From Peter Vescey in Sunday’s New York Post :

Is Karl Malone’s jersey retirement filibuster almost over? During Thursday’s halftime ceremony he thanked everybody at least seven or eight times excepting Vanessa Bryant and Isiah Thomas’ cut man.

The Mailman says he has but one fervent wish: to enter the Hall of Fame alongside pick-and-roll partner John Stockton. Here’s hoping Springfield’s authorities either hold up a year on voting in Stockton or advance his eligibility by a year.

Nice touch by Larry H. Miller, who unveiled a sculptured likeness of Malone outside the Delta center next to one of Stockton. “It was half empty out here,” the owner deftly noted.

Isiah was so moved he wants to pay tribute in the same manner to Jerome James. However, league rules prohibit building a 1,000-pound statue to honor another thousand-pound statue.

I see James more as the runway model for the Statute Of Limitations. Go ahead, ruin my day; tell me there’s another NBA center flaunting fewer rebounds (83) than fouls (88).

For those keeping track, Vescey’s already served up the statue gag, though it was at the expense of Carlos Boozer the last time.