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Karl Malone

Malone in 1997
Personal information
Born (1963-07-24) July 24, 1963 (age 53)
Summerfield, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school Summerfield (Summerfield, Louisiana)
College Louisiana Tech (1982–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career 1985–2004
Position Power forward
Number 32, 11
Career history
As player:
1985–2003 Utah Jazz
2003–2004 Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
2007–2011 Louisiana Tech (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

2× NBA Most Valuable Player (1997, 1999)
14× NBA All-Star (1988–1998, 2000–2002)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1989, 1993)
11× All-NBA First Team (1989–1999)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 2000)
All-NBA Third Team (2001)
3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997–1999)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988)
NBA All-Rookie Team (1986)
No. 32 retired by Utah Jazz
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
Second-team All-American – NABC (1985)
Southland Player of the Year (1983)
No. 32 retired by Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame (1992)

Career NBA statistics
Points 36,928 (25.0 ppg)
Rebounds 14,968 (10.1 rpg)
Assists 5,238 (3.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

You work for whatever you get in life.
But I think anybody who believes I could force coach Sloan to resign is crazy. He's stronger than that and personally if I said that to him, he'd probably go tell me to go do something.
Karl Malone
Even though I left for a year, I grew here as a Jazz man. If I'm fortunate enough to go into the Hall of Fame, I will go as a Jazz man.
Karl Malone
I just work out hard enough that, if I'm craving something, I eat it and know I'm going to burn it off the next day with extra intensity.
Karl Malone
Did you really think I would sell you out?
Look at this, scabs and cuts all over me, I get these every night, every game. They can't tell you that you're not at risk, and you can't tell me there's one guy in the N.B.A. who hasn't thought about it.
Karl Malone
You're a professional. You don't need for me to break a film down for you. If you want to stop the guy you're playing, they pay you millions of dollars. You get you a TV and break the player down yourself.
Karl Malone
Everything I've been through, everything I'm about to go through in my career and my life, if my family wasn't with me and didn't support me, it would be really tough.
Karl Malone
I just think we want to stay healthy, and I don't think we think about a sense of urgency. We realize how old we are, we realize we've been playing this game for a long time, but you know what? We're not done yet.
Karl Malone
I don't know what my label is. I just think of myself as a plain forward. I like to think I have some finesse to my game, but inside the paint is where men are made. If you can't play there, you should be home with your mama.
Karl Malone
I have many friends and family members who have served (or are currently serving) in our nation's Armed Forces. I have such a profound respect for what they do day in and day out.
Karl Malone
I have such a profound respect for what they do day in and day out. This USO tour is especially meaningful because of the friends I have met and I am honored to be apart of it.
Karl Malone
For me to be here tonight, everything had to be perfect. I had to get drafted by Utah, had to play with a point guard like John Stockton, and had to be coached by Jerry Sloan and Frank Layden.
Karl Malone
Some people might not like him because he's my son. But be respectful, go out there and enjoy the game.
Karl Malone
You have injuries that bother you when you're not playing. When that horn blows, you don't feel it.
Karl Malone
I just want to make a name for myself and get to the next level.
Misery loves company. This is a Hollywood soap opera, and I'm not going to be a star in another Bryant soap opera.
Karl Malone
I hope I did it the way my peers did it before me. I didn't do anything but try to play hard.
Karl Malone
Sometimes, you follow your dreams. I say to the young people, 'If you have a dream, chase it.'
Karl Malone
All records are not made to be broken.
When I said I retired from basketball playing, I have retired. You will not see me play again. That is a promise.
Karl Malone
I think we're a deeper team, a better team, we still have work to do… nothing is guaranteed, but hopefully we got the mentality to play on the road, and we're starting to get our home thing back in order now-if we can do that we'll be just fine.
Karl Malone
It takes people a while to trust you.
At some point in time I will be honored if I would be mentioned as a coach.
Karl Malone
They changed the floor back to old school. They changed the uniform back to old school. Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school.
Karl Malone
If I got something to say or do to a man, I'm going to look that man in the eye and tell him what is going to happen. That's just me now.
Karl Malone
To catch the ball, face up, look at all of my options and then pass. I was playing hot potato. I didn't want to be the guy to stall the triangle.
Karl Malone
Marijuana is not tested for, and yet that is the big thing guys are getting in trouble with in the league. It's terrible.
Karl Malone
I have my life on a track that I want it on, and I don't want to get off.
Karl Malone
I'll make the right decision, whichever one it is. I have to be 100 percent, not 95 or 99.
Karl Malone
Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school.
You don't try to do more than you should.
You take the good with the bad and try not to listen to everything said about you because you know it's not good.
Karl Malone
I have to be working, doing things. That's the way I grew up and the way I was taught.
Karl Malone
I can do something physically the other guy can't. I know the other guy has not dedicated himself the way I did.
Karl Malone
Forget the technique. Hit the guy across from you. Don't let somebody come in your space.
Karl Malone
I realize that things happen for a reason.
I spent a lot of time doing things other people wanted me to do, so I'm doing what I want to do now.
Karl Malone
If I could have come in for $10m, I would have done that. I've been pretty smart with my money. I'm playing because I want to play this game here – I want the opportunity.
Karl Malone
I never felt I had the kind of relationship with Magic that I could just pick up the phone and call him at home.
Karl Malone