SBD/1/Leagues Governing Bodies


          In an "unsightly scene" near the conclusion of last
     night's Heat-Knicks game, Heat C Alonzo Mourning and Knicks
     F Larry Johnson were "taking swings at each other like
     prizefighters," with Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy "hanging
     onto Mourning's leg beneath the fray," according to Selena
     Roberts of the N.Y. TIMES.  The league will review films of
     the melee today before making a determination on whether any
     players will be suspended for the fifth and final game on
     Sunday in Miami.  But Johnson said that he was "already
     anticipating a suspension by the league."  Van Gundy: "I am
     embarrassed for both organizations and for the league" (N.Y.
     TIMES, 5/1).  One NBA official told Kevin Kernan of the N.Y.
     POST that "both players will be suspended for Sunday's game"
     (N.Y. POST, 5/1).  In N.Y., George Willis writes that while
     the players are at fault, the game officials allowed "play
     to get so rough that emotions finally exploded."  Willis:
     "The NBA should be embarrassed" (N.Y. POST, 5/1).  After the
     game, MSG President Dave Checketts said, "I'm so sick of
     this.  We're supposed to be celebrating an incredible win.
     ... And now all we have is a circus" (DAILY NEWS, 5/1). 
     More Checketts: "We talk about sportsmanship and role models
     and all that stuff, I think sometimes I've given up hope
     about that" (N.Y. POST, 5/1).

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