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Utah Jazz: Karl Malone to help coach Jazz big men

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  • Denver2Portland Denver, CO
    May 29, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    Yawn, who cares.

    next season standings in west
    1. Thunder
    2. Spurs
    3. Nuggets
    4. Grizzlies
    5. Warriors
    6. Lakers
    7. Clippers
    8. Blazers
    9. Rockets
    10. Timberwolves
    11. Mavericks
    12. Jazz
    13. Kings
    14. Hornets
    15. Suns

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    May 29, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    This is a huge mistake.

    Malone has NO communication skills.

    And his work with ostertag shows he has NO people skills.

    Though he did learn how to be verbally abusive from the "great teacher" Sloan.

    This is going to end badly.

  • LinJ47 Toms River, NJ
    May 29, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    YEAH!!! HAPPY HAPPY!! JOY JOY!! Life just got better!!!! (((◠‿◠)))

  • eagle Provo, UT
    May 29, 2013 7:25 p.m.

    I would say maybe the Jazz could have looked at Kareem Abdul Jabbar. What is Bill Laimbeer doing these days? I think that guy is proven as a coach and should get a shot as a head coach sometime. I hope it works with Karl, I'm open that it could work but just because you're a great player doesn't mean you will be a great coach.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    May 29, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Geez. Malone is not being hired to teach English.

    He is being hired to teach guys to play basketball, and WIN. He was pretty darn good at that. Unlike some other Jazz players, he seldom missed a game, and he focused on winning, being ready and motivated, and not afraid to use his incredible strength. All are lessons that other Jazz players would do well to master.

    Karl can get his information across so other players will understand. He seemed to communicate pretty well with John Stockton, and Jerry Sloan, and Larry Miller, regardless of his English skills.

    Welcome back, Karl.
    Just don't get all pouty and greedy and run off to L.A. again.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    May 29, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    Just give Karl a chance and see what he can do.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    May 29, 2013 9:15 p.m.

    Karl became great because of his work ethic, not because of superior athletic ability (although he was no slouch in that area either). Become great from hard work is teachable where you can't teach someone to be a great athlete. I think that will help Karl to be able to help our youthful bigs. Remember, Karl also became a great defender! I couldn't even tell you how many times he would physically just slap the ball out of an offensive players hands. Also, when players would try to post Karl up and try to body him closer to the basket he would just step back while they were leaning on him, watch them fall backwards and get called for traveling. That was genius!!

  • RRB SLC, UT
    May 29, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    Good for the Jazz. Malone worked with Millsap, and did a great job.

  • vinnyb3 Provo, UT
    May 29, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    Finally.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    May 30, 2013 4:39 a.m.

    I hope that this means the end of Big Al and back to the pick'n roll.
    You guys who are attacking Malone on his speech and the way you perceive it to be lack of intelligence is ignorant.
    Karl is and was a hall of fame athlete. The other guys mentioned as options are foolish. Many of the have already failed to help teams. Why not have a guy who loves the organization help? I am all for giving him a chance just for what he did as a player.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    May 30, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Love the Mailman! Karl tells it like it is and his work ethic is legendary. Welcome back!!!

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    If things go well maybe he could replace Lowe.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    This will help the Jazz, no doubt. Now the Jazz need to concentrate on getting good, young, athletic players from the draft. With proper training, we can really have a competitive NBA team in the future.

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Welcome back Karl!

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    @too smart

    Name a player in the NBA who speaks proper English? Also, you may want to have a flawless post yourself if you are going to rip into someone else for how they speak. You spelled advanced, anvanced.

    @ Jazzsmack

    How can it be a mistake? Communicating should not be too hard. Malone is working with them on the court for crying outloud.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    May 30, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    The way Karl talks is who he is.. Let it be. And to the troller D2P when you make it to the HOF maybe your comments will have value.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 30, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    "Karl became great because of his work ethic, not because of superior athletic ability (although he was no slouch in that area either). Become great from hard work is teachable where you can't teach someone to be a great athlete.". Americanvet, that's the heart of it, and with any luck that's what he'll bring to these young guys. Man, that we could bottle that and feed it to all of our young people. As an outspoken liberal on these threads, I fully recognize and support the role of government in our lives, but what I lament is support should sustain but it should also build self reliance and it often doesn't. Karl got it. Talent is the price of entry, hard work is the currency of success. Let's hope he can bring that message to the Jazz.

  • Spider Rico Greeley, CO
    May 30, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    Welcome back Karl! Kick these youngster's butts and help them work like you and the Jazz will have an incredible thing

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 30, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    "The 'postman' cometh". I believe that he will deliver. He is colorful or disruptive depending on your point of view. I happen to believe that the "glass is half full". He is a dominant personality and an alpha male which can only bode well for both Favors and Kanter. Ah! Now if only we can find an adequate mail carrier to pass them the ball inside so that they can stuff the mailbox.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    May 30, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    These privileged 22 yr old kids need someone like Karl to tell them "they haven't done nothin'" If they could just get some of Karl's work ethic and toughness they could accomplish much.

  • Ed Meyer Kanab, UT
    May 30, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Here's how I see it. Karl wants to help the Jazz and is motivated to do so. He could be doing many other things, but he is choosing to help his old team and a motivated Karl Malone is certainly of value. Will he fit in? I hope so. Certainly, his commitment to conditioning would be a tremendous help and hopefully he can teach the young players how to develop controlled motivation. At this point, I think we need to say a since, "Thanks Karl,". Whether it works out in the long run or not, I'm still grateful for his gesture.

  • Spider Rico Greeley, CO
    May 30, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    Some people are worried about Malone's penchant for speaking out of turn/causing controversy. I for one look forward to getting a little character back in the organization. Larry was full of character as was Karl. The Jazz as an organization have become so boring on and off the court that it has become irrelevant in the national scene. I for one hope Karl continues to be himself and speak his mind as long as he works hard at his job as he always has.

  • TallNSkinny43 Germantown, MD
    May 30, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    From what Ive seen. Kanter, at least, has the work ethic. He showed it when he got in shape during the last off season, and he played well when given the chance. Im not sure about Favors. Hopefully this added help from Malone means that the Jazz are committing to Favors and Kanter and will let at least Jefferson go. Malone can teach them loads. a 3 man rotation with them and Millsap would be awesome.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    May 30, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    This is the first time in 3 years that I have been excited about the Jazz!

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 30, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    Hopefully Karl is kept strictly in the gym with our bigs. I think it would not hurt for him to share some technique, tricks, and mentality of what it takes to get to the elite level he was at.

    That being said, I listened on the radio yesterday and I think it would be best if he stayed behind the scenes with the expertise he has.

    I sure hope it translates and has carryover with Favors and Kanter. Those two really could be a formidable duo down low if they continue to develop. Karl was a beast and it would be nice if we had 2 versions of him.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 30, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    I am happy for the first few practices as I see Karl being able to share what he can remember.

    After that how do you spell train wreck?

    What happens the first time that he tells the bigs to do something and then during the game Corbin tells them otherwise?

    The answer is a shouting match where Corbin is no match for Karl. Karl may not be right but he will be the loudest and with that a rift will appear and then the Jazz can have Deron part 2.

    Loose canons make those around them cannon fodder. When KArl played here he would rant and rave to the media who would communicate to the fans that Larry Miller was an idiot and was not treating Karl fairly.

    All the while Larry was the one with the dream and the one holding the team and coaching staff together and providing a competitive team for Utah fans to enjoy.

    Karl has not gone to college since leaving the Jazz so he is not any smarter, I would venture to say he would still be loud.

    This should be a headline instead of reality.

  • dave22 SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    May 30, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    Karl Malone is a legend and the jazz are fortunate to have him on board.. if he steps on Corbin's toes to a degree, who really cares? Its not like Corbin has really earned respect as great coach..

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    re: Go Big Blue!!!

    "...Karl tells it like it is..."

    Is that before or after he does a 360 I mean 180?

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    May 30, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    I miss having Karl on the Jazz bench. I think he can contribute a lot to these young players' development.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 2, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Here's hoping that once John's kids are old enough...comes to Utah and coach the Jazz to a title...