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Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired Americanmarker professional basketball player.

Born in Summerfield, Louisianamarker, he was nicknamed in college as the Mailman for his consistency ("the mailman always delivers") and his work in the post. Malone twice won the National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player award. He is generally considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history, and has scored the second most points in NBA history (36,942 pts. scored in his entire career), trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

On May 30, 2007, Malone was named creator of basketball promotion and assistant strength and dieting coach at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech University in Rustonmarker.

Malone spent his first 18 seasons (1985–2003) as the star player for the Utah Jazz forming a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton. He then played one season (2003–04) for the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring.

Malone's jersey was retired on March 23, 2006, when the Jazz hosted the Washington Wizards. He was also honored with the unveiling of a bronze statue outside the EnergySolutions Arenamarker next to teammate John Stockton, and the renaming of a portion of 100 South in Salt Lake Citymarker in his honor. The intersection where the Stockton and Malone statues stand is now the intersection of Stockton and Malone.

NBA career

Karl Malone was chosen by the Jazz in 1985 out of Louisiana Tech with the 13th overall pick in the draft. Malone's first season was a success, averaging 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds. After his rookie season, the Jazz saw in him the potential to be the cornerstone of their offense. So, they traded star forward Adrian Dantley to the Detroit Pistons and decided to build around Malone. This turned out to be the correct move, as Malone upped his production to 21.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

At the same time, reserve point guard John Stockton was winning the trust of the coaching staff and the love of the fans. By the 1987–88 season, Malone was the foundation of the offense and Stockton was the floor general. Malone made his first All-Star Game in 1988 on the strength of 27.1 points per game, and made his first All-NBA team at the end of the season. This would be the first of 14 consecutive All-Star appearances for Malone. The Jazz went 47–35, third in the Midwest Division, and defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. It was in the next round however, that the Jazz as a team rose to national prominence. The Jazz took the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers, led by perennial All-Stars Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to seven games. Malone upped his production to 29 points per game in that postseason.

The next year, Malone averaged 29.1 points, good for second in the NBA behind Michael Jordan, and 10.7 rebounds, which was fifth in the league. At the 1989 NBA All-Star Game, Malone finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists en route to his first All-Star MVP. The Jazz finished 51–31, but were upset in five games in the first round by the Golden State Warriors. The next year Malone increased his scoring to 31 points and his rebounding to 11.1 a game, but the Jazz were once again eliminated in the first round, this time by the Phoenix Suns.

For the time Malone and Stockton played together on the Jazz, the two would form one of the most productive guard–forward combinations in NBA history. Playing Jerry Sloan's scrappy and tough style and perfecting the pick and roll to a maximum degree of efficiency, the Jazz became a staple to make it to the playoffs and to have a winning record in the regular season. Malone would lead the Jazz to multiple 50-win seasons with the exception of 1992–93 (47–35) where the Jazz stumbled after the All-Star Game (when he and Stockton won co-MVP honors).

Through this time, Malone continued to put up stellar numbers, averaging 28/11.2, 27/11.2, 25.2/11.5, 26.7/10.6 and 25.7/9.8 from 1992 to 1996. The Jazz however, only made it as far as the Western Conference Finals in this period, losing to the Portland Trail Blazers (1992), the Houston Rockets (1994) and the Seattle SuperSonics (1996).

During the 1996–97 season, Malone put up a resurgent 27.4 points per game while leading the Jazz to a 64–18 record, the highest win total in Malone's 12 seasons with the Jazz. The Jazz were the best team in the Western Conference and the second-best in the league, and for his efforts Malone was awarded his first NBA Most Valuable Player. After sweeping the Los Angeles Clippers and easily defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, the Jazz took on the Houston Rockets, led by Hall of Fame-bound, but aging trio Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and Clyde Drexler. The Jazz beat them in six games (the last victory coming on a memorable last-second shot by Stockton). Malone finally got to the Finals in 1997, where he was pitted against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. In a matchup of the two previous MVPs, the Bulls took the first two games at the United Center. Malone struggled from the field, going 6 of 20 for 20 points in game two. However the Jazz rebounded to take the next two games at the Delta Center behind Malone's 37 points in Game 3 and 28 in Game 4. The Bulls took the next two games and the series.

The next season saw the Jazz once again dominate. Malone put up 27 points per game and just missed out on his second MVP award, losing to Michael Jordan. Nevertheless, the Jazz posted a 62–20 record, which was the best in the NBA. The Jazz once again were seated at the top of the Western Conference, and in the 1998 playoffs they defeated the Rockets, Spurs and Lakers en route to their second consecutive Finals appearance. The rematch with the Chicago Bulls would start differently, as Malone put up 25 points and the Jazz won Game 1, 88–85. Malone found himself unable to put up consistently stellar numbers, due in large part to the swarming defense of renowned defenders Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen. Despite putting up 28 points in Game 6, the Bulls won the game and the series.

In the lockout-shortened 1999 season, Malone won his second MVP award and the Jazz went 37–13 in the abbreviated season. They lost in the second round to the Trail Blazers, and for the next couple of years the Jazz would fall out of contention for a title. Despite the decline of his team, and his advancing age, Karl Malone still put up All-Star numbers, averaging 25.5, 23.2, 22.4, and 20.6 points per game in his last four seasons with Utah. In the 2002–2003 season, Karl Malone passed Wilt Chamberlain for second on the all-time scoring list with his 36,374 points. He became a free agent after that season.

Karl stayed on active duty for one more season, joining the Los Angeles Lakers in an attempt to win a championship, the only major achievement absent in his career. His bid failed as the Lakers were defeated in five games by the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals, a series where Malone sprained his right knee and played injured for four of the five games before missing game 5, with the Lakers down 3–1 and the series almost over. Although several NBA teams such as the Lakers, Heat, Timberwolves and even the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs sought his services for the 2004–05 season, Malone decided to retire as a player on February 13, 2005. The Jazz retired his number 32 jersey in his honor. Despite his retirement, the Lakers never renounced his rights.

Achievements and awards

  • Stockton and Malone shattered many NBA records while playing together. Stockton holds the NBA record for most career assists and steals, while Malone holds the records for most free throws attempted and made; he is first all-time in defensive rebounds, as well as being second all-time on the NBA career scoring list, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • Both he and Stockton were selected to be a part of the Dream Team, the legendary 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team that was the first to feature professional NBA players. They are two-time Olympic Gold medalists, having won one in 1992 and another 1996 in Atlantamarker.

  • Both hold many records of longevity, having faced very few long term injuries in their careers and having played for 19 seasons each.
  • Between them, they hold almost every major statistical record for the Utah Jazz franchise.
  • Malone received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award twice while playing for the Jazz, in 1997 and 1999 seasons.
  • Voted in 1996 to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list.
  • Voted to 11 All-NBA first teams, two second teams and one third team.
  • Voted an All-Star 14 times. MVP of the All-Star game in 1989 and co-MVP in 1993 with Stockton.
  • Voted to three NBA All-Defensive teams and one second team.
  • Malone was ranked #13 on Slam Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003.
  • Played in 1476 games, averaging 37.2 minutes, 51% shooting from the floor, 74% from the free throw line, 25.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.41 steals per game.
  • Recorded a record eleven consecutive seasons in which he scored at least 2,000 points. No other player has come close to this achievement.
  • His jersey number was retired by the Utah Jazz (#32) in Salt Lake City on March 23, 2006.
  • A bronze statue depicting Malone was dedicated on March 23, 2006 on the southeast corner of the EnergySolutions Arena block, next to the one depicting John Stockton.

Player profile

Malone is regarded as one of the best power forwards in the history of the NBA. He collected two regular-season MVP Awards, 11 NBA First Team nominations and was also selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team three times.

He scored 36,928 points (25.0 per game), second best all-time, on remarkable .516 shooting. His high field goal percentage benefited from two factors, namely the pick-and-roll offense, and secondly his physical power, enabling him to overpower most forwards. Malone grabbed an average 10.1 rebounds (thus averaging a double-double in his career) and also averaged 1.41 steals per game.

Karl Malone would lead the NBA in free throws made seven separate seasons (an NBA record). He was a physical defender and rebounder, and one of the most durable players ever in the NBA, missing a total of only five regular season games in his first 13 years in the league. He maintained a high level of play even at age 40, becoming the oldest player to both log a triple-double and to be a starter on an NBA-Finals bound team. Malone's work ethic showed prominently in his formative years in the NBA where he raised his free throw shooting percentage from below 50% to 75% in a few years. He also added a long range jump shot which made him difficult to defend.

Malone wore number 32 for the Utah Jazz. He wore number 11 for the Los Angeles Lakers (number 32 was retired honoring Magic Johnson, though Johnson himself offered to have it unretired for Malone to wear, an offer Malone politely refused) and also for the Dream Team (the players wore 4 to 15 to adhere to FIBA rules).

Notable games

  • Malone was named Most Valuable Player of the 1989 NBA All-Star Game, finishing the contest with 28 points and 9 rebounds.
  • On January 27, 1990, Malone scored a career-high 61 points in a 144-96 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. He made 21 of 26 field goal and 19 of 23 free throws. It was the most points scored by a Jazz player since the team moved to Utah from New Orleans. By playing only 33 minutes, Malone became the 3rd player in NBA history to score at least 60 points while playing less than 40 minutes in a game. The others to have accomplished this feat are Jerry West (63 points in 39 minutes on January 17, 1962) and George Gervin (63 points in 33 minutes on April 9, 1978). Kobe Bryant is the 4th and latest player to have achieved this feat, and is also currently the only one to do this twice (62 points in 33 minutes on December 20, 2005 and 61 points in 36 minutes on February 2, 2009 while also breaking Madison Square Garden scoring record).
  • Malone scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game, sharing the game's MVP honors with teammate John Stockton.
  • Against the Golden State Warriors (on March 29, 1994), Malone set a career high with 23 rebounds (11 offensive, 12 defensive).
  • Malone posted his first career triple-double with 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 2, 1996.
  • On May 11, 1997, in a playoff game against the Lakers, Malone made 18 of 18 free throws, breaking the NBA record for most free throw attempts without a miss in a single playoff game. He finished with 42 points.
  • Malone scored 50 points and added 12 rebounds in a playoff game against the Seattle SuperSonics on April 22, 2000. The 50 points set a Jazz franchise playoff record.
  • On November 30, 2003, while playing with the Lakers, Malone became the oldest NBA player ever to post a triple-double (at age 40). He totaled 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in just 26 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs.
  • With his 30-point, 13-rebound performance April 25, 2004 at Houston, Karl Malone became the oldest player in playoff history to score 30-plus points in a game and only the second player over 40 to tally 30-plus points in a postseason contest, the other being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


Malone has been married to the former Kay Kinsey, winner of the 1988 Miss Idaho USA pageant, since December 24, 1990. The couple has four children together: son Karl, Jr. born 1995, and daughters Kadee born 1991, Kylee born 1993, and Karlee born 1998.

In 1998, the tabloid newspaper The Globe reported that Malone had been a defendant in paternity lawsuits, filed shortly after Malone began his professional basketball career in the late 1980s, which alleged that he was the father of three children by two women from his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana: Demetrius Bell and twins Daryl and Cheryl Ford. Malone had been 17 when the Ford twins were born to Bonita Ford, who was approximately the same age. However, Malone was 20 years old when Gloria Bell, at age 13, conceived Demetrius. The Salt Lake Tribune conducted a follow-up investigation and reported that in the aftermath of the Globe story, Malone had met with the Ford twins for the first time since visiting them in the hospital after they were born. Malone did not meet with Bell at that time, and Malone's attorney insisted that Malone had settled the lawsuits prior to any conclusive establishment of paternity, and thus still did not know whether he was truly the father of any of the children.

The Tribune confirmed that the judge in the Bell lawsuit ruled Malone to be the father, not based on presented evidence, but rather because Malone did not respond to the suit. However, the paper also examined court documents detailing the evidence that was to have been presented had Malone responded and a trial ensued. One of the items listed was a laboratory blood test which concluded with over 99 percent certainty that Bell's father was either Malone or a brother of Malone. The paper also reported that applying that same blood sample to the Ford twins resulted in a similarly high probability of paternity by Malone. According to the Tribune, Malone challenged the court's ruling with regard to Bell, claiming that the judgment holding him responsible for $125 per week in child support, plus past and future medical expenses, was excessive. Before Malone's appeal was adjudicated, the lawsuit was settled on confidential terms. In the case regarding the Ford twins, Malone was ruled to be their father when he violated a court order by refusing to reveal his assets or submit to a DNA test. Thereafter, another out-of-court settlement was reached.

By the fall of 1998, Malone had accepted his paternity of the Ford twins, and Kay Malone spoke publicly of the twins being members of the Malone family. Since that time, Karl Malone has maintained a relationship with the twins, each of whom later played college basketball at his alma mater of Louisiana Tech University. Cheryl Ford has gone on to a professional basketball career with the Detroit Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association.

To date, Malone has made no public comment with regard to Bell, who is now an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills professional football team of the National Football League. In 2008, The Buffalo News reported that Bell's first and only meeting with Malone came shortly after Bell graduated from high school. According to Bell, Malone told him at that time that it was "too late" for them to have a father-son relationship.

Malone is a registered Republican who has made contributions to the campaign of George W. Bush and other conservative causes. He is a staunch supporter of the US military presence in Iraq and has expressed anger that politicians have accused American troops abroad of abuse, saying that "Congress and the senators need to be slapped around for saying it."

Malone is an avid hunter and fisherman. He owns a summer home in Kenai, Alaska where he gets to enjoy his hobbies.[Outdoor Life 2009]

See also



  1. The News Star - - Monroe, LA
  2. : Karl Malone Info Page
  3. - Jazz Retired Malone's No. 32
  4. Karl Malone falls short, as a father
  5. Fantin, Linda. Spirit vs. Letter of Law in Malone Paternity Suits. The Salt Lake Tribune, July 19, 1998.
  6. Fantin, Linda. Three Children Who Grew Up in the Shadow of Karl Malone; In spite of settling paternity suits, Jazz superstar never acknowledged Louisiana teens. But recently he made contact with twins; Children Claim Karl Malone Is Their Father. The Salt Lake Tribune, July 19, 1998.
  7. Siegel, Lee. Kay Malone Brings Message of Love To Families Panel; Keynote speaker enlivens conference with Mailman household anecdotes; Family The Focus at Utah Conference. The Salt Lake Tribune, November 8, 1998.
  8. Wilson, Allen. Dad Karl Malone a footnote in Demetrius Bell’s life. The Buffalo News, April 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
  10. Malone Offers to Slap Politicians for Criticizing Troops Sporting News, March 12, 2009

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