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WHAT WAS THAT SWINGING FROM ZO'S LEG? HIGHLIGHTS AT 11:00
Published May 1, 1998
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).