Utah Jazz: Stockton says talking in person is remedy to Malone-Miller spat

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  • Square Kokonut Orem, Utah
    Feb. 7, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    Hopefully Miller has benefited from his father's business savvy but obviously lacking in sports business 'gamesmanship'. Clashing egos play more a negative than a positive role in strengthening a sports franchise and 'doing' what's right may be more important than 'being' right at this point. Miller would be wise to take Jazz great John Stockton's advice to heart...and soon! To continue to drag another Jazz great like Malone's name through the mud publicly is not only a distraction to the present team's season but will also disenfranchise many in Jazz Nation who revere the likes of Malone and Stockton as putting the Jazz on the map in the first place not to mention keeping them here this long. Such 'petty' personal differences are best settled behind closed doors!

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 7, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    Can anyone really see Malone coaching? Malone seems to get bored real easily. Though he was a great player, he often played out any dis-pleasures with management though the media. I don't think anyone believes that Malone was forced to get a ticket from a scalper to attend a game.

    John is the reason Malone was so good. Stockton made everyone around him better. Malone was good but would only be an "Orlando Woolridge" type player without John Stockton. Stockton even made Mike Brown, Shandon Anderson into good players. Once they left Utah, nobody ever heard of these guys.

    Stockton would be a great coach, with Hornacek and Tyrone Corbin. Malone would be a good part time, off-season coach to teach positioning to the big guys.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 7, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    If LHM treated KM as a son, was GM jealous, and now that's showing? K may well have called the Jazz ticket office, and they had no ticket for him as he said, it may not have been a lie as G said...clearly some animosity has been brewing for some time there.

    I don't "love" John Stockton's lack of interface with fans when he was a player...the game face thing worked for him, but it seemed then like pulling teeth to get John to give more than a painted on smile and act genuinely friendly towards fans. And he really could have helped the team by shooting 3-4 more times a game.

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 7, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    I miss Stockon's level headed approach. This is definitely something that is missing from management, players and fans in the sports world.

    To me Sloan did look tired. I'm not Jerry Sloan so I can't say how he really felt but watching him on the bench last year he did not appear to have the same fire that he had always demonstrated. I take his statements at face value. I think he was ready to retire.

  • Fred33 KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    Everyone is speculating what would have happened if LHM was still around. How do you know that anything would have been different if he was? It is all speculation. Malone is holding true to form by going to the media to air his greivances. Does anyone here remember some of the public spats between Karl and LHM? They eventually made up in all cases. Bottom line, that is what needs to happen now between Karl and Greg.

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    @BrianDavis1326. You said it well.

  • BrianDavis1326 Clearfield, Utah
    Feb. 6, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    A face-to-face meeting would be fine, but I think the point that everyone's missing is that Karl probably doesn't even want to have anything to do with Greg Miller. LHM and Malone were like father and son. Greg Miller is like a king looking over his realm and expecting everyone to fall in line. Sloan is too classy to attack the Jazz or Deron Williams, but I don't believe for a bit that he "just got too tired." I agree it's time to move on, because the past is the past, but when Greg Miller attacks a Hall of Famer and a guy who made his dad millions of dollars (while getting paid millions), he should be taken to task for it.

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Spot on Stockton.

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    Love, love John Stockton!! He definitely has his priorities straight, and when the time is right, it would be great to see him coaching.

    I also think he is exactly right that issues like those between Greg Miller and Karl Malone are best discussed face to face. Blogging and twitter are just not the way to handle interpersonal relationship, as it is too easy to fire off comments that are hurtful or disparaging with just the touch of a button. Hopefully, they will be able to mend things between them.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Feb. 6, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    Thanks Monster. Good job, I give John credit when he did not have to, for trying to put this to bed. Especially as a private non-controversial person. It is hard to belief this guy is almost 50, I wish I looked that good turning 50. He is an amazing guy