Karl Malone, The Mailman, delivers his Utah Jazz legacy into the Hall of Fame

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  • Live-In-AZ
    Aug. 15, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    Class, Class, Class.

  • Sokol
    Aug. 14, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    I saw him play in Denver against the Nuggets years ago, when the won over 60 games. The Bulls were worried. In the Nugget game, Malone was so much bigger, stronger than any player I have ever seen.
    He had super hero qualities.
    There is no basketball player I have admired more than Karl Malone-the Mailman. When my mother, after four heart attacks improves enough to walk out of the nursing home, just to see Karl Malone play....you know he was something special, something that even the Greatest generation admired.
    Karl Malone is the greatest player at many levels to ever play basketball.

  • Henry Drummond
    Aug. 14, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    Nobody every outworked Karl that's for sure. He and Larry Miller both wore there emotions on their sleeves (and lapels and collars and everywhere else). That was often disconcerting but oddly enough made them seem more like family.

  • woodmaster6225
    Aug. 14, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    Karl, Should be back in Utah working with the Jazz, I don't know what the Jazz problem is but if they had Malone their he could teach the work eltics of what he done. You don't need a great player, you need a great team. A Great player doesn't win championships, a great team of champtionship win a it. I know if Karl was back their it would be a much better Jazz team. They wouldn't be lazy like Boozer was for the jazz. They would be real basketball players.

  • Dick of the NW
    Aug. 14, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    Karl and John were and are one one of a kind for the Jazz and NBA. Horny was right there too. If any player needs an example just show them John, Karl, and Jeff. They were all about team. It is a little erie how D-Will and Big Al may re a revival of the Stockton to Malone. Big Al could get in the weight room a little to make himself stronger. However, the phrase, Stockton to Malone will ever be cherished. Thanks to both for being the MEN they are.

  • GaryS
    Aug. 14, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    Mixed feelings.

    I appreciated Karl for staying with the Jazz so long, patiently waiting for a championship team to be built, coming within a couple of bad calls of an NBA championship, and then sticking it out a few years when it was almost obvious that the luck had run out. And this is a man who has been good to his family and to whatever community he happens to be in, something rare and admirable in the NBA.

    However, couldn't he have picked someone other than the most hated of all Jazz rivals to carry him to his championship? He deserved one or two rings with the Jazz, but I am glad he didn't get one after jumping ship.

  • wrz
    Aug. 14, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    He shouldn't-a worn a black suit.

  • bgl
    Aug. 14, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    Awesome career and an amazing guy. Much love to the Mailman!!!!

  • Jazz Cop
    Aug. 14, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    ya, name one hall of famer that didn't work for their legacy, stating that the mailman set the tone for the jazz is a nice way to put it, layden said he made everyone rich, which is the truth, and he made it easy to like watching basketball and rout for the jazz, but the little jabs some of these writers take at the mailman, to have to mention he went to play for the lakers for one year is unappreciative and pretty ignorant, imo.

  • FRED8
    Aug. 14, 2010 9:46 a.m.

    I'm not a Jazz fan but I admired the mailman and his on court presence he's a true Hall of Famer thank you for the years of intertaining us.

  • peter
    Aug. 14, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    Malone put on an amazingly magnetic, entertaining show every game that attracted fans and nonfans alike, unlike any other power forward. It was fun to watch.

  • John Stewart Pill
    Aug. 14, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    Much respect to Mailman.

  • John in Georgia
    Aug. 14, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    Congratulations Mailman!

    I am a huge Malone fan. One of the things that most impressed me is how he started each new season with a noticeable improvement in some aspect of his game (during the early years especially). One year his free throw shooting improved and the next he had a better jump shot, etc. His model of self improvement has been an inspiration to me.

    In response to the earlier comment: I think the fact that he was so engaging with fans is one of the big reasons they were disappointed when he left (or threatened to leave).

  • eagle
    Aug. 14, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    What is somewhat ironic about the love affair the Jazz fans have with Stockton over Malone is that Stockton was always aloof and sometimes quite standoffish with the fans while Malone engaged with the fans...