Utah Jazz: Karl Malone a no-brainer Hall-of-Famer

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  • RE: Re MattHalen
    April 6, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    Why don't you get your own name instead of railing on poor old Matt? Anyone who says Malone doesn't deserve HOF doesn't know anything about basketball. Looking at some of the other players who have gotten in, Malone is heads and shoulders above them.

    Anyway, anyone without an obvious hate of someone would be able to look at this objectively and see he deserves to get in.

    "I think greateness has lot more do than just getting a lot of shots and points."

    (Nice spelling by the way).

    Well, according to the HOF fame, greatness has everything to do with stats and performance. Perhaps "greateness" is judged on your own personal criteria, but fortunately the HOF has a more quantitative and objective formula than yours. He was even league MVP for 2 years, simply silly to argue he's not HOF worthy. Fine to critique his game, not perfect (nobody's game is/was perfect), but he was an amazing player.

  • THEeyepatch
    April 6, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    Congrats Mailman, you're the greatest POWER FORWARD to ever play in the NBA.... PERIOD!

  • abdi23
    April 6, 2010 1:23 p.m.

    greastest player in the nba and greastest power fower of all-time

  • RE: MattHalen
    April 5, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    4 is pure baloney,

    Malone never won champinsip even with Jordon OUT of the league,

    those teams would be houston and san antonio

    as to the other responses,

    that just shows how bad the rest of team actually was,

    and by continuing to get late round draft choices, they could not fix that,

    that and others not wanting to come to system, where they would an afterthought.

    I think greateness has lot more do than just getting a lot of shots and points.

  • MattHalen
    April 5, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    1) The offense was centered around him because he was the best player on the team his entire career.
    2) He took more shots than anyone else because (see answer #1).

    If the above are attempts to discount his greatness then you need to discount Jordan, Bryant, James, Bird, Irving, Chamberlain, O'Neal, the list goes on and on...

    3) It was on Stockton to shoot more than he did. Everyone that watched him play knows that he could have been a 20 ppg scorer. You Blame Malone for playing with the best passer who ever played?

    4) Yes there is a reason he didn't win a championship(s)...Michael Jordan, who happens to be the greatest player of all time.

    In my first entry I never claimed he was the greatest player of all time, simply the greatest at his position.

    Finally, comparing Duncan to Malone is apples to oranges. 1) Duncan is a center, and has played center his entire career. 2) If the Jazz had tanked a season in order to win the lottery as SA did, no one would be able to play the championship card against Malone.

  • RE: MattHalen | 11:29 a.m
    April 4, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Greatest Power Forward?

    WHy because the offence was center aroumd him?
    he took more shots than any one else?
    stockton main job was getting him the ball?

    Career stats do not tell the whole story.

    as a PURE power forward perhaps,

    as a basketball player,

    he left something to be desired.

    Interestingly the TRULY GREATEST Players were NOT pure in their position,

    but did things that trancended their position, and and made the team greater as well as the individual players around them, (and they could take over a game when they needed)

    while stocktion and malone were great in thier respective pure positions,

    there is reason they did not win a championship.

    as much I may admire malone,

    I would much rather have duncan or some other pfs,
    if I was building a championship team.

    nevertheless, as a great "pure" power forward of the game he deserves to be in the hall of fame.

  • Anonymous
    April 4, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    I like turtles!!

  • twinster
    April 4, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Karl was incredible. Never backed down to anyone. It wasnt in the leagues besy interest fot the Jazz to win, but they almost did. I think Stern shut it down. It's all like pro-wrestling. Same deal today with C Paul and Durrant the new golden boys. Get used to it DWill, you are a Washington General. But we love ya anyhoo.

  • Russ
    April 4, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    Karl helped my son through his foundation. He gave us a van to haul his wheelchair. Our family got to know Karl outside of basketball and he is a very kind and generous man. I could talk about a number of nice things he did for our family. Karl was a great basketball player and more importantly a great man. Congratulations Karl, no one is more deserving!

  • re: liberal larry
    April 4, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    "turns out you don't need one."
    keep on trucking

  • al
    April 4, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    Hi Mom,

    We visited with your sister and stopped by Henry's last night for dinner. That was great!!

  • MattHalen
    April 4, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    Greatest Power Forward of all time. No one else comes close. Compare his career stats with any other and you'll find he's top 10 to ever play the game. I was very fortunate to grow up watching him play every night.

  • ryano
    April 4, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    How is it that he got huge and his weight only changed a couple of pounds. I think he was much closer to 300. They say Lebron weights 265 and Karl was much bigger then him.

  • RE: Dennis
    April 4, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    Why do you think they call it a basketball TEAM?? Every player in the Hall of Fame had help from his coach and teammates. Without Malone, there is likely no Utah Jazz today.

  • Taivo
    April 4, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    Sloan, Stockton, and Malone definitely deserve their HOF honors. But there's another guy on that bench that goes unheralded year in and year out. I'd love to see an article on Phil Johnson sometime.

  • liberal larry
    April 4, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    I think the head line says it all! LOL

  • Dennis
    April 4, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    Of course it's a "brainer".
    If Karl had gone to well more than half the teams in the league he would have failed miserably.
    He doesn't have a game of his own.
    Without John he was an average, not so bright, NBA player.
    He has no place in the Hall, and if all was fair he'd give his trophy to John.

  • rick
    April 4, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    it's the silver anniversity (25 years)for you young ones that the MAILMAN was drafted & put Utah on the map as a great NBA team..Congrats to Mailman for H.O.F. pick (no brainer)..I love this kid that comes from Louisiana as well.This kid could play P.F. or center @ 6'11"..He can dribble like a point guard, was the best passing center in college this past year,comes from a great confrence (BIG EAST) , has great hands & blocks shots..had almost 10 boards a game & 16 pts.a game...GREG MONROE's stock has moved up & now that the teams the Knicks are battleing for a higher draft pick are all losing, the Knicks are looking now @ the 8th or 9th pick....That's too low to grab MONROE !!! Utah has to package their 1st & 2nd rd. picks this year (Jazz would not even give 2nd rd. pick a chance to make team) to move higher to like # 3 or # 4 pick...Need to get ahead of wizards who might pick home town kid (washington) Monroe with their high 1st round pick...This kid has the potential to be close to another Mailman.

  • Eye Dee Ten Tee
    April 4, 2010 2:46 a.m.

    This article forgot to mention the Dennis Rodman/Karl Malone wrestling match. Or that he wanted to play tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. I really hope The Mailman gives his acceptance speach in 3rd person.