Associated Press
Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Scottie Pippen, right, points to fellow inductee Karl Malone's short jacket sleeves during the enshrinement news conference at the Hall of Fame Museum in Springfield, Mass. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Karl Malone had some chuckles during the annual Hall of Fame jacket ceremony Friday morning.

He tried on his coat only to discover it was too small. The sleeves rested several inches above his wrists, and the shoulders were tailored too tightly.

He held the snug-fitting navy blue blazer with an embroidered Hall of Fame patch up to his chest during photo ops with a smile before putting it on.

The wardrobe malfunction elicited a comment that brought back memories of Greg Ostertag.

"Look," Malone said, "I'll go on the record and tell you that's not because I'm a fat (a--)."

In classic Malone fashion, The Mailman gave the jacket to a youngster sitting in a wheelchair next to the podium.

The little mishap certainly didn't get in the way of him enjoying a special day.

"It's all good," Malone said. "The jacket is fine. I just want the patch off of it."

—Jody Genessy