Karl Malone ESPN Interview Recap

Karl Malone ESPN Interview Recap

Postby LAKERS4LIFE on Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:18 pm

Jeremy Schaap: What are your thoughts about leaving the Jazz for Los Angeles?

Karl Malone:: It was a very tough decision. It was a very emotional decision for, you know, me personally. I've always been a person that once you kind of get settled into a position or a comfort zone, you know that unknown is unbelievable.

After talking it over with my family and (in explaining) it to my kids and they said, "Dad, we want you to do what makes you happy because 10 years from now, we don't want you to look back and say we should of and we don't mind making the sacrifice for you for as long as you want to pursue what you want to do and we understand it." So that made it a little easier.

The tough part about it is leaving a lot of friends, leaving a lot of great fans and also leaving a damn good owner. It's like in any relationship -- if you've been around somebody long enough, you're going to have your disagreements at times but it still (doesn't) change ... what I think about him.

It was a tough decision, Jeremy, but in life you come to crossroads. What are you going to do about it?

Schaap: By making this decision, Karl, are you in fact saying it's more important to you to win a championship than to pass Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) for the all-time scoring record?

Malone: I don't get caught up in a lot of the personal records. If you hear what a lot of people say, of course that would be an unbelievable feat -- don't get me wrong. But sometimes we get so caught up, Jeremy, in personal goals.

Of course if I could have stayed in Utah, made more money, not get injured, hopefully breaking the scoring record -- oh yeah, that was great. But some things still burn and I've always said, you make decisions in life and sometimes they don't go as planned.

It (doesn't) say we're going to win a championship but I can look back and I'm a big boy and can say if it didn't work, it didn't work. But at least have an opportunity to do it, having an owner that understands, not only that thought -- (and) having someone who still wants me at age 40 years old.

Schaap: How good can this Lakers team be with you and Gary Payton?

Malone: I think first and foremost I'm coming into this situation as well as Gary realizing ... this is Kobe and Shaq's team. But if we can get on the same page -- which I don't see any problem -- it (doesn't) matte
Schaap: By making this decision, Karl, are you in fact saying it's more important to you to win a championship than to pass Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) for the all-time scoring record?

Malone: I don't get caught up in a lot of the personal records. If you hear what a lot of people say, of course that would be an unbelievable feat -- don't get me wrong. But sometimes we get so caught up, Jeremy, in personal goals.

Of course if I could have stayed in Utah, made more money, not get injured, hopefully breaking the scoring record -- oh yeah, that was great. But some things still burn and I've always said, you make decisions in life and sometimes they don't go as planned.

It (doesn't) say we're going to win a championship but I can look back and I'm a big boy and can say if it didn't work, it didn't work. But at least have an opportunity to do it, having an owner that understands, not only that thought -- (and) having someone who still wants me at age 40 years old.

Schaap: How good can this Lakers team be with you and Gary Payton?

Malone: I think first and foremost I'm coming into this situation as well as Gary realizing ... this is Kobe and Shaq's team. But if we can get on the same page -- which I don't see any problem -- it (doesn't) matter how many shots I get as long as we're winning.

I think if we can come together fairly quickly, I think it will be a fun team to watch, I think it's going to be an exciting team, and who knows ... like I said I've never been a part of something like this, the potential, so I can't tell you how good they -- we -- can be because we gotta go play. Every team now probably has marked us on their calendar.


http://msn.espn.go.com/nba/s/2003/0711/1579723.html
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Postby BDG on Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:21 pm

welcome to the site! thanks, I'm watchin rite now.
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Postby BDG on Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:23 pm

whoa I never knew about the distance he once had between he and his family. I'm glad he reconciled with them though...
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Postby BDG on Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:29 pm

Malone said he and Gary BOTH know it's Kobe's and Shaq's team.
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Postby LAKERS4LIFE on Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:34 pm

Karl said:
-It was hard for him to leave his comfort zone, but he talked about it with his family and they didn't want him to have regrets.
-Was asked if this means he wants a championship over 'the record', he said he doesn't get caught up in that stuff and while it woudl be nice the chance of winning is more important.
-Also said that shots don't matter as long as we win.
-When asked how good the Lakers can be with Payton and him, he said that this season should be very exciting.
-Bascially he was saying that he didn't want to look back on his career and not have a ring.
I say that went pretty well. Malone sounds dedicated to me. I am excited.
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Postby LAKERS4LIFE on Fri Jul 11, 2003 10:10 pm

Haha. ESPN posted the interview. Here you go:

http://msn.espn.go.com/nba/s/2003/0711/1579723.html
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Postby BDG on Fri Jul 11, 2003 10:15 pm

Nice! Thanks LAKERS4LIFE! I liked the interview. Malone seemed pretty honest in his responses.
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Postby MIKEDOG on Fri Jul 11, 2003 10:34 pm

He seems to have the right mindset coming to make this work...I hope it does!!
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Postby Lakers Dynasty 2000 on Fri Jul 11, 2003 10:56 pm

Oh it'll work baby. They came to get their ring... and they'll get it too.

They both have the right attitude.
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Postby BDG on Fri Jul 11, 2003 11:48 pm

The Mailman WILL deliver! GET THA RING! WOOOOOOOOOO!
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Postby Lakers Dynasty 2000 on Sat Jul 12, 2003 12:01 am

You've got Kobe who's telling the mailman to use the glove to pass down mail to the doghouse...

hehe... In other words...

Kobe to Malone to Payton to Shaq... :man12:
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Postby BDG on Sat Jul 12, 2003 12:03 am

haha nice one! why is shaq the doghouse though?
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Postby Laker brain on Sat Jul 12, 2003 12:43 am

Karl will have the same role horace had in the tri.
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Postby Lakers Dynasty 2000 on Sat Jul 12, 2003 8:45 am

Karl will have the same role horace had in the tri.

Possibly, but I think we'll see more pick and rolls between Malone and Payton and if they are on the court at the same time with Shaq and Kobe, look for a improved/modified triangle...

I also feel that if the Lakers don't put Kobe/Shaq and Malone/Payton, then there will be modified triangles ran between the rotations... Just my take... At least from their positions that is.
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