"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
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.
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..
@ 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.
RE: Pete in TexasGet 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.
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... :)
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
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
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: The phamacy must be closed today.
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
Malone and stockton were both floppers. Glad neither one of them won a title
To yarrlydarb: People will not remember the all-time assists leader? Will they
also forget Pete Maravich or George Gervin, or perhaps Elgin Baylor?