The Mailman defends Sloan

Do you really wanna piss off Karl Malone?


Coming from the heels of Jerry Sloan’s resignation, Karl Malone comes to his former coach’s aid. Arguably one of the best power forwards to play the game, The Mailman is furious over the events that transpired.

In an interview made by the NBA, the obviously-agitated Malone stated that Sloan was not a quitter. He thinks to a certain degree that Sloan could have grown tired from all the “garbage” the players hurled at him.

"They changed the floor back to old school. They changed the uniform back to old school. Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school." 

This was what Malone said in reference to the new uniforms the Jazz had this season which resembles to that worn by Pistol Pete Maravich during their New Orleans Days.

Karl Malone and John Stockton’s partnership would have been repeated by the tandem of Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer. While Boozer had every intention to leave the Jazz during the preseason, Deron was pissed because the Jazz traded his version of Byron RussellRonnie Brewer – to the Memphis Grizzlies (ultimately he ended up playing for the Chicago Bulls alongside Boozer). David Aldridge has said in his article that Sloan has always demanded the best from his pointguards which would have been the root of his problems with Deron.

"You're a professional," said Malone. "You don't need for me to break a film down for you. If you want to stop the guy you're playing, they pay you millions of dollars. You get you a TV and break the player down yourself."

If Deron and company respected Jerry Sloan, they would have come to his resignation. Seriously, letting him retire inside a crappy room is overkill. I don’t care how angry you are – the guy was basically the face of the organization before most of them could ever turn ten! As Malone said, he is an ambassador of the sport and honestly, Sloan deserves a ceremony and not that ugly “show” they gave him.

In order to defend himself from the accusations Deron Williams stated that he shouldn’t be blamed for what happened to Sloan.

"Maybe arguing was the last straw, so there I am, guilty of that but I think anybody who believes I could force Coach Sloan to resign is crazy. He's stronger than that and personally if I said that to him, he'd probably go tell me to go do something."

Williams received a loud round of applause but there also was a smattering of boos.

The visiting Phoenix Suns spoiled Tyrone Corbin’s debut as the new Utah Jazz coach.  

Hopefully Deron Williams wouldn’t speak his mind in front of The Mailman. Forget his awesome physique – have you seen his WCW tag team match where he joined forces with Diamond Dallas Page to face the New World Order’s Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman?


Postscript: I really like Malone as a talker. He was really funny when he was dissing Mike Fratello that he should have said his name instead Jon Koncak. The Atlanta Hawks drafted Koncak fifth while Malone was drafted by Utah at the thirteeth spot in the 1985 Draft



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