December 10, 2009 |
Kobe Bryant seems to be following in the footsteps of former teammate Karl Malone , who was the NBA's most valuable player in his 12th and 14th seasons with the Utah Jazz. . . . Bryant, 20 games into his 14th season with the Lakers, won the award for the first time two seasons ago. . . . The only other player to capture the honor so late in his career was Michael Jordan , who hauled off the last of his five MVP awards in his 13th season with the Chicago Bulls. . . . The Clippers have stayed close enough to give fans hope that a playoff run with Blake Griffin is still a possibility.
January 13, 2008 |
QUOTAGE -- GOOD ADVICE Kobe Bryant, above, to the Philadelphia Daily News on advising his friend Andre Iguodala, who turned down the 76ers' $11.4 million-a-year extension offer: "It's a business and like any other business, you can believe that your value can be greater. . . . But you can't take it as something personal or let it distract you from working hard every single day. You have to come out and perform." GOOD ADVICE II Milwaukee assistant coach Brian James, on Bryant's impact on Michael Redd on the U.S. team: "He came back working harder, more aggressive and confident.
March 25, 2005
Source: NBA.com *--* Rk. Player G FG FT PPG PTS 1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1,560 15,837 6,712 24.6 38,387 2. Karl Malone 1,476 13,528 9,787 25.0 36,928 3. Michael Jordan 1,072 12,192 7,327 30.1 32,292 4. Wilt Chamberlain 1,045 12,681 6,057 30.1 31,419 5. Moses Malone 1,329 9,435 8,531 20.6 27,409 6. Elvin Hayes 1,303 10,976 5,356 21.0 27,313 7. Hakeem Olajuwon 1,238 10,749 5,423 21.8 26,946 8. Oscar Robertson 1,040 9,508 7,694 25.7 26,710 9. Dominique Wilkins 1,074 9,963 6,031 24.8 26,668 10.
February 24, 2005 |
Karl Malone is suing Dada Footwear, charging the Los Angeles shoe company has failed to pay him $65,000 owed under an endorsement contract. The suit claims that Dada agreed to make three payments of $25,000 to Malone during the 2003-04 regular season and an additional $40,000 for playing in the NBA Finals, a figure derived from a scale of postseason bonuses that increased as the Lakers advanced in the playoffs. The Lakers lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.
February 12, 2005 |
Karl Malone, who spent 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz before joining the Lakers for an eventful yet unfulfilled final season, will announce his retirement Sunday in Salt Lake City. Malone, 41, scored 36,928 points, second to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA history, and carried a reputation of being unafraid to throw an elbow if it helped get a rebound or clear space on the way to the basket. And that, he said Friday, was how he wanted to be remembered.
February 8, 2005 |
Following a visit with the Spurs on Saturday, Karl Malone's agent said Monday that if Malone decides to play again, it probably will be for San Antonio. Malone, 41, is expected to make an announcement about his future before the Feb. 18-20 All-Star break, perhaps even this week. "If he would choose to play, the likeliest candidate would be the Spurs, which is a team he almost played for a year and a half ago," Dwight Manley said.
January 25, 2005 |
Karl Malone will decide on his future in the next week or two and is moving closer to retirement, his agent, Dwight Manley, said Monday. Malone, the second-leading scorer in NBA history, might come back to play for the San Antonio Spurs, although he doesn't appear to be leaning that way. "Probably toward retirement, just because that's what he is right now, theoretically," Manley said. "Things usually go the direction of where you're at."