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A Hall of Famer, ring or no ring

Updated: February 11, 2005, 10:26 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Delivery of a certified retirement confirmation came late. Way late. Weeks later than the teams awaiting this notification probably deserved.

Nevertheless ...

In the end, Karl Malone proved to be the reliable Mailman of yesteryear.

He eventually got it here, and he got it right.

It might have taken more than half a season for him to consent to a retirement news conference, but it finally registered with Mailman this week. He ultimately realized that a comeback ...

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