Doug Robinson: From the Mailman to a businessman, Karl Malone still delivers the goods

Published: Tuesday, June 26 2012 8:58 p.m. MDT

Why anyone would be interested in what Malone has to say about things beyond basketball is a question for potential listeners and the curious to consider. But if you're willing to listen, he's willing to talk, and he's got the forum to do it, such being the power of celebrity. He begins one show by saying, "We all over the board. We just gonna let it ride."

Malone approached the local ESPN affiliate about the show and signed on for a year with no pay (and Larry Miller just groaned). Maybe you'll recall that in 1998, Malone did a regular radio show in Los Angeles and was wounded that nobody from Salt Lake City had asked him to do the same thing.

At the time he said, "I've been in Utah 13 years, (and) these people (in L.A.) are the first to ever say, 'You want to do this with us?' They stepped up to the plate."

Now, 14 years later, he has his show in Salt Lake City. Malone, who lives in Ruston, La., does some of the shows from his home while Bill Riley and Hans Olsen co-host from Salt Lake City, but he also frequently does the show from the Salt Lake studio.

In case you're wondering, Malone, only 10 pounds over his playing weight, still looks like he could suit up for the Jazz. He begins most days with two hours of weight lifting, combined with cardio exercise — biking, Stairmaster, or elliptical — in his home gym.

"That's when I do my best thinking is when I'm training," he says. "I can really focus."

He spends the rest of the day checking on his various business enterprises, either by phone or in person.

"Yeah, my brother told me he wouldn't do anything if he had my money, but you'd be broke if you did that," says Malone. "You have to make your money work for you. You can't just put it in the bank. That doesn't work anymore."

Sounds like a topic for another radio show.

Keeping busy

Karl Malone has become a successful entrepreneur since retiring from professional basketball. A list of Malone's businesses and properties:

Full or part ownership in four restaurants, in Louisiana, Idaho and Utah.

A new-car dealership in Draper.

A used-car dealership in Sandy.

A car accessories business in Sandy.

A body shop and collision center, now under construction in Draper.

Three oil change-service stores.

A cattle ranch in Louisiana.

Two condos at Green Valley Resort in St. George.

A "few thousand acres" of Louisiana property, which he uses for a tree-harvesting business as well as mineral rights.

A commercial development business, currently focused primarily on developing a large mall in Ruston, La.

A 12,000-square foot building in the aforementioned mall, which Malone is trying to fill with retail stores

A deer-raising venture.

A hunting guide business.

email: drob@desnews.com

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