HoopsHype Karl Malone rumors

June 13, 2012 Updates

Malone made a surprising choice when asked which member of the Dream Team -- other than longtime Utah Jazz teammate John Stockton -- he would have started a team with that included himself. "I would have to start my team with Scottie Pippen," he said. "This is why I would take Scottie: Do you remember the time that Michael retired? I watched Scottie Pippen when the Chicago Bulls weren't really good and Scottie led that team in every statistical category, and I just remembered that. Plus, he's a guy who could care less about scoring. He wants to stop the best player on the other team. That would have been pretty cool, to see Scottie guarding Michael." CSN Chicago

April 20, 2012 Updates

It looks like the Mailman will soon be delivering on the airwaves. ESPN 700 radio is hinting that Karl Malone will have a regular segment next Wednesday. The station posted a photo of Malone’s eyes on their website and Facebook page with a message asking listeners to tune in Wednesday as they welcome the newest member of their broadcast team. KSTU Television FOX 13

April 6, 2012 Updates

Jazz CEO Greg Miller and Hall of Fame power forward Karl Malone are back on good terms, after all. They both attended Wednesday's Jazz-Suns game and shared a moment of laughter together in the arena prior to tipoff. "Yeah, Karl and I, we got it worked out," Miller told the Associated Press. "Everything's good." Malone, who had many run-ins with the late Larry H. Miller, railed on Jazz management on a local sports radio show co-hosted by Deseret News columnist Brad Rock. Malone was upset about how he deemed Jerry Sloan was treated and claimed he was forced to buy his own tickets to attend the first game after Sloan's resignation in 2011. Deseret News

April 5, 2012 Updates

A public feud between Jazz CEO Greg Miller and Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone is finally over. Miller and Malone exchanged smiles and warmly embraced Wednesday night in an EnergySolutions tunnel, minutes before the Jazz tipped off against the Phoenix Suns. "Karl and I have got it worked out and everything’s good," Miller said. The official reconciliation was announced during the same night NBA Commissioner David Stern visited ESA. Stern told The Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 6 he wanted Miller and Malone to calmly resolve their differences. Salt Lake Tribune

February 21, 2012 Updates

Out of nowhere, it happened. Jazz CEO Greg Miller and Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone met late Monday inside EnergySolutions Arena, talked for about an hour and 15 minutes, then emerged from their private session to meet the media. Once their closed-door conference was over, there was only more silence. “We talked, and it’s between me and Greg,” Malone said. Miller declined comment. Salt Lake Tribune

But, as Malone conversed with a couple of fans just outside the entrance to the Jazz locker room, Greg Miller walked by — close enough to exchange a high-five with The Mailman — and didn't even acknowledge the franchise's greatest player. Instead, Miller glanced briefly at Malone, looked down as he walked by, and then headed toward his own courtside seat located adjacent to the Jazz bench to watch the second half of Monday night's 106-102 loss to the Spurs. After the game, however, Malone and Miller met briefly courtside and went into the Jazz coaches' office together. Behind closed doors, they talked for almost an hour before Malone exited first. "We talked," The Mailman said. "It's between me and Greg." Deseret News

February 7, 2012 Updates
February 6, 2012 Updates

In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, the NBA commissioner said he wants a public spat between the two, played out over the past week and a half in local media and Miller's blog, "put to rest." "I'm looking forward to the next meeting between Greg and Karl," Stern told the newspaper at the league's headquarters in New York before the Jazz's Monday night game against the Knicks. "Not for the sparks that I expect will fly, but for the calming that I think will and should occur," Stern said. "Because [Malone has] meant so much to the franchise and the city over the years and to the Miller family, and the Miller family has meant so much to the franchise and the city for so many years." ESPN.com

Less than three days after Miller used Twitter to call Malone a liar and then wrote a lengthy blog post ripping the first-ballot Hall of Famer, Stern acknowledged it’s been painful to watch their fiery standoff from afar. The commissioner wants their public dispute to end, and hopes they will unite in the future and find common ground. “I’m looking forward to the next meeting between Greg and Karl,” said Stern, during an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with The Salt Lake Tribune at the league office. “Not for the sparks that I expect will fly, but for the calming that I think will and should occur. Because [Malone’s] meant so much to the franchise and the city over the years and to the Miller family, and the Miller family has meant so much to the franchise and the city for so many years.” Salt Lake Tribune

February 5, 2012 Updates

Reached by phone Saturday, Karl Malone was asked whether Sloan lacked support from management that night in the locker room in 2011. "The only thing I can tell you is that's great. But there's nothing that can be said or done to hurt my relationship with Jerry Sloan," Malone said. "That's just the way it is. That's awesome. But when I feel a certain way about a friend, Jerry and Karl is a friendship to the end, not just lip service." Deseret News

Corbin said he hoped his players wouldn't let the well-publicized dispute bother them. "It's a part of our family. It's a part of who we are. You just deal with it and move forward," Corbin said. "Hopefully, they get past it as soon as they can so we can go back and play ball. … It could be a distraction. Hopefully, we won't let it be." Corbin said Miller didn't pressure or advise him to avoid hiring Malone as an assistant coach — something the Mailman has said he'd consider. "It had nothing to do with it," said Corbin, who added Sidney Lowe (assistant) and Michael Sanders (player development) to his staff in the offseason. Deseret News

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