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Karl Malone and John Stockton talk in the final minute as the Jazz lost the first game of the playoffs to the Kings, 89-86 in Sacramento, Calif. April 20, 2002. Photo by Tom Smart (Submission date: 04/20/2002)

SALT LAKE CITY — Were John Stockton and Karl Malone overrated?

Though they’re both in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, have more assists and points than any duo in NBA history, each own two Olympic gold medals and rewrote multiple league records and consistently had the Utah Jazz in a position to contend for nearly two decades, one writer thinks they get too much credit.

Known for his opinions about race issues and politics, journalist and activist Shaun King picked Stockton and Malone as his most overrated players in an article in the NBA.com’s Hoop section.

Other players listed as being the most overrated by a panel of writers include Reggie Miller, Tony Parker, Isaiah Thomas (not former Detroit star Isiah Thomas), Gilbert Arenas and Kris Dunn.

Here’s what King had to say about the Jazz’s prolific pair:

“I’ve got a duo for you. John Stockton and Karl Malone. I just couldn’t get into either one of them. I know they made it to the Finals twice, but I generally felt like they put up big numbers doing the same old stuff every game. They never really had what it took to even get out of the West most nights.

“When my young son, who loves the NBA, saw that Karl Malone and John Stockton were all-time leaders in points and assists he could hardly believe it. And I think that was their main thing: They put up numbers together, were always competitive, but never really did it for me.”

Some would argue that the ability Stockton and Malone had to put up numbers while always being competitive are a couple of the reasons why they were and continue to be revered so highly.

And, by the way, that’s exactly what happened again when King’s hot take hit social media.

Jazzfan14: ”Stockton and Malone are overrated because they did something so well that they didn't need to do other inefficient things" is a ridiculously bad hot take. Like..... Of all of the other players in NBA history, they choose Stockton, Malone and Reggie..... That's just dumb.

JordanHansen16: I started my day off with a nice boxing session, got my mind right and was filled with positive energy. Now it’s all gone

MadisonArm: Any panel that calls Stockton, Malone, and Reggie Miller overrated has told you more about itself than the players.

TKO140pt6: John Stockton and Karl Malone were boring…that's it! (Hot) take.

Michael Lowman of SLC Dunk added: "(He) makes a good point. If you put aside ALL the reasons they’re in the Hall of Fame, they’re not Hall of Fame caliber players."

Free game for Stallions fans

The Utah Warriors professional rugby team is trying to console Salt Lake Stallions fans in the aftermath of the Alliance of American Football's unfortunate decision to fold during the middle of its inaugural season.

The Warriors are offering a free ticket for Friday night's game against the Seattle Seawolves to Stallions fans. To redeem the offer, Stallions fans just need to visit the link STALLIONS GUEST TICKETS and enter code: Stallions. The offer can also be redeemed at the box office at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.

Here's part of the message Warriors general manager Kimball Kjar sent out:

"This is one of the best sports communities in the nation, and we were saddened to hear about the team and league closing down. We know that it is a hard business running professional sports and at times, being a fan of the teams. Rugby is of course the father of football, so we wanted to invite our football family to join us for a day of passing, tackling, touchdowns and extra points."

Another basketball tournament

Utah will be well-represented at the 3X3U National Championship this weekend. The 3-on-3 style tournament features 128 seniors who have used up their collegiate eligibility, including four from each of the the 32 Division I conferences.

The tournament will take place at the Mall of America in Minnesota.

Athletes from Utah schools include: Brandon Better (Southern Utah) and Brekkott Chapman (Weber State) on the Big Sky team; Quinn Taylor (Utah State) on the Mountain West team; and Connor Toolson (Utah Valley) on the WAC team.

WEEKEND PLANNER

Friday, April 5

  • Golf: ANA Inspiration
  • NBA: Jazz vs. Kings, 7 p.m.
  • ECHL: Grizzlies at Idaho, 7 p.m.
  • Minors: Bees at Albuquerque
  • Gymnastics: NCAA meet
  • Baseball: Utah at Oregon State
  • Baseball: BYU at San Diego
  • Baseball: UVU at Northern Colorado
  • Baseball: Dixie State at Colorado School of Mines, 6 p.m.
  • Baseball: SLCC at Colorado Northwestern, 1 p.m. (DH)
  • Softball: Utah vs. Arizona, 6 p.m.
  • Softball: BYU at LMU, 3 p.m.
  • Softball: Utah State vs. New Mexico, 4 p.m.
  • Softball: UVU at New Mexico State, 6 p.m.
  • Softball: Weber State vs. SUU, noon (DH)
  • Softball: SLCC vs. Colorado Northwestern, 1 p.m. (DH)
  • Softball: Snow vs. USU-Eastern, 1 p.m. (DH)
  • Men’s tennis: BYU vs. San Francisco
  • Men’s tennis: Utah State vs. Air Force, 3 p.m.
  • Women’s tennis: Utah at UCLA
  • Women’s tennis: BYU at San Francisco
  • Women’s tennis: Utah State at New Mexico, noon
  • Women’s tennis: SUU vs. Weber State, 1 p.m.
  • Women’s tennis: Dixie State at CSU Pueblo, noon
  • Women’s golf: Dixie State at Mustang Intercollegiate, at Palm Valley, Ariz.
  • Track: BYU, USU at Sun Angel Classic, at Tempe, Ariz.

Saturday, April 6

  • Golf: ANA Inspiration
  • ECHL: Grizzlies vs. Idaho, 7 p.m.
  • Minors: Bees at Albuquerque
  • Gymnastics: NCAA meet
  • Baseball: Utah at Oregon State
  • Baseball: BYU at San Diego
  • Baseball: UVU at Northern Colorado
  • Baseball: Dixie State at Colorado School of Mines, 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
  • Baseball: SLCC at Colorado Northwestern, noon (DH)
  • Softball: Utah vs. Arizona, noon
  • Softball: BYU at LMU, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • Softball: Utah State vs. New Mexico, 4 p.m.
  • Softball: UVU at New Mexico State, 4 p.m,, 6:30 p.m.
  • Softball: Weber State vs. SUU, noon
  • Softball: Dixie State vs. Black Hills State, 2 p.m. and at MSU Denver, 4 p.m.
  • Softball: SLCC vs. Colorado Northwestern, noon (DH)
  • Softball: Snow vs. USU-Eastern, noon (DH)
  • Lacrosse: Utah vs. Mount St. Mary’s, noon
  • Men’s tennis: Utah vs. Cal
  • Men’s tennis: Weber State at NAU, 10 a.m.
  • Men’s tennis: SUU vs. EWU, 1 p.m.
  • Women’s tennis: Utah at USC
  • Women’s tennis: BYU at Santa Clara
  • Women’s tennis: Weber State at NAU, 3 p.m.
  • Women’s tennis: Dixie State at MSU Denver
  • Women’s golf: Dixie State at Mustang Intercollegiate, at Palm Valley, Ariz.
  • Track: BYU, USU at Sun Angel Classic, at Tempe, Ariz.

Sunday, April 7

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  • Golf: ANA Inspiration
  • NBA: Jazz at Lakers, 7:30 p.m.
  • ECHL: Grizzlies vs. Idaho, 2 p.m.
  • Minors: Bees at Albuquerque
  • Alliance football: Stallions at Atlanta
  • Baseball: Utah at Oregon State
  • Baseball: UVU at Northern Colorado
  • Baseball: Dixie State at Colorado School of Mines, noon
  • Softball: Utah vs. Arizona, noon
  • Softball: Utah State vs. New Mexico, noon
  • Softball: Dixie State at MSU Denver, 11 a.m. and vs. Black Hills State, 1 p.m.
  • Men’s tennis: Utah vs. Stanford
  • Men’s tennis: Utah State vs. New Mexico, 1 p.m.
  • Men’s tennis: SUU vs. Weber State, 1 p.m.
  • Women’s tennis: Utah State at Air Force
  • Women’s tennis: SUU at NAU, 2 p.m.