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SPORTS/The Charlotte Post
Thursday, May 15, 1997
Bulls turn it up against Hawks
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games, he has received 34 fouls
and 11 technicals while averag
ing only 6.1 rebounds - exactly
10 fewer than his regular-season
“It’s very unfair that they’ve
singled out one person in the
league,” Rodman said. “They
want to knock me down. Fm
being blackballed.”
Several others have stepped in
to play weU at power forward.
Jackson has been starting Jason
CafFey, who had 18 points and 16
rebounds in two games. Brian
WUliams performed admirably
at both forward and center. 'Ibni
Kukoc, who has more of a small
forward’s game, created
matchup problems for Atlanta.
Chicago forward Dennis Rodman, battling Atlanta’s Christian Laettner for position In Game 5 of their
Eastern Conference semifinal series, leads the Bulls in technical fouls in the playoffs. But the Bulls feel
he’s being singled out by the NBA and Its referees for past behavior.
Sonics try to overcome 3-1 deficit
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coming the deficit and going on to their second con
secutive NBA title.
“It’s not over,” said Barkley, now helping to anchor
the Rockets’ frontcourt. “We can’t afford to relax
and let them back into the series.”
Barkley apparently took another lesson away
from the 1995 Phoenix-Houston series. At the time,
the Suns forward quipped, “We’re in the butt-kick
ing business, and business is good.”
No such remarks followed Houston’s overtime vic
tory over Seattle on Sunday.
“They’re not dead until we loll them,” Barkley
said. “Fve been in this situation before and lost. But
I didn’t have Clyde (Drexler) and Dream (Hakeem
Olajuwon) on my side then. I like our chances.”
Barkley downplayed any desperation the Sonics
might be feeling.
“We’re desperate, too,” he said. “There is a fine
fine, because we could easily be down 3-1. You take
a few plays here and there and it could be different,
so we’re going out ready.”
Another reason not to count Seattle out is the
Sonics were down 2-1 before beating Phoenix in the
best-of-5 first round.
“We just have to come out and put everything out
on the court again,” said AU-Star forward Shawn
Kemp. “It’s similar to the Phoenix series on how it
comes down.”
And don’t forget that Seattle is the only team ever
to eliminate a Rudy Tbmjanovich-coached team in
the playoffs. The SuperSonics have done it twice.
Then there’s that other streak. The Rockets, who
won Game 1 in this series, are 16-0 when winning
the first game of a playoff series.
Seattle coach George Karl said the Sonics’ “only
goal is to get one game.”
“We’ve been here before,” Karl said. “It’s neat that
they (Rockets) came back from 1-3 and won a cham
pionship. That’s why you play the game.”
Ethnic humor no laughing matter
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addressed didn’t take objection,
why get so upset about it?” the
professor wondered.
“Because they are pubhc fig
ures and anyone involved in the
public arena has to be sensitive,”
Jacobson said. “There is a public
impact. They are not private
people. Like it or not, they must
take responsibility for what they
Later, Isringhausen seemed
“I need to apologize for my
comment, if it offended anyone,”
he said. “It was insensitive.
Anyone who knows me knows
I’m not like that. I didn’t intend
to hurt anyone, especially a close
friend like Jay. I won’t say any
thing like that again.”
That part is encoiu-aging to
“We’ve made some progress,”
he said. “At least now there is an
immediate outcry and a need to
apologize. We have certain stan
dards we didn’t have years ago.
We still have a way to go.
“As we celebrate the 50th
anniversary of Jackie Robinson,
it is a milestone for sports and
society. We ought to be celebrat
ing it with positive action.”
Sting names 11 to join original eight
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• Janet Harris, 6-0, center, Georgia;
• Dafrie Lee, 6-0, guard, Maryland;
• Nicole Levesque, 5-4, guard. Wake Forest;
• Penny Moore, 6-0, forward. Long Beach State
• Katasha Artis, 6-1, Northeastern
• Tia Paschal, 6-1, forward, Florida State
• Irina Routkovskaya, 5-10, guard, Russia
• Susie Hopson-Shelton, 6-2, center. Mars Hill
• Dorma Harrington, 6-2, center. Old Dominion
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