Karl Malone RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:255 lbs. / 116.1 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:255 lbs. / 116.1 kg.
NBA legend Karl Malone knew how to dunk the ball with style as he would hit the air, put his hand behind his head and tomahawk the ball right through the basket. It was his signature dunk and Eric Griffin of the D-League’s Texas Legends paid tribute to “The Mailman” in a recent game versus the Reno Bighorns!
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.”
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.”
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.”
“I echo his sentiments exactly,” Malone told host Marc Lamont Hill. “We need to look in the mirror ourselves and stop waiting on someone to come march on our behalf. Take ownership ourself, make our community better and stop looking for a handout. Do something about it yourself that you can control.”
While he doesn’t harbor ill feelings toward Bryant today, Malone said he’s still willing to sort things out between them. “We had a little issue,” Malone told host Marc Lamont Hill. “I don’t hold grudges … I love Westerns. I’m old-school Western. Back in the day, when you had a beef, you didn’t go get guns and knives … we just go back in the back with no cameras and knuckle up. Get it over with.” Hill pressed Malone if he offered Bryant that route to resolution. “It’s a standing offer,” Malone said. “Look, I don’t want no trouble. I don’t have a problem. People say whatever they want to say and that’s great. I’m 6-9, 272 [pounds] to be exact. I’m not hard to find. I don’t want no trouble. But if something got to go down, I’m not playing fair.”
In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, fellow NBA legend Karl Malone took Barkley’s side. “I echo his sentiments exactly,” Malone told host Marc Lamont Hill. “We need to look in the mirror ourselves and stop waiting on someone to come march on our behalf. Take ownership ourself, make our community better and stop looking for a handout. Do something about it yourself that you can control.”
Malone may have outscored Barkley by 13,171 points (and Barkley even trails Malone in points per game), but according to more advanced metrics, there’s little doubt that Barkley was the better player. Over a common range of ages (22-36), Barkley was worth about 2.1 more points per 100 possessions to his team’s efficiency differential than Malone (in the estimation of Box Plus/Minus) and produced about 10 more wins of Value Over Replacement Player (VORP). For BPM nonbelievers, Barkley also leads in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Win Shares per 48 minutes.
Duncan pulled down 10 rebounds to move past Walt Bellamy for 10th on the career list, with 14,250. He added 16 points for the 814th double-double of his career, tying former rival Karl Malone for fifth on the all-time list. “He’s an incredible, incredible specimen,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “And when I say specimen, I don’t mean physical. Just mental toughness, his spirit, his professionalism. It’s unparalleled.”
Mike Trudell: Kobe said he talked to Michael Jordan after passing MJ for 3rd on the scoring list, and among MJ’s messages was: “Go get Karl (Malone).”
Mark Medina: Kobe on what’s most important to him:”playing for the respect of the greats & feeling I’m a part of that culture & part of that brotherhood”
Ramona Shelburne: Kobe is some 4000 points away from Malone and 6000 points from KAJ. I asked him after the game if he’d play long enough to catch either one. Kobe laughed & said, “Oh my god. Do you have any idea how much my body hurts day to day? I’m no spring chicken. It’s good to be out here.”
Kevin Ding: Kobe told me before he has “zero” relationship with Karl Malone, once his buddy until Vanessa said Karl hit on her.
But with a stated intention of not playing beyond next season, reaching Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 is almost unimaginable for No. 24. In fact, Scott doesn’t see anyone catching Abdul-Jabbar. “I think that’s gonna stand for a while,” Scott said. “I don’t think in our lifetime we’re going to see it being broken. … It’s going to be hard for somebody to break that. They’re going to have to play 20-something years I think to get that one.” Karl Malone is second on the career scoring list with 36,928.
If Bryant stays near his current pace for the rest of this season and next, he’ll not only pass Jordan before his current deal is done, he’ll start getting within striking distance of Karl Malone’s 36,928 points, second on the all-time list. It will take more work than Bryant is currently under contract for to approach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record of 38,387 points. (Bryant shared his feelings about passing Jordan, with whom he has a close relationship, in a solid bit of reporting last week by Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding.) It has not been a topic of conversation in the locker room. “When he does pass it,” Kupchak said, “it’s a testimony to consistency and playing at a high level for a long time. I think that’s nice, but I think we all know that he would trade that for a team that competes for the playoffs or a championship.”
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One of the most vicious hits in Pistons history didn’t come from the Bad Boys. It came from Jazz forward Karl Malone, who elbowed Isiah Thomas in the face during a 1991 game in Salt Lake City. And two decades later, Thomas remains bitter. “I think it was the dirtiest play I have experienced in the game of basketball in my life,” Thomas said of the play, which happened on a Pistons pick-and-roll with Malone rotating to cover the middle. “I don’t think I’ve seen anything as vicious and as intentional to a player. I still don’t understand it.” Thomas needed 47 stitches. His head swelled up, and even though he returned to play seven minutes, he was hospitalized and missed two games. “My head; it was just ugly,” Thomas said. “When I got home my wife started crying. There was so much swelling on my head.”
Whatever the reason, it’s a blow everyone remembers. “It was horrific,” Thomas said. “That was the cheapest (bleep) in my mind in the history of the game.”
The Sears Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA Legend on each team. […] Two teams representing the Western Conference and two teams representing the Eastern Conference will compete in the 2014 Sears Shooting Stars. Joining Durant, the three-time NBA scoring champ (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) on one Western Conference team are Hall of Famer Karl Malone and the No. 3 overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock. Curry is joined on the second West team by his father, NBA Legend Dell Curry, and six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Stars. The East stand-ins for one team are Tim Hardaway Jr. from the New York Knicks, his father and NBA Legend, Tim Hardaway Sr., and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Della Donne. Two-time NBA champion Bosh is joined by Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins and three-time WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash of the Chicago Sky.
Remember that bitter rivalry between Trail Blazers forward Brian Grant and Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone? The face-to-face “talk” that escalated during Game 5 of the 1999 Western Conference semifinals? It took a fundraiser benefiting Grant’s fight against Parkinson’s disease, a two-day fishing trip to Alaska and years to mend, but it’s finally a thing of the past. Want proof? Check out this nice video the Blazers have released on their youtube channel: