INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Michael Jordan insists it was just a big misunderstanding.
The Chicago Bulls' demonstrative superstar said he was not taunting the Los Angeles Lakers during Wednesday night's 107-86 blowout in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
"I wasn't pointing fingers or trying to do anything disrespectful," Jordan said in reply to Lakers guard Byron Scott's accusations of hot-dogging. "I wasn't saying anything to any of their players. It was more or less self-motivation and excitement at what I did [an acrobatic fourth-quarter basket]. I can't see anything wrong with that."
* Scalp treatment: If you're desperate for a ticket to watch the Air-Magic show at The Great Western Forum, you'd better be a big spender. Seats regularly priced from $27.50 to $105 were being sold by ticket brokers from $125 to $1,250 for games 3, 4 and 5.
And if you want to mingle at courtside with Jack Nicholson, Dyan Cannon and John McEnroe, expect to pay the scalpers up to $2,500 for this $475 seat.
"It's been the biggest championship series of all time," said Harris Rosner, owner of VIP tickets in suburban Los Angeles. "You've got the game's two biggest stars from two of the biggest cities. That doesn't happen too often."
* Get the point? Bulls center Bill Cartwright is considered one of the NBA's most dangerous big men. No, not because of his scoring or rebounding skills, but because of his razor-sharp elbows.
During the season, Cartwright put the Houston Rockets' Hakeem Olajuwon (broken eye socket) out of action for several months and decked Fred Roberts of the Milwaukee Bucks and Greg Kite of the Orlando Magic with inadvertent elbows.
It reached the point where the league considered making the 7-footer play with elbow pads. Cartwright declined, and has managed to avoid any incidents in the playoffs.
"Bill hits you with elbows more than any other part of his body," said Lakers reserve center Mychal Thompson. "But it's not intentional or malicious. He's just very active. But you want to play defense against him with your arms and legs, not your neck."