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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

June 27, 2012 Updates
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

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