HoopsHype Karl Malone rumors

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"Dan Patrick had a man crush on MJ from the time we started the interview. I was just messing with him," he tweeted. Later in the day, Malone called in to SportCenter and talked to fellow Dream Teamer Chris Mullin about speculation that he left Jordan out because he lost his only two finals appearances to Jordan's Bulls. "Anytime you start a starting five, you're going to leave someone out'" Malone said. "Michael Jordan without a doubt is on my starting five, I'm not a hater and I'm not bitter." Mullen asked Malone about his decision to coach the Jazz big men next season. "I will be starting out very slow," Malone said. "I will not be on the bench a lot, but we're going to ease into it. I do have a five-year plan, about what I would like to be doing, but I'm going to start out slow and get my feet wet." Deseret News

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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