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Karl Malone turns 50 today, remember how great he was (VIDEO)

Jul 24, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

If you are looking for the most powerful power forward of all time, Karl Malone is your guy.

These highlights have plenty of that power, but Malone was more than that. Check out the fade-away jumpers, the running hooks, the touch around the rim — what made Malone hard to stop was you had to respect the power moves and when he did he beat you with his soft touch and quality jumper. Also, he had a fantastic understanding of spacing and how to find space on the pick-and-roll to get the ball back from John Stockton.

You don’t score 36,928 points in the NBA (second most all time) on accident.

Happy birthday to the mailman, who turns 50 on Wednesday.

  1. mp4philly - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Great guy.. Don’t believe me? Ask one of his illegitimate children.

    • rawbbqsauce - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Come on man. Low blow. Malone rules.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Great player no doubt but he fathered three children (that we know of) out of wedlock and refused to acknowledge and/or support them until he was successfully sued and proven to be the father by a DNA test. Even still, he refuses to acknowledge one of them (NFL player Demetress Bell- whose mother was 13 when Malone impregnated her). Not a low blow.

      • davidly - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        Nah, I’m pretty sure his elbows were always to his opponent’s ribs or head.

    • michflaguy - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Look…he couldn’t play defense and did not have a 5th gear for the playoffs.
      If he could have done EITHER of those, maybe he would have a ring.
      But…he couldn’t, so he doesn’t.

      • rgarritt - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        He wasn’t terrific in the playoffs but not play defense? You must be referring to his play after his twelfth season. Best hands in the game and if you brought the ball down while making your move he’d just snatch it from you.

    • azarkhan - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Are you one of them?

  2. bucrightoff - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    As great a player as he was, the first thing I think of when I hear Karl Malone is Jimmy Kimmel on the Man Show as Karl Malone.

  3. loungefly74 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    http://deadspin.com/a-young-karl-malone-once-fell-for-a-great-frank-layden-887612800

    great quick article. basically, Malone fell for a prank…a Mormon parade was being held and the mailman thought it was for his B-day….

  4. miamatt - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I liked how the particularly ferocious dunks all seemed to be synced with drum hits from Pantera’s “Cowboys from Hell”. LOL, well done!

  5. packhawk04 - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Id take sir charles… sorry.

    • money2long - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      if it wasn’t for tim duncan, malone would be the greatest power forward !

  6. losangelesbillsofbuffalo - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Demettress Bell saw this video and disagreed.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Not that I’m complaining, ’cause that was an awesome highlights clip, but surely there could have been more then just a dunkfest. It doesn’t fully illustrate the greatness that was the Mailman. He was much, much more then that.

    To a younger reader that might have never gotten the chance to see Karl play, they may be saying to themselves, “Naw, Blake Griffin is better.”

    • michflaguy - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      No…dunks are just about it.
      He couldn’t play defense.
      His shots were likited to 5 feet from the basket.
      He had an avaergae pivot move.
      Basically, he’s the most overrated “great” player in NBA history.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        what?

      • stinkfingers - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        You’re an idiot…. Malone developed a pretty reliable jumpshot, especially later in his career. He had some pretty damn good post moves too.

        I’ve never been a huge Malone fan, but that guy was GREAT.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        HAAAhahahaha. OOOOhh, whew.

        Clearly you are a teenager or you are cleverly trolling your lil’ heart out. That was a good one. Almost made me go on an unnecessary tangent.

  8. mrwhiteshadez - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    THE MAILMAN!

  9. dadawg77 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    He was good but to be great you need to deliver on Sundays and just ask Scottie if he does. The second best thing about watching the Bulls win was him not winning the ring.

  10. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I knew when a mailman article came up someone would mention his illegitimate kids. Get over it people. Is he your dad? If not then stfu and mind your business

  11. jcrileyesq - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I remember how great he was when Zeke took Stockton to school after the dream team snub, and he elbow Isiah to the tune of 30 plus stitches

    • michflaguy - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Zeke absolutely *owned* Stockton every time they played.
      That Dream Team snub was all Jordan and shows his true classless self.

  12. michflaguy - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Malone was what is referred to as a “great practice player”.
    Meaning…every time he went head-to-head with a great defender, he got shut down.
    Ever wonder why he & Stockton never won any championships?
    Because in playoff-level ball, they simply were not that good.

    • stinkfingers - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      That….. Or because of Michael Jordan..

    • bougin89 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      He averaged 24.7 ppg and 10.7 rpg for his career in the playoffs. I know you’re just trolling but geesh.

  13. cmrose12 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    michflaguy, you are an idiot. Malone made the First Team All Defense 3 times. He had power moves to the basket and could shoot lights out from mid range. He is the best scoring PF in the history of the game and was a complete player.

  14. antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    When I think of Karl Malone I think of steroids.

  15. antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Here was the problem with Karl Malone…

    “Former Jazz guard Blue Edwards, who has played the last two seasons with the Vancouver Grizzlies, gave Vancouver reporters October an interesting perspective on why the Jazz never won a title. He recalled the 1992 conference finals against Portland:

    ‘The thing that really bothered me was that even before the series was over, there were a couple of guys who were talking about “There’s no way we’re going to beat Chicago. We may as well go and lay down now.”‘

    ‘These guys were All-Stars [Stockton and Malone are the only All-Stars], they were our best players and the next couple of games, we basically quit. That was the reason. If you have your best players quitting, your support people aren’t going to be there.'”

  16. nandaramesh - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Nice video but I thought too many dunks. As folks said above, the shot that made Malone so potent was his 16-20 ft jumper. In the latter half of his career I remember this to be the shot he usually took from the pick&roll set. But he fell too much in love with it, adding a fade-away action for spacing thereby reducing the %, to his own detriment. The main aspect which made Malone special were his soft hands when catching those passes from Stockton. They were just made for each other on the court. Finally, I think the reason he did not win a ring is that he just fell just a tad bit short on the mental toughness in the final mins of the key games. Missing the FTs, giving up the steal, not being aggressive going to the hole against Rodman to draw a foul,… Oh well, it was still a great ride for any Jazz fan, thanks to those 2 Jazz teams!

  17. eagles92 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Honestly anyone who roots for this guy is a complete POS. Guy knocked up a 13 y/o girl and refused to take care of the kid and also two other known kids of his. So if you think this guy is “the man” you are a low life plain n simple.

  18. louhudson23 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Malone had a lot more skills than this video shoes….unfortunately,the video was more of a primer on (far too many ) of today’s limited skill big men..

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