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Karl Malone: One of the greatest without a ring

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Karl Anthony Malone was a jackpot for the Utah Jazz because they were fortunate enough to draft him as 13th pick back in 1985. Players taken before him were the likes of Jon Koncak, Keith Lee, or Kenny Green. Even Detlef Schrempf was chosen by the Mavericks before him (in eighth place). Reason for passing through in the annual talent selection was certainly not his statistical values, which he had at college at Louisiana Tech. In his last three campus years, he put on average 18.7 points (at a rate of 56.6% FG) and 9.3 boards on the floor. In the first year at university, however, he could not play for the Bulldogs because of bad grades. In any case, the Malone began seriously with the basketball at the age of 20. After the draft, he initially refused to play in the Mormon state because he desperately wanted to go to Dallas to play closer to his homeland. Today he admits to being a fan of Jazz since his seventh year. This certainly has to do with the fact that Jazz was once based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Without a doubt, he was about to start one of the most impressive NBA careers ever.

In 1476 NBA games Malone had on average 25 points and ten rebounds per game. From his miserable free throw rate as a rookie (48.1%), he jumped to a career average of 74.2%. With 9787 free throws made, he is in the NBA leaderboard in the first place. In the overall scoring (36 928 points) only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is ahead of him and in the rebounds category, one finds Malone listed in sixth place with 14 968 caught rebounds. Because of his constant performances - like a postman, he quickly got the nickname "Mailman".

In addition, Malone's basketball record includes two MVP awards (1997 and 1999), eleven nominations for the All-NBA First Team (1989-99), two All-NBA Second Team rankings (1988 and 2000), and an appointment to the third All-NBA Team (2001). Three years in a row (1997-99) his name was also found in the team of the best defenders; in 1988 it was enough for the second team. The number 32 of the Jazz can look back on 14 nominations in the All-Star team, but he played only twelve times, since he could not play in 1990 due to an injury and in 2002 because of family problems. In 1989 and 1993, he was voted the best player in the All-Star Spectacle, and in 1993 he even teamed up with his teammate and friend John Stockton.

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In eleven seasons in a row (1988-98) he was able to collect at least 2000 points, so he shares the record with Michael Jordan. Against him and his Bulls, the Mailman lost twice in the NBA finals, in 1997 and 1998, the title was within his grasp, but His Airness objected on both occasions. Malone had one last chance for the title in his farewell season (2003-04) when he played for the Lakers, but against the Detroit Pistons it was not enough and so he is probably the best power forward in NBA history who ended his career without an NBA championship. He got two gold medals with the national team (1992 and 1996), but his greatest goal in basketball career was to become an NBA champion.

The player who made a name for himself with the "Hammer Dunk" at the highlights was not the standard basketball player with gold chains and Gucci shoes off the court. Karl is a proud owner of a ranch in Arkansas that he runs with his brother. Often he drove with a pick-up or a Harley to the home games of Jazz and entered press conferences with a cowboy hat. The nature lover also likes to go hunting and fishing - preferably in Alaska. Malone also had a passion for weapons. Despite much criticism, he joined the NRA (National Rifle Association). He was and is also a lover of trucks. His expensive vehicle was called "Power Forward" and thus he has fulfilled his childhood dream: "At home in Louisiana, I always dreamed of owning my own eighteen-wheeled truck as a young boy, and I remember being with my mother and saying: "I'll own one like that someday." Basketball is my job, but my true love is this - with everything that goes with it: friendship with other drivers, the machine, and the smell of the diesel." He put this love into a company quickly: The car dealership company "Karl Malone Toyota".

Today he is an owner of two car dealerships in Utah. Karl Malone Toyota is located in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, Utah, while Karl Malone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is located in Heber City, Utah. Malone had previously co-owned a Toyota dealership in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Larry H. Miller Dealerships, but sold his share in 2010. He also co-owned a Honda dealership in Sandy, Utah with John Stockton, but he sold his share, again to Larry H. Miller Dealerships, in 2010. Malone also owns three Jiffy Lube franchises in Utah and is a part-owner of Burger King franchises in Utah and Idaho.

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