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Karl Malone
Karl Malone
Position: -
Born: 07/24/63
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:255 lbs. / 116.1 kg.
Earnings: $101,723,378 ($158,088,475*)
When touching on how older players helped in their player development as young athletes in the league, Barkley praised Karl Malone and Julius Erving for setting him on the right path both on and off the court. For the Nets star, not only did he praise many of his former Sonics teammates, but he also credited them for being responsible for his work ethic. “Kurt Thomas, Donyell Marshall, Andra Griffin … my rookie year. Francisco Elson … Got Wally Szczerbiak. They kind of introduced me to what it means to work as an NBA player. You have an idea in college and high school what it means to work after practice and how to practice hard, but once you get into the league and you got six months of this everyday (for) 82 games, you got to condition your mind and your body and have older dudes that have been through the grind. That definitely helps.”
He had 17 straight seasons averaging double-digit points. During that time, he played more than 1,300 games and averaged 16.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per night while making 54.1 percent of his shots. Those numbers aren’t that far off from that decade-long sample mentioned above, only this happened from the age of 24 to 40, including one of his best seasons at age 35. Only 23 players in NBA history have played at least 1,300 games in their careers. Six of them have averaged at least 16 points per game in those first 17 years they played. Four of those players (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Elvin Hayes and Parish) also grabbed 10 rebounds per game. Only Abdul-Jabbar (56.2 percent) of those players shot a higher percentage from the field than Parish (54.2 percent).
The Hall of Famer sees similarities between the current Lakers roster and the team from the 2003-2004 season which had accomplished veterans such as Karl Malone, Gary Payton next to Kobe Bryant. That team went all the way to the Finals where they lost 1-4 against the Detroit Pistons. “This team is really giving me that Karl Malone, Gary Payton when they were with Kobe, that kind of feel,” Pierce said on What’s Burnin’ with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes.
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James passed Karl Malone for the most points scored in season openers: 481 – James, 19 GP. 463 – Malone, 19 GP. 431 – Michael Jordan, 14 GP. 430 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 19 GP. Robert Parish, Vince Carter, and Kevin Garnett share the record for most season openers played (21).
[Isiah Thomas]: On Giannis, “This was a Wilt Chamberlain performance, this was a Lew Alcindor/Kareem, you know, Shaq performance. This wasn’t like just, you know, a Dirk Nowitzki performance or a Karl Malone. This was like the giants of our industry. That kind of performance.”
“I always go back to (John) Stockton and (Karl) Malone,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “Jerry (Sloan) ran the same play for 20 years, they just ran it really well, and that’s what we want to do. We want to play defense a certain way, offense very simply, but still taking advantage of everybody’s abilities. “It was better,” Popovich also said. “Bit by bit, every day I hope.”