chicago vs. New Jersey Utah vs. Houston thinks he might go to the movies dur- Karl, the team had three 60-victory
Chicago wins series 3 0 Utah wins series 3 2 ing his team's "mini offseason." seasons.
ttm mttlm u* I H i n i .nil
The Utah Jazz are searching for "I've had an interesting couple of
vs. ways to keep busy for the next nine weeks." team president and general
New York wins series 3-2 oeacne vs. ivmnseova
Seattle wins series 32 days while the Eastern Conference manager Wally Walker said in
finals grind to a conclusion. After announcing Karl's firing. "It was an
Indtana vs. Cleveland LA. Lakers vs. Portland winning the Western Conference on extremely difficult decision to
Indiana wins series 3-1 LA. Lakers win series 3-1 Sunday, the Jazz don't play again make."
until June 3. It might have been difficult but it
Cnaiiotte vs. Atlanta San Antonio vs. Pnoentx "What are you going to do about
Charlotte wins series 3-1
wasn't unexpected — after the
San Antonio wins series 3-1 it?" Malone shrugged. "We can't do Sonics were beaten four straight by
anything to get ready for one team! the Los Angeles Lakers in the
We've got a plan no matter what, and Western Conference semifinals, the
we 're going to stick with it" first four-game losing streak of Karl's
Utah's practice Tuesday was a bit tenure in Seattle.
shorter than normal, but otherwise Karl was paid $3.2 million in the
ChaHotte vs. Chicago Seattle vs. LA. Lakers the Jazz conducted business as
Chicago wins series 4-1 LA. Lakers win series 4-1 last season of a contract that expires
usual. To combat monotony and keep July 1
his team on edge, Sloan plans to "Our decision is based entirely 64
ndtana vs. New Ybfk San Antonio vs. Utah break the workouts into two four-day
Indiana wins series 4-1 Utah wins series 4-1 what we believe in the team's be&t
groups. interest of going forward," Walker
"Coach Sloan's setting us up," Douglas C. Puac/The AwociMtd Prew said. "It's not about money. It's not
(Beetof-T) Malone grinned. "I expected to get a
Utah Jazz forward Chris Morris practices three pointers a t the madia personal." "';..
call telling us we had today off, but Walker said the "decision to fire
Saturday, May 16 Sunday, May 24 we had some things to take care of, Interviews head coach Jerry Sloan, rear, during practice Tuesday
Utah 112, LA. Lakers 77 Utah 96, LA. Lakers 92 Karl was his alone, and not that of
and we're going to get after it for the afternoon. Whan the Indiana Pacers nipped the Chicago Bufts 96-94 on
Utah leads series 10 Utah wins series 4-0 owner Barry Ackerley. Walker mad$
next three days. We're going to Monday and tied the Eastern Conference finals a t two games apiece, the
it during the weekend and told Karl
work." start of the NBA Finals was delayed untH June 3. The Jazz, who won the
Sunday, May 17 inonoay, may * o on Tuesday morning.
"We went a little light today, and Western Conference on Sunday, must cool their heels untM then.
Chicago 85, Indiana 79 Indiana 96, Chicago 94 . He said he believed Karl wanted
then well go at it hard for three
series tied at 2-2 to stay in Seattle and "was disap:
days," Sloan said. "Then we'll do the
Monday May 18 pointed" when he found out found he
same thing again. When we work, we all will benefit immensely from doing specific things," Sloan said.
Utah 99, LA. Lakers 95 Today wasn't going to be re-hired.
try to work and get out of here. The some down time. The Jazz would have been playing
Indiana at Chicago, 9 p.m. (NBC) Two years ago, Karl coached the
players take care of the rest of it The Jazz aren't yet preparing for a Game 5 of the Western Conference
Tuesday, May 19 themselves." Sonics into the NBA Finals, in which
specific opponent In fact, they aren't finals on Tuesday, but a sweep of the
Chicago 104, Indiana 98 paying that much attention to the Los Angeles Lakers gave them an they lost in six games to the Chicago
Sloan also plans to take advantage
Chicago at Indiana. TBA (NBC) battle in the East Sloan said he did- extended break. Bulls.
of the extended break to rest some of
FrMay,May22 his players' aches. Malone's jammed n't watch Indiana's Game 4 victory Although they've only reached While Walker said the decision not
Utah 109, LA. Lakers 98 Sunday, May 3 1 middle finger on his shooting hand, over Chicago on Monday, and Malone Day 2 of their long wait Malone says to retain Karl wasn't about money
Indiana at Chicago, TBA (NBC) Stockton's aching knee and Jeff caught just the last 24 seconds. the Jazz aren't in danger of losing and wasn't personal, those were two
Saturday, May 23 if necessary Hornacek's strained Achilles tendon "When we know who we're playing their game edge. factors that weren't on Karl's side of
Indiana 107, Chicago 105 wouldn't keep them qut of games, but in the next round/then we can start staying in Seattle.
• He isn't expected to stay unenv
ployed.long and probably will com-
mand a salary of $5 million from
some team next season.
Pacers a row.
"We'll try to remedy that — there
were some miscommunication and
defensive philosophy. When Jordan
shoved, Rose shoved back. An elbow
from Jordan to Rose resulted in a
is the reason he came off the bench
(in fact, Rose never re-entered the
have three great bench players.")
Miller appeared amazed at all the
complaining coming from Jackson
Karl's Columbus, Ohio-based
agent Bret Adams, suggested hjs
Continued from page ID client won't be unemployed long. 'If
some things where guys tried to take hard forearm in return. Maybe the Bulls, with Rose sus- and Jordan.
he's unemployed. I think it's going to
it upon themselves a little bit," Rose's suspension will be a big pended, feel as if they finally got a "Everyone's talking about holding,*
be his decision to decide what He
Jordan abandoned the triangle Jackson said of the fourth-quarter loss to the Pacers, who are getting lit- break. Tuesday, Jackson, $10,000 hitting, pushing," Miller said. "Them,
poorer, was less critical of the offi- wants to do. I mean, a coach that has
offense in attempts to go one-on-one, collapse. tle production from forward Chris of all people, shouldn't talk about
cials. That comes less than 24 hours holding, hitting, pushing. Chicago a winning percentage like, he did and
Which did not help in a-game in Jordan was perhaps bothered by Mullin (l-for-10 from the field on
Monday). The NBA didnt buy into after he said it felt as if the Bulls gets away with that more than any- makes the playoffs for seven straight
which he missed eight of 13 shots in the size of the 6-foot-9 McKey. And by
the Indiana argument that Rose was were playing against "an eight-man body. They get the benefit"of every years, he should be a commodity."
the second half (two of six in the the aggressiveness of the ft-foot^
Rose, who doesnt buy into the "dont merely checking into the game dur- defense." (Asked atfout that yester- call." Adams said he and Karl wili
fourth) as Chicago blew a fourth-
bang Mike or you'll make him mad" ing the time of the altercation, which day, he replied, "Hey, I think they "determine who's going to talk to him
quarter lead for the second game in
and evaluate what's out there."
Stars even Western Conference series
The Associated Press
might play again
Stanley Cup DALLAS — Bob Bassen, Greg
Adams and Guy Carbonneau scored
goals and Ed Bel four had 27 saves The. Associated Press
Playoffs Tuesday night as the energetic
Dallas Stars rebounded from an
opening-game shutout to beat the
TORONTO — NHL Hall of Famer
Mario Lemieux, in his first year of
retirement, might return to hockey in
Detroit Red Wings 3-1 and even the order to collect $35 million in
deferred salary, according to a news-
Playoff glance Western Conference finajs.
Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-7
Fbst round (BeetofT) series will be played in Detroit on The Toronto Sun, citing sources,
Friday night and Sunday. said the Penguins owe Lemieux $35
Eastern conference Goals by Adams and Bassen gave million in deferred pay.
the Stars a 2-1 lead over the defend- "All those contracts Mario had
Ottawa vs. New Jeraey Daias vs. San Jose ing Stanley Cup champions through were personal-services deals with
Ottawa win series 4-2 Dallas wins series 4-2 two periods. Carbonneau scored into (Penguins part owner) Howard
an empty net with 11 seconds left Baldwin." the source toJd the news-
Montreal vs. Pittsburgh Edmonton vs. Colorado after Detroit had pulled goalie Chris paper for Tuesday's story-
Montreal wins series 4-2 Edmonton wins series 4-3 Osgood. Team ownership has since
The acrobatic Belfour took over changed hands and new owner
Buffalo vs. Phiedelphta Detroit vs. Phoenix Roger Marino feels the debt to
the game in the third period and
Buffalo wins series 4-1 Detroit wins series 4-2 Lemieux isn't his responsibility.
made 10 saves, including a pad save
on a breakaway by Kirk Maltby at Tom Reich, Lemieux's agent, filed
Washington vs. Boston St. Louis vs. Los Angeles a lawsuit to force the Penguins to
11:11 after Mike Modano turned the
Washington wins series 4-2 St. Louis wins series 4-0 pay. but the newspaper said a source
Adams took a pass from Modano familiar with the situation feels
Conference semMnals (Best-of-7) Marino could be on solid ground A
and unleashed a 30-foot slapshot
from the led circle that beat Osgood solution, the newspaper said it was
Eastern conference Western conference told by a source, could be for
to put Dallas ahead 2-0 at 8:48 in the
second period. Lemieux to return and have his con-
Washington vs. Ottawa Deiasvs. Edmonton tract traded to a wealthy team able to
Detroit finally got to Belfour less
Washington wins series 4-1 Dallas wins series 4-1 pay the deferred payments
than two minutes later when
Vyacheslav Kozlov scored on a pass
Buffalo vs. Montreal Detroit vs. S t Louis
from Tomas Holmstrom. Kozlov. scor-
Buffalo wins series 4-0 Detroit wins series 4-2
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