44 Facts About Karl Malone

1. Karl Malone said he's proud of Jason Collins for coming out as the first openly gay player in one of the four major US pro sports leagues.

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2. Karl Malone shares some of his fondest memories with Kobe Bryant, saying he wishes he could've played more than just one year with him.

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3. Karl Malone goes undercover as a janitor and pranks an unsuspecting Anthony Davis.

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4. Karl Malone had a professional wrestling match at World Championship Wrestling's Bash at the Beach in 1998, where he teamed with Diamond Dallas Page to face Hollywood Hogan and Dennis Rodman.

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5. Karl Malone settled the suits out of court rather than declare his assets and earnings.

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6. Karl Malone competed in the Olympics both in 1992 and 1996, the US basketball team winning gold both times.

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7. Karl Malone studied at Summerfield High School, and for three years between 1979 and 1981, he led the basketball team to three titles.

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8. Karl Malone was born 24th July 1963, to Shedrick Hay and his mother, Shirley.

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9. Karl Malone had eight brothers and sisters, and he was the youngest.

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10. Karl Malone had the LA Gear Catapult, which were released in 1991, but he hasn't had any discussions to bring back any retro models.

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11. Karl Malone made a cameo appearance as himself in the 2004 comedy film Soul Plane.

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12. Karl Malone starred in the 1994 film Rockwell as a member of Porter Rockwell's team.

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13. Karl Malone owns three Jiffy Lube franchises in Utah, and is a part owner of Burger King franchises in Utah and Idaho.

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14. Karl Malone co-owned a Honda dealership in Sandy, Utah, with John Stockton, but sold his share, again to Larry H Miller Dealerships, in 2010.

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15. In July 1998, Karl Malone joined his Jazz teammates Chris Morris and Bryon Russell, some family members, corporate leadership of Q-Lube, and winners of a Q-Lube contest for a four-day fishing trip to Alaska.

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16. Karl Malone owns a summer home near the Kenai River in Alaska.

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17. Karl Malone has served on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association, a national gun advocacy organization in the USA.

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18. Karl Malone advocated support for farmers in Louisiana who were about to lose their jobs due to the closing of Pilgrim's Pride plants.

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19. Karl Malone appeared on the "Great American Panel" segment of the Fox News talk show Hannity in March 2009.

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20. In 2002, Karl Malone donated $1,000 to the campaign of incumbent US Representative Jim Matheson, a Democrat representing Utah's 2nd congressional district.

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21. Karl Malone wore number 11 for the Los Angeles Lakers and for the Dream Team (the players wore 4 to 15 to adhere to FIBA rules).

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22. Karl Malone 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.

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23. Karl Malone was a physical defender and rebounder, and one of the most durable players ever in the NBA.

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24. Karl Malone led the NBA in free throws made a league-record seven times.

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25. On May 31, 2007, Karl Malone became director of basketball promotion and assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater Louisiana Tech University and donated $350,000 to the university athletic department.

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26. Karl Malone was honored with the unveiling of a bronze statue outside the EnergySolutions Arena next to teammate John Stockton, and the renaming of a portion of 100 South in Salt Lake City in his honor.

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27. Karl Malone played in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics and won gold medals with the US team both years.

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28. Karl Malone had knee surgery during the summer of 2004, and personal problems with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant prompted Malone not to return for another season with the team.

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29. Karl Malone became a free agent in 2003, the year Stockton had retired.

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30. Karl Malone found himself unable to put up consistently high numbers, due in large part to the swarming defense of defenders Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen.

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31. Karl Malone put up 27 points per game and just missed out on his second MVP award, losing to Jordan.

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32. Karl Malone struggled from the field, going 6 of 20 for 20 points in Game 2.

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33. Karl Malone won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award, and the Jazz were the top team in the Western Conference and the playoff champions in that conference.

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34. Karl Malone returned from a gold medal winning-effort at the 1996 Summer Olympics leading the Jazz to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

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35. On January 13, 1996, Karl Malone renewed his contract with the Jazz.

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36. Karl Malone scored 40 or more points in five games this season.

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37. Karl Malone signed a 10-year contract during the 1988 offseason worth $18 million.

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38. Karl 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.

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39. Karl Malone joined the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball team in his second year because his grades were too low for freshman eligibility; Malone played under coach Andy Russo.

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40. Karl Malone attended Summerfield High School and led his basketball team to three consecutive Louisiana Class C titles from 1979 to his senior season in 1981.

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41. Karl Malone competed with the United States national team in the Summer Olympic Games of 1992 and 1996; in both years he won gold medals.

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42. Karl Malone has the most career postseason losses of any NBA player ever, with 95.

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43. Karl Malone played his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he played his third Finals in 2004.

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44. Karl Malone appeared in the playoffs every season in his career, including the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 with the Jazz.

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