Moses Malone Rumors
He talks to retired stars such as Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, who stress to him the importance of a post-basketball career. He’ll dial up Moses Malone, who introduced him to golf and even Spencer Haywood, who became the first underclassman to play in the NBA after a landmark Supreme Court case. “Have a plan,” said Billups. “Boredom is what gets you in trouble.” He’ll always have golf. And he’s getting better.
Former Rockets coach Del Harris, the Rockets 50th anniversary honoree for Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, was thrilled with the honor and especially happy to share it with two of his four children and four of his 15 grandchildren. But he could not help but think of the star of his 1981 NBA Finals team who passed last year. “That’s the biggest disappointment, that Moses (Malone) won’t be here,” Harris said. “We remained close the rest of his life. People may or may not remember, but I signed him up for the Milwaukee Bucks at the end of his career. We stayed in contact. In fact, I talked with him on the Thursday and Friday of the weekend that he died at the Hall of Fame. I’ll miss him.”
James needs a basket to surpass Malone (27,409 points) as the eighth leading scorer in history. Way, way back when, on Oct. 29, 2003, to be precise, on the afternoon of James’ first game as a pro, in Sacramento, Malone joined James in his hotel room for a pre-game meal and chat that James remembers today. “Just talked about what it’s like to be a rookie in the league,” James said before the Cavs’ morning shootaround in Milwaukee. “He gave me a bunch of stories, and so it was very sad when I seen him pass.