Karl Malone Rumors

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Karl Malone
Karl Malone
Position: None
Born: 07/24/63
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:255 lbs. / 116.1 kg.
Karl Malone on what he wants to get off his chest: “I want to say something that’s haunted me for a lot of years. I must admit something. I really and truly was so disappointed that the Mavericks didn’t draft me. It worked out great for me in Utah, so I’d like to come clean here and say something. I must admit that my first 10 years playing against the Mavericks I wanted to beat them really bad. I got to say that and get it off my chest.”
On why he wanted to play for the Mavs: “Because they had me out, before they [the NBA] had restrictions, seven or eight times before the draft to the point that I was just convinced they were going to draft me. But they didn’t. And I wanted to be close to home. But you know what, I was still close to home. I just went to Utah. I just always growing up wanted to play for the Mavericks because I had the opportunity to play at the next level. But they didn’t. So it hurt my feelings for about 10 years, but it worked out unbelievably for me in Utah as you know.”
Many have decried the former players’ stance, including Barkley’s “Inside The NBA” co-host Kenny Smith. The two even had a frank on-air discussion about it. Despite the backlash, Barkley has not backed down from his position, and neither did Malone on Wednesday. “Stop using the excuse about race,” Malone said. “I am sick and tired that every time you turn around, that’s what we dangle … Our problem now is we do so much talking and beating things to death. Let’s take ownership in ourselves … stop waiting for someone to come in and march for us.”