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NBA NOTES: MALONE, RODMAN PLAN TO WRESTLE.

Byline: Associated Press

For Karl Malone and Dennis 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 will 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 made headlines last week when he appeared 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 summer.

What, no golf? It was a beautiful, sunny day in Chicago on Saturday, and yet there was Michael 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 Harper, Dickey Simpkins, Scott Burrell and Randy Brown.

``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 golf.''

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 today at the Delta Center.

They 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.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 14, 1998
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