The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on May 12, 1992 · 23
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t I Iblioropmwurom -1 i I 4 bwmr - 4 t Associated Press Gathered for induction Monday into the Basketball Hall of Fame are from left Lou Carnesecca Connie Hawkins Lusia Harris Stewart Bob Lanier Al McGuire and Jack Ramsay N -41 A defends its officials IYXS Garretson says his referees won't change a thing Bee News Services -NEW YORK -- The Chicago Bulls might as well get used to the physical style of the New York Knicks' defense because the officials aren't about to alter their apProach to calling fouls While Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson have complained that the Knicks have been getting away with too much contact the NBA's head of officials said the series has been called fairly and that there is no reason to expect any changes "I think the officiating has been very good" Dare 11 Garretson said "I don't want any of the participants to change at all (including the officials)" Garretson who refereed Saturaay's Game 3 at Madison Square ' Garden said the series has been physical but that the Knicks' play within the spirit of the rules - "Just because someone says it's ptysical doesn't necessarily mean the officials are doing anything wrong" Garretson said "It's a particular style of play The same rules apply to both ballclubs Is this a physical series? Yes I guess 7ou'd have to say that But the series has been well-played and Well-officiated" ! Garretson acknowledged there are complaints about officiating in virtually every game but that buch criticism does not affect the bfficials' performance in subsequent games NBA NOTES r Knicks coach Pat Riley criticized Jackson for comments the Bulls' coach made Sunday after New York's 93-86 victory in Game 4 Jackson thought the referees allowed the Knicks to play too physically allowing New York to get away with bumps shoves and hand checks that Jackson thought were fouls "I think what he's doing is insulting us basically" Riley said as he prepared for Game 5 tonight in Chicago "I was part of six championship teams and I've been to the Finals 13 times I know what a championship demeanor is about The fact that he's whining and whimpering about the officiating is an insult to how hard our guys are playing and how much our guys want to win" Continued from page El considering naming one or more alternates in case current members are unable to participate Boston's Larry Bird has played only one playoff game because of a sore back And former Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson says he'll play despite having testing positive for HIV the virus that causes AIDS ! Neither Laettner nor Drexler were available Monday The official announcement will come today Laettner a 6-11 forward averaged 215 points and 7 9 rebounds this season and was the consensus na- tional player of the year He ended his career second in Duke history in scoring (2460 points) and rebounding (1149) ! Drexler's selec tion clears a controversy that began when he was left out of the original 10 A 6-6 guard be averaged 25 points and 66 rebounds this season The other team members are Chicago's Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen New York's Patrick Ew ing John Stockton and Karl Malone of Utah Philadelphia's Charles Barkley San Antonio's David Rob' inson Golden State's Chris Mullin Bird and Johnson Others believed to have been considered are Ohio State's Jimmy Jackson Georgetown's Alonzo Mourning Louisiana State's Shaquille O'Neal Detroit's Thomas Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman Golden State's Tim Hardaway and Phoenix's Kevin Johnson The rookie award completes a season in which Johnson the Hornets No 1 pick in the June draft bas made an impact as a player as "Grandmama" in a national marketing campaign and as a community philanthropist Johnson emerged as a dominant player and team leader for the Hornets He was llth in the league in rebounding (110 per game) and 24th in scoring (197 points) : "You can now consider him one of the elite players in the league in that special handful" Hornets coach Allan Bristow said "Not only in how he's played but how he's brought us in a new direction It's not only his talent it's his leadership — how he approaches practices and a whole season And how good that's been for our team" 'Off the court Johnson quickly became part of the Charlotte commun4 when he contributed $180000 Jazz-Sonics in Seattle — Seattle returned home to get back into the series against Utah and trails 2-1 entering Game 4 tonight After the Jazz won the first two games in Salt Lake City the SuperSonics took Game 3 Sunday as Ricky Pierce scored 31 points in a 104-98 victory Karl Malone had 30 for the Jazz but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter by Benoit Benjamin Hall of Fame inductees — Play 1v ground legend Connie Hawkins was one of five former players and four coaches inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Mass "The Hawk" joined the Phoenix Suns as a 27-year-old rookie in 1969 But during his seven years in the league Hawkins whose dazzling dunks were legend in the New York playgrounds and paved the way for Dr J and Air Jordan could still fly high enough to be named to four All-Star teams and the 1970 All-NBA team Lusia Harris Stewart of three-time national champion Delta State and Nera White who led her Nashville-based AALT team to 10 national championships and one world championship were the first two woman players honored Also inducted as players were Bob Lanier the big man who led little St Bonaventure to the NCAA Final Four and then went on to star with Detroit and Milwaukee of the NBA and Sergei Be lov one of the first great Soviet guards Installed as coaches were Lou Carnesecca who recently retired after 24 years on the sidelines at St John's Al McGuire who guided Marquette to the 1977 NCAA championship Jack Ramsay whose 864 career victories with four NBA teams rank second in league history and the late Phil Woolpert who led San Francisco to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956 Associated Press Portland's Terry Porter left drives past Phoenix's Kevin Johnson (7) and at Andrew Lang to keep the local United Way from falling short of its annual goal for the first time in 37 years Converse sneakers has already made Johnson a big part of its marketing campaign dressing him up like a grandmother for a nationally distributed commercial Johnson received all but a handful of the 96 media votes for rookie of the year according to a Charlotte Observer source Center Dikembe Mutombo of the Denver Nuggets and forward Billy Owens of the Golden State Warriors are believed to have gotten one or two votes eact 0 Western Conference SEMIFINALS Best of seven Portland 2 Phoenix 1 Akame Game 1: Portland 113 Phoenix 111 Game 2: Portland 126 Phoenix 119 Game 3: Phoenix 124 Portland 117 Game 4: at Phoenix n Thursday: at Portland TBA Saturday: at Phoenix TBA Mon May 18: at Portland TBA Utah 2 Seattle 1 Game 1: Utah 108 Seattle 100 Game 2: Utah 103 Seattle 97 Game 3: Seattle 104 Utah 98 Today: at Seattle 730 pm Thursday: at Utah TBA Saturday: at Seattle TBA Mon May 18: at Utah TBA Eastern Conference SEMIFINALS Best of seven Boston 2 Cleveland 2 Game 1: Cleveland 101 Boston 76 Game 2: Boston 104 Cleveland 98 Game 3: Boston 110 Cleveland 107 Game 4: Cleveland 114 Boston 112 Wednesday: at Cleveland 5 pm Friday: at Boston 5 pm Sun May 17: at Cleveland IBA Chicago 2 New York 2 Game 1: New York 94 Chicago 89 Game 2: Chicago 86 New York 78 Game 3: Chicago 94 New York 86 Game 4: New York 93 Chicago 86 Today: at Chicago 5 pm Thursday: at New York 5 pm Sun May 17: at Chicago TBA — if necessary Olympics: One collegian added to Dream Team NBA PLAYOFF LEADERS Through May 10 SCORING Player Team Jordan Chi K Malone Utah Lewis Bos Drexler Port Miller Ind Cummings SA Hardaway G S Petrovic NJ Daugherty Clev Johnson Phoe Ewing NY Manning LAC Coleman NJ J Malone Utah Clev Marciulionis GS Schrempt Porter Port Hornacek Phoe Seiha ly Mia Nance Clay Pierce Sea open Carr SA Elliott SA Kemp Sea Owens OS Rite Mia Moms NJ FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE Elie GS Gat ling GS Perry Phoe Strickland SA Miller Ind Manning LAC Clev Williams Port Morris NJ Jordan Chi Carr SA Sekaly Mia Grant Chi Patron NJ McHate tios Nance Clev Price Clay Marciulionis OS Smith Ma Owens GS LewBos Threatt LAL Daugherty Clay McKay Sea juhnson Phoe Ceballos Noe Homacek Phoe Cummings SAk Johnson Sea ' G FG FT Pts Avg 7 101 51 254363 8 72 93 237296 7 85 33 205 293 7 71 47 195 279 3 25 24 81270 3 34 10 78260 4 32 24 98245 4 41 11 97 243 8 65 63 195241 6 47 45 142 237 9 83 43 209 232 5 46 20 113226 4 36 16 89223 8 72 31 175 219 8 63 39 174218 4 25 34 85 21 3 3 18 25 63210 7 49 34 146 20 9 6 48 22 124 207 3 19 24 62207 8 65 30 160 20 0 7 47 43 139 199 7 47 43 139 19 9 3 24 10 59 197 3 19 16 59197 7 40 55 135193 4 30 17 77193 3 24 6 57 19 0 4 32 7 75188 Player Team FG FGA Pct 23 36 639 18 29 621 27 45 600 13 22 591 25 43 581 46 81 568 38 68 559 31 56 554 32 58 552 101 184 549 24 44 545 19 35 543 32 59 542 41 76 539 49 91 538 65 121 537 63 118 534 25 47 532 18 34 529 30 57 526 85 162 525 24 46 522 65 125 520 39 75 520 47 91 516 32 82 516 4 93 516 34 66 515 53 104 510 The Sacramento Bee Final Tuesday May 12 199r-B5 Lopez is wooed by Stockton promoter Bee Sports Staff No contracts have been filed with the California Athletic Commission and no money has been exchanged despite a published report that former junior lightweight champion Tony Lopez is being sought for a title fight in Stockton on June 26 Promoter Vernon Frazier a native of Tennessee and recent Sacramento resident told The Stockton Record last week he is negotiating with South African Dingaan Thobela to defend his World Boxing Organization lightweight title against Lopez Frazier said Monday he hopes to have Thobela and Lopez head the June 26 card at Civic Auditorium Currently the feature bout is to be between ex-champion Roberto Duran coming out of retirement again and Indiana middleweight Jack Callahan Frazier said if he couldn't land a title fight for Lopez he would like to arrange a non-title bout for him Earlier this month Lopez took part in an exhibition match during a Frazier-promoted card in Stockton However virtually all of Lopez's $1 million-plus ring earnings have come fighting for promoter Don Chargin Sal Lopez Sr the fighter's fa Continued from page El posed pressure on myself and my golf game has suffered as a result" But on Sunday evening accompanied by Todd Awe an old friend from his junior golf days in Missouri Stewart quit worrying about great expectations and nettlesome swing thoughts and headed for the beach He took his US Open trophy with him and sat on the sea wall next to the 18th green at Pebble Beach sipping champagne "That tasted pretty good" Stewart said "I probably haven't enjoyed it as much as I should but I sure did last night The trophy was sitting there in the sand with us It was great" Stewart flew in this past weekend for three rounds at Pebble Beach and sounded upbeat about his prospects for improvement at a press conference Monday He was flanked by United States Golf Association officials who promised a most difficult test for 156 golfers five weeks hence "I haven't played well lately but that doesn't mean I can't" Stewart said "Coming to a place I love I hope that makes me play better If there is a more beautiful place to play golf I haven't found it I'm till searching" Stewart has played well here in the past finishing second in the 1987 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and contending on several other occasions He shot a 71 in Friday's practice round and followed it up with a 74 on Saturday and a 75 on Sunday The fabled course already tough with its narrow fairways and deep rough figures to be even more difficult when the USGA gets through with it "If you think the rough's deep now just wait five more weeks" said Reg Murphy chairman of the USGA's championship committee Stewart who in the past has been critical of the way the USGA sets up its US Open courses smiled and shook his head "That's what the USGA does well" he said "They grow good rough It's Pebble Beach It's gonna be hard The rough is very sufficient right now but it'll be higher in June People will complain about it being unfair But if Continued from page El sibility of scholarships "We're not intending to move in that direction" he said UC Davis plans to keep its membership in the Division II Northern California Athletic Conference until it follows through on a proposal to begin compliance with Division I rules in the fall of 1993 By the fall of 1995 UCD expects to be a Division I member UC Davis will participate in the annual NCAC meeting Wednesday Some NCAC schools have been dropping sports because of budget problems making it difficult for Davis to find opponents in some sports But the NCAC received an unexpected boost last week when students at Chico State approved - — ther-manager said his onlynotivation in dealing with another promoter "is to keep Tony active: He's 29 now and I'd like him to get a title shot before too much-timé goes by" Lopez Sr said he's asked Frazier to make a non-refundable deposit of $100000 this week in "good-faith money" before he'll make a commitment to fight in Stockton Frazier insisted he has investors to guarantee Lopez purse but sounds reluctant tdpost a deposit until he can guarantee suitable opponent : John Montano an Ari-zina- based WBO official said Thobela has until June 14 to agree to a defense or be stripped of hisAlt16 According to Montano Lopez could then be considered for a ti:- tie-elimination bout - - Meanwhile Chargin spgaking from his home in Los Angeles said he would make no attempt to interfere with another promoter's efforts For the last few months' Char-gin also has been at work on a lightweight title fight for Lopez He said he may have an an:- nouncement later this week- regarding the availability of a summer title match for Lopez inJhe WBO and World Boxing Association AM Stewart: He's looking:" for first win since Open I ISA - you spend much time in it—you won't win the golf tournament anyway" The US Open was previgusly played at Pebble Beach in 1972 and 1982 but Stewart failed to qualify for the '82 Open and is not sure what to expect in terms of weather when he returns next month The Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is played in either late January or early FebruarY:each year "I've never been here in June before" Stewart said "It miklit be foggy in the morning and the wind might come up in the afternoon You never know what to expect when you're next to the oceardike this" t Stewart won last year's US Open by defeating Scott Simpson in an 18-hole playoff at Hazeltine shooting a 75 to Simpson's-77 Stewart trailed Simpson by two shots entering the 16th hole but pulled even with his lone birdie of the playoff He wound up winning by two strokes when Simpson bogeyed the three final holes' - "I don't think Pebble will hj as tough as Hazeltine was (in Monday's playoff)" Stewart said "Everyone looks at the scores wct shot and says 'Man what kind of golf was that? Those guys barely broke 80' But people don't realize how tough that golf course was" ' Masters champion Fred 'Cnupies and Davis Love III havk been the hottest golfers in 1992'iwinning three tournaments apiece but Stewart picked Mark O'Meara as the favorite for this year's Open O'Meara has won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Ann three of the last four years andfour times overall "O'Meara has a better record than anyone here" Stewartsaid "He's licking his chops" Stewart will play four striright tournaments beginning with this week's Byron Nelson Classic"hefore taking off the week before the US Open He hopes to get things straightened out by the time he returns to the Monterey Peninsula in mid-June "I spent 34 years dreaming about becoming the US Open champion" Stewart said "hope fully it won't take me another 34 years to do it again" Aggies: They plan appeal a fee hike of $40 per semesteç to save the school's sports programs UC Davis has hesitated ie ask students for a fee increase to Tay for a scholarship program although Hullar said a fee hike seems imminent just to maintain the current athletic program However Williams said therb is no comparison between Phico State's problems and UC Davis! 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