NBA Finals Notebook
Worm to battle Mailman in WCW tag-team match
Posted: Saturday June 13, 1998 07:02 PM
Rodman has previously appeared in wrestling matches (AP)|
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For Karl Malone and
Rodman, the NBA Finals are just the undercard to their own main event.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Saturday that Malone and Rodman
will square off in a pay-per-view wrestling event in San Diego on July 12.
It'll be a tag-team match pitting Rodman and Hollywood Hulk Hogan against
Malone and either Randy "The Macho Man" Savage or Malone's close personal
friend, Diamond Dallas Page.
The contracts for the World Championship Wrestling event have already
been signed, the Tribune reported. Rodman has previously appeared in
wrestling matches, and sports superstars like Reggie White have also gone
into the ring in the past.
Rodman made headlines last week when he appeared, cigar in hand, with
Hogan for a WCW event at Auburn Hills, Mich., on Monday, the day after
Chicago's blowout victory in Game 3. Rodman was fined for missing practice.
Malone is a well-known wrestling aficionado. His mother, Shirley Turner,
is also a great fan of the sport. The Mailman said last month that he
wouldn't mind stepping into the ring when the WCW tour comes to Utah this
What, no golf?
It was a beautiful, sunny day in Chicago on Saturday, and yet there was
Jordan, stuck inside without a golf club in sight.
Jordan, a golf nut, is usually one of the first players out the door
after practice on nice days. Instead, he stuck around for a little
one-on-one with Ron
Simpkins, Scott Burrell
"I anticipated drinking so much champagne that I really didn't have a tee
time," he said after Friday's 83-81 loss. "I didn't really think about
Besides, the Bulls had places to go. After a short practice, the players
went home to pack for an afternoon flight to Utah, where Game 6 will be
played Sunday at the Delta Center.
No pictures, please
Some say Malone plays better when he's angry. If that's the case, the
Jazz are looking good in Game 6.
Malone is a well-known wrestling aficionado (AP)||
Malone earned a technical foul Friday when he shoved Rodman after making
a layup in the second quarter. The shove seemed fairly innocent by that
pair's standards, and Malone vehemently argued with referee Joe Crawford.
He then proceeded to pick up steam, along with his familiar scowl. Malone
scored 17 points in the third quarter and finished with 39. After the game,
he conducted an abrupt, expletive-filled press conference carried live in
Salt Lake City.
On Saturday at the end of Utah's brief practice, Malone became angry
again when a cameraman from a Chicago television station began to film
while Malone was shooting.
Malone accused the cameraman of "trying to make a name for yourself" and
then stalked out of practice without speaking to reporters.
don't want the pick
The Jazz apparently won't be taking the Orlando Magic's 13th pick
in this month's NBA draft. Utah had the option to claim the pick as part of
a trade that sent Felton Spencer
to Orlando two years ago.
Vice president of basketball operations Scott Layden decided against
taking the pick because of this year's relatively shallow draft pool and
the uncertain lockout situation. The Jazz will automatically receive
Orlando's first-round pick in next year's draft.
The Utah Jazz scored
53 points in the second half of Game 5, one shy of the 54 they scored in
all of Game 3. Utah's total in Game 3 was the lowest for a team in a
regular-season or playoff game since the introduction of the 24-second shot
clock for the 1954-55 season. ... Neither team has scored 30 points in a
quarter during the finals. Utah's 29 points in the third quarter of Game 5
was the most so far. ... The loss was the first at home in the NBA Finals
for Chicago since June 18, 1993, when Phoenix won Game 5 in the last game
at the old Chicago Stadium. Chicago had won eight straight at home in the
Among the stars who turned out for Friday's game was movie critic Gene
Siskel, who underwent brain surgery last month.
Siskel, who wore a Bulls baseball hat and looked a little thinner, was
back in his courtside seat. Next to him was Jack Nicholson, a fixture in
the front row for Los
Angeles Lakers games.
"For months people have been asking me if Michael is coming back," Siskel
told the Chicago Sun-Times. "And I say, `Yes, he is.' And they say,
`How can you say that for sure?' And I say, `Because it makes me feel
Also spotted in the crowd were NBA stars Grant Hill and Kevin Johnson;
San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice; actress-director Penny Marshall,
wearing her customary Rodman jersey; and motivational guru Tony Robbins.
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