Share this article

print logo


NBA commissioner David Stern hopes to add a women's game to the McDonald's Championships and is confident of eventually giving the women their own event.

"I think we have the capacity to have some game at the next McDonald's and then a tournament shortly thereafter," Stern said Friday.

Stern said he envisions an exhibition game between a group of WNBA All-Stars and a European All-Star team at the next McDonald's Championship in two years.

Russ Granik, who heads USA Basketball, looked to next year and the World Basketball Championships in Greece.

He said within the next few weeks there will be an announcement of the first 10 players for Team USA, and said he and Stern are looking for an additional exhibition in Europe in addition to a game already scheduled in Rome next July.

On the court, the Chicago Bulls, even at half strength, found their way into another championship game.

This time it is the McDonald's finals after an 89-82 victory over stubborn French champions Paris-St. Germain on Friday.

European champion Olympiakos drew the other spot in the finals after defeating Argentina's Atenas de Cordoba in the other semifinal, 89-86, on a four-point play with 9.6 seconds to play by Lithuanian Arturas Karnisovas.

Michael Jordan, whose presence has drawn 1,000 reporters to Paris -- more than for the NBA finals -- finished with 28 points and got wild cheers even for the unspectacular.

Luc Longley added 14 for the Bulls and Stephane Risacher had 14 for Paris-St. Germain.

The Bulls, with Scottie Pippen recovering from foot surgery and Dennis Rodman ill started Jason Caffey and Randy Brown in place of their two missing stars.

Shaq loyal to Reebok

LOS ANGELES -- Shaq will slam but he'd rather not swoosh.

Shaquille O'Neal put tape over the Nike logo on his team warmup suit because the Los Angeles Lakers center is under contract with rival Reebok.

"Shaq issued a symbolic statement of loyalty to the companies that are his marketing partners," O'Neal's agent, Leonard Armato, told The Associated Press today.

Armato said his client taped over the swoosh "once or twice during practices and media events," but would not violate NBA rules on team logos.

Reebok says the 7-foot-1 star is acting on his own.

A logo flap became a source of conflict with the Dream Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Michael Jordan, aligned with Nike, did not want to wear a rival sponsor's warmup jacket during the medal ceremony. He and other players hid the logo by draping flags over it.

There are no comments - be the first to comment