Karl Malone presented with too small Hall of Fame jacket

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  • Jazz Cop
    Aug. 14, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    the thing i remember most about malone is watching him score 61 pts against milwaukee, that was a pretty awesome game.

  • Old Timer
    Aug. 14, 2010 8:15 a.m.

    Regarding netmasters comments, I think they are disgusting and out of place on the web site at this time. Posting in the middle of the night, on what drug? Hows the rest of your negative life?

  • skinnyreporter
    Aug. 14, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    Malone was probably the hardest worker ever to play in the NBA, but I do remember seeing him jog at half speed during some games. Of course, almost anybody who played his minutes would have paced himself the same way. I never saw Stockton slow down even once. He ALWAYS put 100 percent effort into every game. Stockton was the greatest 6'1" player who ever played and could have scored 30 a night anytime he wanted, but his focus was on winning as a team and sharing the ball, which nobody has ever done better. I would rather face Barkley or the Big Fundamental or even McHale than Karl Malone. Without looking up the stats, I would say that McHale and Malone would be the best foul shooters in that group and probably shot better from the line in big games than Sir Charles or Duncan. But of the top, say, 15 players who ever played basketball, Malone is the only one who will always be known as a choker. In the biggest of big games, the other all-time greats improved their play. Karl's performance dropped.

  • netmaster
    Aug. 14, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    Karl Malone was a great player, but he will always be remembered for his flaws -- his choking at the line in the NBA Finals, his stupidity for holding the ball so long that Jordan was able to steal it for a win and for failing to drive on Rodman, who had five falls, and settling for a ridiculous, off-balance fall-away jumper that fell short and gave Jordan the chance to win with a last second shot, and some of the stupid things he said. Plus wasn't he an unindicted statutory rapist and a long-time deadbeat dad? He was also for a long time an ingrate, an insufferable egotist and egoist and as selfish a player as ever has suited up in a Jazz uniform.

    If you want to rate an individual player for his dominance, it would have to be Chamberlain. If you want to rate a player for doing the most to help his team win championships, Bill Russell would probably get the nod. Jordan was one of the most athletic superstars ever and was able to perform in the clutch in the same manner as Bird, Jordan, Jerry West and John Stockton.

  • GoodGuyGary
    Aug. 13, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    Johnson72 smart man: please refer to my post @10:18 pm. Pippen? Anyone knows he is a joke, and again, Horry is better than him and Horry should be among the best. At least Horry shouldf be sitting with MJ and Pippen at HOF.

  • Johnson72
    Aug. 13, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    Sokol, You call Jordan a sissy?.. He has More rings than your beloved Jazz will ever win in a lifetime, on one finger.. and Malone WAS not the greatest player in NBA history.. If you go by points Jabbar is, Remember also Pippen has 6 rings also.. And Pippen has more rings on his 1 finger than your beloved Jazz will ever win... Remember that ok Sokol!!!

  • GoodGuyGary
    Aug. 13, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    To the smart man who is Not_Scared: if number of rings tell who is the better, than Robert Horry must be a better player than Michael Jordon.

  • mark
    Aug. 13, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    Karl Malone, what a great player! What an outstanding time following his career! Amazing memories provided by an amazing player! Thanks for everything you did for the game and for professional sports in Utah.

  • Not So Fast
    Aug. 13, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    I think discussion of weather Malone was the greatest player or not is moot and silly and detracts from the fact that he just got inducted into the Hall of Fame. If he wasn't the greatest player, who cares? He was great enough to be a first ballot HOF player. Congrats to Karl and the Jazz and Karl's teammates and family.

  • SoCal28
    Aug. 13, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    Loved reading the interviews with all the players from the HOF on NBCSports in regards to LeBron James. My favorite was Karl Malone, he picked the the LAKERS to win their third title!

    Thanks Karl! You are the best! I really wish the Lakers would have won a championship the year you were here in LA. Congratulations on HOF!

  • eagle
    Aug. 13, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    Actually Karl and Stock took a lot less money than other star players. He and Stock only got their money after their championship runs. Karl's salary had nothing to do with the Jazz not being able to sign more/better players.

  • Old Timer
    Aug. 13, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    I would haved loved to watch the ceremonies of tonights hall of fame inductees, but "GREED" got in the way again! NBA-TV gets the broadcast rights which are a premium station on some broadcasts and not even provided on others. Whats new-NOTHING! The NBA going after the money as usual, and all of the fans accross the nation that can't get this broadcast, or afford it are left in the dark AGAIN! When is the "big business" mongrels going to let up? Probaly never. Oh well.

  • Sokol
    Aug. 13, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    If you look at his body of work, the consistancy,
    the points, rebounds, assists, the improvements, the
    toughness, playing a much more demanding position, there is no doubt that Malone was the greatest player in NBA history....Malone's competition is only Bill Russell, if that.

  • witch39
    Aug. 13, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    I love Karl anyway. So do a lot of other 70 year old women, mother types, easily boggled by biceps, skill and charm. So what? Good on him, I say! His mama had a right to be proud.

  • AZJazzFan
    Aug. 13, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    I agree with the post at 2:31, if it was based on number of championships, well there are role and bench players that win championships. The Jazz had two major opportunities to win it, the problem was, they were playing against the greatest player of all time and he was sorrounded by some good players as well. It is tough to say the celtic teams of old were the greatest, as there was only about 8 teams in the league at the time. What Karl could have done better was easing up on his salary talk so Utah could have afforded another player or two. That would be enough to have won at least one championship.

  • I Will Be Till I Die
    Aug. 13, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    Not_Scared: teams win championships, individuals win MVP, scoring title, HOF, etc. If the criteria for HOF was # of titles, it'd be an awfully quiet place.

    Yes Jordan was a great player, but he was also surrounded by very good teammates. Remember, as good as he was, he didn't win anything until the Bulls got the right combination of players around him.

  • CJ Miles
    Aug. 13, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    Malone is far from the greatest player to play in the NBA. He may not have bee the best player on Jazz when he played. Karl was not a closer. The greatest players can close a game by themselves. Jordan and Kobe are in that catagory. Malone relied on Stockton who was the better of the two players.

  • factcheck
    Aug. 13, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    Jordan is not the greatest player ever if you simply go by rings, that would be Bill Russell.

  • Not_Scared
    Aug. 13, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Jordan has now many rings? Can sweet grapes be sown in Utah?

  • SportzFan
    Aug. 13, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    Andre | 12:35 p.m. Aug. 13, 2010
    Bet he could still put up 20/10 a night.
    It would be fun to see him try...

  • Andre
    Aug. 13, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Bet he could still put up 20/10 a night.

  • GoJazz
    Aug. 13, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    Jerry, though your comments are true concerning Karl's work ethic, even I can't say he is the greatest player to ever play.

  • Sokol
    Aug. 13, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    In my mind, with all the banging, hits, elbows, and pain, and suffering that Malone endured at the Power Forward position. No one, no sissy like Jordan could have ever even done such hard work. I will go with the belief that Karl Malone is the greatest basketball player to ever play.