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					                                                                                                                                                                                         * * * * Morning News • Wednesday May 27 1998                            3D

                                                                                     Tempo                                                                                                                                 Sonics
                                                                                     slows                                                                                                                                 fire Karl
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Jim Cour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The ANsixJiated Press

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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.
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                                                                                        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
                                                                                                H. Fi
                                                                                     The Associated Press
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Report: Lemieux
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            paper report.
                                                                                        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
                                                                                     puck over.
                                                                                        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
                                                                                     ing his fifth playoff goal, sent the
                          Conference finals (Best-of-7)
                                                                                     puck between Belfour's legs to tern
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