Utah Jazz: Karl Malone to be praised with Dream Team mates

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  • GreyWolf
    Aug. 12, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    To yarrlydarb: People will not remember the all-time assists leader? Will they also forget Pete Maravich or George Gervin, or perhaps Elgin Baylor?

  • jazzhater
    Aug. 12, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    Malone and stockton were both floppers. Glad neither one of them won a title

  • yarrlydarb
    Aug. 12, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    Pete in TX, you've still got a problem. How many great players can you name that don't have a ring? There are plenty, no doubt, but nobody remembers who they are. Those remembered have rings. As great as John and Karl were, they will never be remembered as champions, simply because they were not. Great players, we love 'em here in Utah, but no ring means no glory. An athlete (the great majority of them, at least) wants his share of glory. And nobody can blame him for that. It's like the scientist researcher's Nobel Prize. No Nobel, no recognition.

  • LKA
    Aug. 12, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    @coach hines: The phamacy must be closed today.

  • Pete in Texas
    Aug. 12, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    Sheesh.... who needs the meds here?

    I never said he wasn't deserving of the HOF. I never said he wasn't one of the best to ever play at his position. (For the record.... I think he's second best behind Tim Duncan.) But, yeah.... it bothered me to see him go to our HATED rivals, the Lakers, for the last year of his career. Ya'll can bag on me for my opinion.... I can take it. But honestly, what would that ring have done for him? Last Stand said it best: why didn't he let Larry pay him nothing so that we could afford better players around him for a ring earlier on? Yeah.... think about that ya'll. No.... a sell-out is what he is. Don't tell me I'd do the same thing as him in the same situation. I wouldn't. I respect him for what he gave the Jazz.... helluva player. HOF'er? No question. Sell-out? I'll let you decide, but he is to me. Congrats Karl on your induction. Sorry you sold-out the Jazz at the end. Glad you didnt get inducted with Jerry and John.

  • coach hines
    Aug. 12, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    pete, go get your prescription refilled, take a few and lay down.....bottom line: karl malone is the one of the greatest to ever play the professional game! great memories! (didn't take the most important game of the year off like that player whose name rhymes with 'loser')....i got no problem he took his last shot at a title with the lakers-the jazz sure weren't gonna get him another shot at it

  • Last Stand
    Aug. 12, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    Malone went to the Lakers and played for a measly 1 million so that the Lakers could afford other big names on the team, like Shaq, Kobe and Gary Payton. Why didn't he offer to play for the same amount of money with the Jazz later in his career, to allow them to sign some big names to help their chances of winning a championship?

  • raybies
    Aug. 12, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    Malone and Stockton are the only two basketball players who ever managed to get me to stop and take interest in the sport, during that period they were playing. Since I always abhored basketball (being one of the nonBasketball-worshipping-LDS (which is amazingly rare considering we have gymnasium in every church and most youth activities for noncreative youth leaders centers upon it)) I'd say that's worth Hall of Fame status... :)

  • Fender Bender
    Aug. 12, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    RE: Pete in Texas

    Get over it Pete. Karl was a great player, and has shown he is a true Jazzman at heart too many times to count. He can be forgiven for a samll mistake.

    As for selling out, nobody can ever accuse Karl of that. For much of his career, he played for the Jazz for much less than he could have received elsewhere. He always put his whole heart into the game, during offseason, regular season, and playoffs.

  • hpr
    Aug. 12, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    @ Pete in Texas: It's really sad how people can look at someone and judge their decisions. John Stockton had retired and Karl had said many times that they were a team and he didn't want to play without him. He wasn't ready to retire himself so he went where he thought he could win a ring, which is a goal of all NBA players. It's like players who have left here for more money. It's a business, it's a job, and it's a profession. Too bad you can't accept that and recognize him for the amazing basketball player he was. He gave Utah Jazz and their fans many hours of exciting basketball and I feel sorry for you if you are too narrow minded to see that.

  • LKA
    Aug. 12, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    Malone gave the Jazz eighteen years of great basketball. Had a amazing attendance record. I dont blame him for one final year to try and get a ring. Most of us would do the same thing. He did come back and get his Jazz number retired and make amends with Larry Miller. Another article said that he spent hours by the bedside of Larry as he was in his final days here upon this earth. That shows volumes to me and anything else he did was long past forgotten and forgiven for. Malone left his mark on tne NBA and will always be a champion..

  • utetubaguy
    Aug. 12, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    The original dream team was something to watch. Youth who did not see those games will never know what a big deal it was that the IOC finally allowed professional athletes into the game. It kind of ruined the pretense of the amature athlete in the games but look what came after it. International basketball competition is definetely better because of the original dream team. Our mailman deserves to be in the hall of fame.

  • Pete in Texas
    Aug. 12, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    "Malone still believes the Hall of Fame missed out on a marketing opportunity to have three guys from the same NBA organization enter together. In his mind, organizers could've easily rationalized the exception by saying, "We thought it would only be the right thing to do if Karl and John went in together."

    Well, Karl.... if you hadn't of sold out like a traitor to the Lakers that last year, it would have happened and it WOULD have been special. As it is now, your basketball legacy, in my eyes, is tarnished. What bothers me most, is that you HAD a couple of chances to get your coveted "ring" with the Jazz, but as I recall, you kind of choked a couple of times, remember? I have respect for John Stockton for bowing out after giving it his all. His devotion shown through by retiring, instead of selling-out to try and BUY a ring. As fans, we can't be as selfish as you tried to be. No, we're loyal to our team through thick-and-thin.

    I'm happy they DIDN'T let you join the HOF with John and Jerry. They never sold-out.