Karl Malone

Karl Anthony Malone ( born July 24, 1963 in Summerfield, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana ) is a retired American professional basketball player. During his active time Malone was also known as "The Mailman " ( the postman ). This nickname comes from the fact that Malone 's basket successes as reliable zustellte as the postman his letters. Malone is one of the best power forwards of all time.

  • 4.2 In the play-offs

Childhood and college

Karl Malone grew up as the youngest son of nine children with his single mother Shirley up on a farm. His father Shedrick Hay was living with another woman and family. Hay committed suicide as Malone was 14 years old. During his childhood and youth Malone often worked on the farm. His other hobbies included hunting, fishing and chopping wood. In high school in Summerfield Malone played for the basketball team at school. His team he led to three ' Louisiana Class C' title in a row. Due to its individual performance Malone was first recruited by the University of Arkansas. However, he decided afterwards to study in the domestic Louisiana Tech University College and ' Bulldogs Louisiana Tech ' to play for the basketball team. Due to poor grades Malone had to suspend his freshman year. In the remaining three years of his college career, Malone has become one of the best players in the country. He led during the 1984-85 season with his team 29-3 at the top of the ' Southland Conference ', and the ' Bulldogs ' reached for the first time in their college history the NCAA tournament.


Early years (1985-1988)

When NBA Draft Karl Malone was selected by the Utah Jazz in 13th place. First, Malone refused to go to the team from the Mormon state of hunting on basket and forced a change to the Dallas Mavericks, to be closer to his home. Later, however, he admitted that he was a fan of jazz, as they were originally located in New Orleans, Louisiana, before the team moved to Salt Lake City. Malone developed under Head Coach Frank Layden one of the best rookies in his class. With 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, he was appointed to the All- Rookie NBA team and third in the election for NBA Rookie of the Year. After the Jazz management their star player Adrian Dantley transferred to the Pistons, Malone became the best player in the jazz. In its second year, Malone already posted 21.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and was, despite his 24 years, the undisputed leader of the jazz players. In 1987, with John Stockton the previous substitutes for Ricky Green, the tasks of the launching playmaker. Together with Stockton made ​​Malone a dangerous duo, nicknamed 'Stock Alone' was due to the textbook -like mastery of the pick-and -roll- turn. 1988 Malone was first appointed to the All- Star Game, the first appointment of a total of 14 who still followed in his career. He led the Western Conference with 22 points, but lost its western selection against the Ostauswahl. Malone scored that season 27.1 points per game and became the first time in his career in the First All- NBA team ' called. By 1999, Malone stood on end in the "First Team". With the Utah Jazz Malone reached the second playoff round, but the Jazz eliminated against the Los Angeles Lakers from.

Ascent to the All-Star (1988-1990)

In the summer of 1988, Malone signed a 10 - year contract with the Jazz. In December 1988, the Jazz got Jerry Sloan with a new head coach. Frank Layden joined the management of jazz. Again, Malone was appointed to the All-Star Game in 1989 and elected with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the MVP of the All-Star Game. With 29.1 points, he was behind Michael Jordan the best scorer in the league with 10.7 rebounds Malone reached the fifth- best finish. In the playoffs, the Jazz eliminated in the first round against the Golden State Warrior. During the 1989-90 season, Malone scored a personal record when he scored 61 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 27, 1990. Average Malone scored 31.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. The Jazz again eliminated in the first playoff round against the Phoenix Suns from.

Olympic champion and superstar (1990-1996)

Between 1992 and 1996 Karl Malone scored regularly 25 points and 10 rebounds per game and was among the best players in the league. 1992 Malone was a member of the Dream Team that won gold with stars such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona together with teammate Stockton. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Stockton and Malone won as members of the 'Dream Team III ' re the gold medal.

During the 1992/93 season Malone was appointed along with Stockton Co- MVP of the All-Star Game in their home place Salt Lake City. 1994 reinforced the Jazz with Jeff Hornacek. Malone and the Jazz reach three times the ' Western Conference Finals ' (1992, 1994 and 1996 ), but dropped out almost always.

Final appearances with the Jazz (1997-1998)

In the NBA 1996-97 season, the Jazz established as the best team in the West. Malone scored 27.4 points per game. For his individual and mannschaftliche successes, Karl Malone was voted NBA Most Valuable Player of the season. Utah reached 1997 for the first time in team history the NBA Finals. However, the Jazz defeated by the Chicago Bulls 4-2. Karl Malone was particularly nervous and stumbled in Game 6 in the crucial minutes from the free throw line. The following year, the Jazz closed the season as the best team in the NBA. Once again reached the Jazz the NBA Finals, where they faced the Bulls again. Malone played a good series, but it underwent in the decisive sixth game of a mistake when he lost the ball in the low post to Michael Jordan and this made ​​the decisive points for the Bulls. The last attack of the Jazz backfired when John Stockton to throw at the last second sat near miss. So the Jazz were subject again 4-2 against the Bulls.

Last year at the Jazz (1998-2003)

With the resignation of Michael Jordan sensed Malone and the Jazz their chance to get the desired championship to Utah. The shortened to 50 games NBA season 1998/99 Malone again won the MVP award and led Utah to 37 wins. However, Utah lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second playoff round. The coming years, the Jazz were back behind their expectations. In spite of well-known reinforcements such as Donyell Marshall or Matt Harpring never reached the Jazz up to 2003 and moving into the ' Western Conference finals '. Also Malones points yield decreased from 25.5 points per game (1998/ 1999) to 20.6 (2002 /2003). Nevertheless, he still was, despite his advanced age as one of the best players at his position. During the 2002/ 03 season Michael Jordan Malone surpassed total score and occupied since the second place in the eternal scorer 's list of NBA history behind Kareem Abdul- Jabbar.

Stint with the Lakers (2003-2004)

In 2003, Malone joined longtime teammate and friend John Stockton returned from professional basketball sport. Karl Malone left the Utah Jazz as a free agent and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers to even play one last time for the title. Due to injury he played with only half the season. On the side of Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Gary Payton, the Lakers reached the NBA Finals. Despite their role as favorites, the Lakers the Detroit Pistons documents with 1:4 in the best- of-seven series. Due to injury, Malone played with the first four games of the finals series with moderate benefits, the fifth and last game he sat out completely.

FreeAgent and withdrawal (2004-2005)

After the lost finale Malone was again a free agent. Because of the injury and a team of internal problems with Kobe Bryant Malone did not return to the Lakers. During the 2004-05 season there were rumors that Malone could try it with the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs again. These rumors, however, never came true. On February 13, 2005 Karl Malone explained at the age of 42 years in the Delta Center his retirement from professional sports.


  • On 23 March 2006, the Utah Jazz Malone's jersey number 32 retired. Similarly, Malone and Stockton were honored with bronze statues (now Energy Solutions Arena) were placed at the entrance of the Delta Center.
  • On 10 August 2010, Karl Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • 2 x Olympic champion (1992, 1996)
  • 2 x MVP (1997, 1999)
  • 14 x NBA All-Star ( 1988-1998, 2000-2002), came in 12 games for use
  • 11 x All- NBA First Team (1989-1999 )
  • 2 x All- NBA Second Team (1988, 2000)
  • All- NBA Third Team (2001)
  • 3 x All- NBA Defensive First Team (1997-1999)
  • All- NBA Defensive Second Team (1988 )
  • NBA All - Rookie Team (1986 )
  • 2 x All-Star Game MVP (1989, 1993)
  • 50 Greatest Players in NBA History ( 1996)


  • As of December 12, 2012

With 1434 games for the Jazz after Malone John Stockton (1594 ), the most loyal players in the NBA history. He played in all 82 games Season: 1987-88, 1990-91, 1993-97 and 2000 81 Games:. . 1986, 1992, 1998, 2001 and 2003, 80 games: 1989, 2002, 1999. 49 of 50 ( strike ) and 2004 42 of 82

With 1412 games Stockton and Malone ( "stock Alone" ) have played so many games together, like no other duo in NBA history. In 11 seasons in a row, he scored a total of more than 2000 points. He needed the most NBA games to reach the first triple double: 860 Three more players needed more than 800 games: Patrick Ewing ( 834 ), Tony Parker ( 826 ) and Cedric Maxwell ( 824 ).

In the play-offs

  • As of December 12, 2012


Karl Malone is married to the former 'Miss Idaho ' Kay Kinsey since 1990. Together they have four children. From previous relationships Malone has three other children. Demetrius Bell and twins Daryl and Cheryl Ford Bell is Offensive Tackle for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL. Cheryl Ford plays basketball and from 2003 to 2009, the Detroit Shock in the WNBA active.

Malone is an avid truck fan and owns a car dealership with the company name " Karl Malone Toyota " in Utah.

Malone is a board member of the National Rifle Association.

A trainer

In May 2013 Malone returned as a big man coach to jazz. In the jazz he should promote the development of young jazz players Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.