"Other guys tried to evaluate themselves by how they performed against those guys, and they came to do their job every day," Sloan said. "Karl is a terrific worker off the floor and he started here and he moved himself up through hard work. That's what really, I think, certainly paid off for him."
It's also why Sloan will return to the Hall of Fame for another enshrinement ceremony later this year.
Not that that's a surprise.
During his 19-year NBA career, Karl Malone ...
Averaged 25.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.4 steals and .8 blocks per game
Played in all 82 regular-season games 10 times with the Jazz
Scored 2,000-plus points in an NBA-record 11-straight seasons
Led the Jazz to two NBA Finals, won a pair of Olympic gold medals, was twice named NBA MVP
Finished as NBA's No. 2 all-time scorer behind Kareem Abdul-Jabaar
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