Apparently, Karl Malone hasn't seen the last of Dennis Rodman - even following the conclusion of the NBA Finals.
ESPN's David Aldredge is reporting that the Mailman and the Worm have signed a contract to wrestle one another as part of a tag-team match in July. Rodzilla and the Great Maloni will compete as part of "The Great American Bash," a July pay-per-view extravaganza.According to Aldredge, the Great Maloni will team with Diamond Dallas Page, who's feature wrestling move is known as the "Diamond Cutter." Rodzilla will be paired with wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan.
No word yet if the Great Maloni will employ to the same take down hold he used on Rodzilla for a questionable foul during near the end of the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Game 4.
A PECULIAR PEOPLE: Move over Rodman, you've got company when it comes to disliking fans of your NBA Final opponent. Bulls coach Phil Jackson said he wanted to wrap the series up Friday to avoid taking their "tails out to the Delta Center and being abused by the wonderful Mormon fans who I love out there."
INTERESTING OFFER: Actor Jeremy Piven, who is a devout Bulls fan, offered a speaking role on an episode of his new television series "Cupid" in exchange for a pair of seats in the first 12 rows for Game 5. Piven spent much of Game 4 on press row.
Some folks, it seems, are unwilling to pay for anything.
TITANTIC PROJECT: NBA Entertainment announced they have used more than one million feet of film in shooting a documentary on the Chicago Bulls. That exceeds the amount used to film the motion picture "Titanic."
TV CAMPAIGN: Throughout the day, Chicagoland television stations ran a public service advertisement asking fans to "Celebrate with Dignity" should the Bulls win the NBA championship. Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson and Dennis Rodman appear on the appeal for common sense to prevail.
SPACE JAMMERS: Comedian Bill Murray, who co-starred in the movie "Space Jam" with Michael Jordan, was among the credentialed media attending the series in Chicago. He filed reports for the television show "NBA Inside Stuff."
Before Game 4, Murray and Jordan discussed a common passion - golf.
"Basketball is a career; you play golf for life," Murray told reporters. "Hopefully you have your heart attack on a golf course."
Murray, however, hopes his pal isn't ready to join him at the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach each January.
"I hope it's not too soon," Murray said. "That would mean he's not playing basketball."
NICE GUY, REALLY: Dennis Rodman probably ranks somewhere between I-15 reconstruction and the state legislature on most Utahn's list of irritants.
The Worm, or Rodzilla if you will, has acknowledged the feeling is mutual. However, in recent days, Rodman has proven to be quite a nice guy. Last week, he sent an autographed basketball to a woman in Twin Falls, Idaho who requested it for her autistic 3-year-old son.
"When Dennis Rodman sent that to me I sat and cried because that meant the world to me," Tammy Castillo, a mother of seven, told the Chicago Tribune.
"It was like, he cares. Someone actually cares."
Rodman also stepped up with an offer to pay for the funeral of James Byrd, the 49-year-old black man who was murdered by white supermacists in Texas.
"It's a shame when something like this happens and people don't really acknowledged it. They just kind of blow it off," Rodman said. "I am hoping that people look at me in a different light."
RING THING: Bulls coach Phil Jackson is keeping with a tradition he started three years ago - wearing his championship ring from the previous season. Now he's sporting last year's ring, which is gold with a diamond Bulls logo.
Jackson said the rings are hard to wear.
"It weighs about a pound," he said. "You can't clap your hands or try to touch anybody on the head. It's like a weapon, almost. And it gets caught on everything. It takes about three weeks to finally adjust to wearing it. The interesting thing about it is having worn all of these rings, it's so significant that it becomes a part of you and a reflection of each championship."
Jackson began wearing the rings before the Bulls beat Seattle for their fourth championship in 1996. He wore the ring from championship No. 3 against Phoenix in 1993. It wasn't Jackson's favorite ring.
"We ve got a third championship ring that I just didn't want to wear," Jackson said. "It was a red `Bull.' It was the most gaudy championship ring I'd ever seen. It was very difficult for me to wear. Finally, when I put it on, we won another championship."