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Magic considers retirement

The disappointment of a 3-1 deficit in the finals has Magic Johnson, 31, thinking he might consider retirement after the series. "I have three weeks off after this is over and I'll sit down and decide what to do," Johnson said after the Lakers' practice Tuesday. "I might decide to leave after this season, or it might be one or two more years.

"There becomes a point when you say, "I think I'm tired of traveling. I'm tired of giving things up,' You always wonder how much longer you want to go, even if you're not really thinking of quitting."

Scott, Worthy questionable

The Lakers could be without guard Byron Scott and forward James Worthy tonight for Game 5.

Scott sustained a bruised right shoulder when he slipped on a wet spot during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. Although X-rays were negative, Scott said the pain continues.

Worthy, who left Game 4 late in the third quarter after aggravating his sprained left ankle, said he won't know if he can play until right before tipoff.

Winning on the road

If Chicago clinches the title tonight at the Forum, the Bulls will become the third consecutive team to win the NBA title on the road. Detroit wrapped up the 1989 title at the Forum and the Pistons clinched the 1990 championship at Portland.

Paxson is paying off

Bulls guard John Paxson is the biggest bargain in the finals.

When the Bulls signed him in October 1985 as a free agent from San Antonio, Chicago erased a debt due from the Artis Gilmore trade years earlier because the Spurs had agreed not to match the Bulls' offer to Paxson.

Paxson, a free agent who hopes to re-sign with the Bulls, is making less than $400,000 this season.

Paxson is averaging 11.8 points and shooting 62.2 percent from the floor in the series.

Where to celebrate

Chicago politicians are questioning Mayor Richard Daley's plans for a likely victory parade for the Bulls along the city's lakefront.

Alderman Lawrence Bloom said the parade should be run through the West and South Sides of the city, where poor children who have no hope of getting Bulls tickets can at least see the players up close.

"If we do have a rally for the Bulls, why don't we have them go through minority neighborhoods where the people who can't see the games live and work?" Bloom told the Chicago Tribune.

Daley has no objections to a parade in any neighborhood, but he wishes to avoid the traffic problems experienced during the Chicago Bears' Super Bowl parade in 1986.

_ Information from Times staff writer John Harris and the Associated Press was used in this report.