Utah Jazz: Karl Malone's surprise Hall of Fame presenter pick

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  • Urania
    Aug. 7, 2010 10:00 a.m.

    Karl -- there's no way of saying how much I miss you, even after all these years. Congratulations on the Hall of Fame. I am so happy for you. People are more important to me than basketball or fame and I wanted you to know that I always believed in and admired the man more than the basketball player so here is a quote for you:
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • 12->32
    July 28, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    I really liked Karl's line that went something like this: "It don't matter what is says on the back of your jersey Stock, Malone, Joe Blow. What matters is what is say on the front of the jersey. You are on the team together."
    I did that in my best Karl voice. He was a great player and great role model. He made me and I'm sure a lot of other fans better basketball players and better people.

  • Rick
    July 27, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    thanks PLYXPLY for update what happened over 20 years ago.I've been a jazz fan since PISTOL was traded to N.O. in '72, for John Drew, a 1st round pick & cash I believe.League Pass was not around back then so I couldn't see all the jazz games because I've lived in n.y. all my life.I saw the hits from Sports Center highlights & didn't see "nasty" Eaton toss the tattooed wonder into the tunnel; kudos to Mark. My license plate does read PSTL-44 & will NEVER change in memory of one of the BEST to ever play; PETE ! If any of you never had the pleasure to see him play, get the tape where he lit up the KNICKS & ALL PRO WALT "CLYDE" FRAZIER & Walt's teammates for 68 points & fouling out with 2 mins left in the game WITH NO 3 POINT LINE BACK THEN ( Fri, Feb. 25th 1977)...As most of the bloggers state here, it's amazing how Utah competes EVERY year being from a small market & YES,the NBA STOLE a TITLE from Utah in a re-match with the Bulls, the Jazz were slight favs. in series.

  • plyxply
    July 27, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    @ Rick. I was under the basket during the game where Karl elbowed Thomas, it happened to be at the Delta Center, either the first or second season it was openend, and there were several of the Piston's players who came at Malone hard after that with punches, it ended up with Eaton picking Rodman off the ground and tossing him into the tunnel.
    Congrats to Malone, he is the reason us Jazz fans didn't like Boozer much, we expect more than nearly any NBA player is willing to give these days.

  • Damani
    July 26, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    I can't wait to hear Karl's speech. He wasn't the best speaker, but always spoke from the heart. Even if it wasn't politically correct. He spoke truthfully. You got to respect that. Truth is, this man should have a few NBA titles, but was cheated out of them. Doing the Jazz's trips to the finals, I started to notice many bad calls, all were against Utah. Jordan was a great player, but the help the refs gave him made him unbeatable. I remember the pushoff at the last second of the game. Offensive Charge. Remove the two points jazz win. I remember the previous play Jordan slapped Karl across the arms to still the ball, while the jazz were ahead by 1 point with the ball. I remember Pippen removing Shandon's layups of the glass on consecutive plays in the last two minutes. No call. A small market team will never win, unless they get 4 blowouts or the refs will take the game. A Knock on Karl is not winning the big one? What? Please. It was taken from him! I'll probably get fined from Stern, but fair is fair. HappyBirthdayKarl

  • Dog Fur
    July 26, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    Well done Karl thanks for playing in Utah. Please just don't hire Michael Jordan's speech writer. Just kidding. Best wishes to you.

  • Steve-o
    July 26, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    I loved his interview! He is passionate about basketball, but also about life. I miss watching him play like you wouldn't believe. I also loved what he said about Boozer!! Basically said... out with the trash!!!

  • Bubba
    July 26, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    How big of fan of Karl can you be if you spell his name wrong?

  • Snark
    July 26, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    I was a huge Willis Reed fan and a huge Carl Malone fan. They were both blue collar players that could shred a defense and cause the less hearty players to simply yield. I loved to watch Reed play. He was the only reason that I cared at all for the Knicks. Great call Carl! One more reason for me to watch the ceremony.

  • Rick
    July 24, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    I'll never forget what took place around 20 years ago in the Salt Palace.Isiah Thomas was known to be a bit of a dirty player & played in your face defense.Back then the Pistons were known as the "Bad Boys" who had a cast of charaters on the team (even a young Rodman). I believe Thomas knocked Stockton down to the floor hard, but tuff Stock got up a bit shaken. Well the VERY NEXT PLAY when Thomas came down the lane for a layup, MALONE leveled Thomas in the temple with an "accidential" massive elbow that sent Thomas flying thru the air & crash landed onto the hardwood floor. A hole was opened, almost the size of a golf ball on Thomas's head ! NOBODY challenged MALONE from the Bad Boys because they knew he meant business.This is what champions are made from, team tuffnes & togetherness. Throughtout Stockton's career, only Stephon Marbury (10 years later) got extremely physcial with John. By that time, John was a seasoned vet & he took care of Marbury & a much younger Garnett Timberwolves team by beating them every game ! MALONE WAS ONE OF THE BEST EVER !

  • Dolly
    July 24, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    I have to disagree with Barbara. My sister was convinced that Karl at the free-throw line always said "Mary O'Reilly, I love you!" She had posters of him all over her apartment at the time. I guess we'll never know for sure what he said. He was, indeed, probably the most handsome NBA player and NOT covered with tattoos on that incredible body. Yep, I'm also a 70-year-old Malone/Stockton fan and so happy to have been a fan during their playing years. It was great fun!! Go Jazzboys soon!!!

  • onebigdaddy
    July 24, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    I watched the game [live] when Willis came limping back into the game and helped the Nicks win.

    There are not many others besides Karl who would do something like that.

    That is truly old-school.

  • LKA
    July 24, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    Willis Reed was a old school, no nonsense, give it all you got type of player. We could use more of them. Karl made a good choice.

  • barbara
    July 24, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    A long time ago I figured out what Karl was saying when he was at the free throw line. "Thank you, Lord, that I am the best looking man in the NBA." If that was not what he was saying, it certainly should have been. I loved watching him play, or even just standing around. Obviously, looks aren't everything, but team them with a great player and a very interesting human being, you have a great package. I wish he were still on the scene myself. I am one of many 70 year old fans.

  • chaliceman
    July 24, 2010 7:33 a.m.

    Happy Birthday Karl! Along with the Wasatch, you, Stockton and Sloan made my days in Salt Lake mo betta. Thank you...

  • Montana Mormon
    July 24, 2010 5:45 a.m.

    Willis Reed!!! Great choice, Mailman!!! I'm 55, so I remember that great legend. I think it's wonderful that you have honored Willis Reed in that manner. Very classy indeed!

  • the world
    July 24, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    At least it's not Jordan. When I saw the title, I got nervous.