Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan had a talk with Karl Malone on Saturday and Malone had a talk with teammates on Sunday.
The Mailman's wrong delivery is now apparently history.Jazz players and coaches met on Sunday - a customary practice - and during that time Malone explained comments made Friday night in Boston, in which he complained about the team's lack of bench strength.
"I wouldn't call it an apology," said Malone. "It was a togetherness thing. I told them about what I really meant," said Malone.
Among Malone's comments, which he said were due to the frustration of losing four straight games, were that the bench wasn't good and there were some changes needed.
"Whenever you say things in the newspapers, things are said that sell newspapers," said Malone. "Thing is, you can do a trillion nice things that never get written. But when someone has something negative to write, they just want to sell newspapers. It's a shame the way our society is, but hey . . .
"But we talked as a team, and I respect my teammates and they respect me. And when I finish this game, basketball isn't going to mean a heck of a lot. It's how you carried yourself with your teammates. That's why I want to be known as a good person, not necessarily as a great player."
The Jazz talk came following a Saturday meeting between Malone and Coach Jerry Sloan. Sloan said he has no system to fine players as a reprimand.
"We don't have a fining system," he said. "So I talked to Karl (Saturday), and this morning (Sunday) he talked with his teammates."
Sloan continued, "He was frustrated with himself, too. It was frustrating for everyone involved. Everyone has to step it up a notch."
While Sloan considered the matter over, he said he doesn't want any more such comments.
"Sure, it's going to happen once in awhile, but we can't have it happen with this organization without us dealing with it. It's just not professional to do those things. We're all in this together and it's just not a one-man thing."
Sloan pointed out that losing in streaks is something only veterans such as Darrell Griffith, Mark Eaton and Thurl Bailey have had much experience with. "(Younger players) have got to learn to deal with the good and the bad," continued Sloan. "When things go bad, they've gotta buckle up and strap themselves in a little tighter."