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Stern, Stockton ask Karl Malone, Jazz owner to end feud

Feb 6, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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Karl Malone and Jazz owner Greg Miller have been going at it. Malone said in an interview that Deron Williams got Jerry Sloan fired and management didn’t back their long-time bench leader. Malone also said had to buy a ticket to get into a Jazz game after Jerry Sloan’s retirement. Miller was on twitter saying Malone was lying and in a blog post said Malone was “high-maintenance,” “unreliable” and “unstable.”

Stay classy, Salt Lake City.

Now both John Stockton and David Stern have stepped forward calling for an end to the feud.

Stockton suggested to the Salt Lake Tribune the crazy step of the two sitting down and talking face-to-face like adults.

“I’ve certainly been in disputes with people as close to me as my brother,” Stockton said from his home in Spokane, Wash. “You get after it and say a lot of things. But I have never seen one [disagreement] that couldn’t be resolved by sitting down and talking to a person face to face. It has always worked for me.”

Stern told the Tribune he also thinks a face-to-face meeting is a good idea.

“I’m looking forward to the next meeting between Greg and Karl,” said Stern, during an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with The Salt Lake Tribune at the league office. “Not for the sparks that I expect will fly, but for the calming that I think will and should occur. Because [Malone’s] meant so much to the franchise and the city over the years and to the Miller family, and the Miller family has meant so much to the franchise and the city for so many years.”

Sometimes David Stern is right. This is one of them. Time for everyone to grow up and act like mature adults. And move on.

  1. goforthanddie - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Stern needs to quit throwing his name into every NBA-related story, and focus on either selling NO or continuing its destruction. Utah has an owner, same family for ages, they don’t need his interference.

    • slopmcflop - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      David Stern, aka the NBA commissioner? So the first part of your sentence would read something like

      “[The NBA commissioner] needs to quit throwing his name into every NBA-related story…”


  2. Bryce - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    To the author of the article: Greg Miller used those words, not Salt Lake City. Stay Classy my friends.

  3. granadafan - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Yeah, speaking to someone else through the media is a greaaaaaat idea and neeeeever causes problems or miscommunication. Malone better be careful he doesn’t turn into a pariah like Tiki Barber.

  4. glink123 - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    “Karl Malone thinks that Karl Malone don’t like Greg Miller” — Karl Malone

  5. stayhigh_247 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Karl shouldn’t have to pay for a ticket in Utah or anywhere else in the league. Guys like Jordan Bird, Dr.J etc should be able to walk into any arena in the NBA for free, when u think of all the tickets they sold, and all the excitement they gave the game. If thats true Miller should be ashamed!

  6. Long Ball Larry - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Karl Malone may be wrong, but the way Greg Miller is treating the man who built the Utah Jazz is insane. I’m taking Karl Malone’s side here. I liked this article about the situation:

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