Of course at this point, I only believe "retirements" when the season starts and the guy isn't playing. Call it the Clemens rule...
But would it surprise anybody, if he truly wants to play, if Malone showed up back in Utah under the million-dollar exemption?
God Bless Ronald Reagan, and may he rest in peace...
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For decades, American had waged a Cold War, and few believed it could possibly end in our own lifetimes. The president was one of those few. And it was the vision and the will of Ronald Reagan that gave hope to the oppressed, shamed the oppressors and ended an evil empire . . . Ronald Reagan was more than a historic figure. He was a providential man who came along just when our nation and the world most needed him.
Fellow Americans, here lies a graceful and a gallant man. - Dick Cheney, 6/9/2004
Reagan had a rare and prized gift called leadership, that ineffable and sometimes magical quality that sets some men and women apart so that millions will follow them as they conjure up grand visions and invite their countrymen to dream big and exciting dreams.-Brian Mulroney, 6/11/2004
I would be throughly suprised if he returned to play for Utah. He's already shown that he's more about winning than money, so I cant see why he'd relocate his whole family all over again back to sorry-ass Utah, just to play for the same salary he was getting with the Lakers on top of that.
50 or 60 million buys a nice translator and pays the phone bill. This would do wonders for the Europeans who would like to play in the NBA, but don't have enough exposure, as I am sure scouting would be turned up a notch or two.