At least it's not Jordan. When I saw the title, I got nervous.
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!
Happy Birthday Karl! Along with the Wasatch, you, Stockton and Sloan made my
days in Salt Lake mo betta. Thank you...
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
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.
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.
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!!!
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 !
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
How big of fan of Karl can you be if you spell his name wrong?
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!!!
Well done Karl thanks for playing in Utah. Please just don't hire Michael
Jordan's speech writer. Just kidding. Best wishes to you.
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
@ 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.
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.
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
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