HoopsHype Karl Malone rumors

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In a live phone interview with CNN, former Utah Jazz star Karl Malone didn't mince words when revealing his opinion of Jason Collins becoming the first active professional athlete to openly announce being gay. "I think everybody should embrace what he did," Malone said. "That is his business. I support it." Malone cited his openly gay brother-in-law, saying he loves him "as kin." He repeatedly emphasized his opinions were his own, while saying "I can really care less what somebody else's opinion is. I'm speaking on behalf of Karl Anthony Malone." Deseret News

April 5, 2013 Updates

"I think you should never anticipate going in unless you're Michael Jordan or John Stockton or Karl Malone or someone like that," he said. "I'm happy for everyone who got in." Among those who formally will be named for induction Monday is Gary Payton, who will become the first former Heat player to be enshrined in Springfield. Payton helped the Heat win the 2006 NBA title, also spending the following season with the team. "I'm happy for Gary," Hardaway said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 7, 2013 Updates

Nate Robinson seems one of those guys who wears clothes a size too small so that he can pretend he's big. The Chicago Bulls guard is the shortest player in the NBA at 5 feet, 9 inches, but he also is the only three-time champion of the All-Star weekend slam dunk contest. He plays guard but works on his muscular build, as powerful as most centers'. He dunked over Dwight Howard just to feel big (and win one of those contests). The NBA's Napoleon delivered again Wednesday in a 101-83 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, giving us the most relaxed layup in the world, in an impression of Karl Malone's most relaxed dunk ever. USA Today Sports

February 20, 2013 Updates

One of the things about my game, though, was that I could do all my stuff on my own. I think I'm in the top 20 of players of all time. You take Karl [Malone] -- he needed John Stockton. That's not a knock on Karl. I didn't need a point guard. I could get mine any time I wanted to. I'll say it on the record: I was better than Karl. He was great. I was better. The only thing he could do better than me was score and that came down to John Stockton. SI.com

February 7, 2013 Updates

Malone has no doubt if the Jazz's former coach was still in charge — or is again elsewhere someday — he'd be in a gym teaching bigs how it's done. "If coach (Jerry) Sloan ever got another coaching job, I would be with him sometime," he said. "End of story." And, yes, he told Olsen and Rust he's not just popping off for fun about this idea. "I'm being dead serious about this," Malone said. "I don't want no cameras around. I would be more than willing to come." Deseret News

December 3, 2012 Updates

Apparently, Karl Malone likes bowling more than his alma mater's football team does. Louisiana Tech reportedly turned down an invitation to participate in the Independence Bowl, and the Bulldogs announced Sunday that they were not selected to any other bowls despite going 9-3. La. Tech was holding out hope it would be invited to a different bowl, so it turned down the Independence Bowl invitation to play against rival ULM, the AP reported. That led to the Mailman delivering an interesting Twitter rant in which he showed his respect for La. Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde is about as low as it used to be for Greg Ostertag's work ethic. "I am Bulldog to the core," Malone wrote. "I am heartbroken and embarrassed that our university would do this to Tech Nation. To our football and staff this is exactly what is wrong with our university." Deseret News

In further tweets from @TheDeliverer_32, Malone continued to vent about his old school's predicament. The Hall of Famer also offered to replace Van De Velde, USU's former AD, at La. Tech. "Now it's time to get former athletes to run our program," he tweeted. "I'm 6-9 and not hard to find." More tweets from the former Utah Jazz star: "TechNation what I have been saying for a long time,start hiring former tech athletes to get the pride back into The university and athletics." "Whoever made this desicision (sic) have the (guts) to tell the guys why. As one alumni of La. Tech I want to know why." "To Bleed tech Blue, you got to be Tech." Deseret News

October 31, 2012 Updates

Is the hate for Boozer solely rooted in expectations? Or is it so connected to his contract (five years, $75 million) that it is impossible to separate the two? The other hidden mathematic equation that can be applied to making a case for Boozer is what happens when he plays 70 or more games in a given season. In the last eight seasons, Boozer has played over 70 games only three times. It can't be a coincidence that those three seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10) were the best of his career, highlighted by him grabbing over 200 rebounds and scoring 400 points in 17 games (23.5 ppg/ 12.2rpg) during the 2006-07 Utah playoff run that basically had people calling him "the Karl Malone Remix." ESPN.com

October 24, 2012 Updates

Even when they were apart during the summers, they drove one another in conditioning efforts. Maybe there was some self-interest involved — "If I get down the floor, he’s going to get me the ball," Malone said — but the real motivation was not letting the other outdo him. Even now, Stockton pictures Malone working out, and they both look as fit as ever. Stockton was predictably brief in his acceptance speech, concluding by saying he was yielding to the floor to the "senator from Louisiana." They both were very classy in their remarks. Stockton, who lives in his hometown of Spokane, Wash., spoke of Utah as a place where he’s "totally at home" and cited his relationships with former teammates and coaches as something "you can’t find anywhere else in the world." Salt Lake Tribune

September 7, 2012 Updates

SI.com: You mention the summer with Karl and Gary. Has that season become a little bit of a cautionary tale in terms of not counting your chickens before they hatch with this group? Kupchak: Adding Karl and Payton was a big positive to this organization. The hype surrounding them coming on board, and we had a great regular-season record. But we lost in the Finals, and that's how this organization is judged. I know that's how I'm judged with ownership and the people who have grown up watching the Lakers. It's about winning a championship, not about having a great record or about losing in the conference finals or winning your division. SI.com

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