SCOREBOARD
Monday, June 2
No games scheduled. The NBA finals begin Thursday night in Boston.

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIES
Joe Axelson, a former executive and general manager for the Cincinnati Royals who remained with the NBA team when the franchise moved first to Kansas City-Omaha and became the Kings, then later shifted to Sacramento, has died. He was 80. Axelson received the NBA's first executive of the year award, in 1973 as GM of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.

SPEAKING
``I saw my first Celtics-Lakers rivalry game in 1969. I never had a hatred for them. When I was in high school, I was a Celtics fan. I got to meet (then-Boston stars) Bill Russell, (John) Havlicek, (Bob) Cousy, those guys, when I was in ninth grade.'' - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, referring to a matchup in the NBA finals a few months after he completed his college career at UCLA. The Lakers play the Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday.

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