Utah Jazz notebook: Good price, but will team take Karl Malone up on his coaching offer?
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Karl Malone is already The Mailman and a Hall of Famer.
If he gets his way, the former Utah Jazz star will be go by another description: assistant coach.
Malone doesn't want to replace any of Tyrone Corbin's current full-time helpers, but he wouldn't mind finding a spot next to Sidney Lowe, Jeff Hornacek, Michael Sanders and Brad Jones.
"All they've got to do is call me," Malone said during an interview with ESPN 700's Hans Olsen and James Rust on Wednesday afternoon. "I'll work with the big men for free for a while until it work."
This isn't the first time Malone has offered his coaching services to the organization he helped turn into a powerhouse and a two-time NBA Finals squad during his 18 years in Utah.
"I'm saying it again. Ain't nobody took me up on it," Malone said. "Maybe they don't want to hear me."
Any room on the staff or a role for a legendary big man who dearly wants to do some pro bono work?
"Who knows? Who knows?" Corbin said. "We are where we are right now, but who knows what will happen."
Malone said he wouldn't necessarily want a full-time gig and he has no desire to travel with the team every game.
"But look. We can start off and see if it working," Malone said. "If not, I'll be the first one to say, 'Guys, it ain't working.' And they don’t have to say nothing."
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."
BIG REASON: One large factor Malone is interested: He's a big fan of the Jazz bigs.
"Utah Jazz is one of my favorite teams. I still have them doing damage," Malone said during the 25-minute interview. "Utah Jazz have a group of the best big men that's in the league. Go through any team (and compare)."
To that point, Malone said he wouldn’t be in a rush to get rid of Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap.
"Everybody want to trade. But I got a news flash for you: They (trading partners) want a big man. If they (Jazz) want a good point guard, they're going to want your big guy," Malone said. "It's going to be very, very interesting with Paul and Al."
BIG TALENT: Malone wants to see what happens when injured Jazz guys return.
"All in all guys, don't start blowing up the team," he said in the radio interview. "If you don't have to get rid of a big guy, don't get rid of a big guy. You don't see a lot of them coming down the pike. But the fact of the matter is, we have talent on this team."
The sports talk-show hosts also asked Malone who he'd pick if he had to between Big Al and Malone's fellow Louisiana Tech product, Millsap. Malone grumbled and laughed about being put on the spot but then — you guessed — gave his opinion.
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