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Stockton-to-Malone Week: A Few Quotes

August 8, 2010
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Days from now, Karl Malone will join John Stockton and Jerry Sloan in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Let’s fete and honor the greatest duo in NBA history with Stockton-to-Malone Week. S2M Week is brought to you by my digital pack ratting, est. circa 1995.

1. Nick Van Exel, on defending the Stockton-Malone pick-and-roll:
“Yeah, I got a way to defend it. Bring a bat to the game and kill one of them.”

2. Dikembe Mutombo:
“Even though they have Deron Williams now, you can’t compare John Stockton to anybody in the league today…People compare [Carlos] Boozer to Karl Malone and I don’t think so. If you would have played against Karl Malone, you would know [Boozer] is not Karl Malone…I don’t know so many people to play on the same level–with the same intensity and as physical–as Karl Malone did…He is the only guy who goes to the free-throw [line] 20 times every game. Nobody ever does it in this league. So I would never compare [Stockton and Malone] to any guys playing today.” (desnews)

3. Shaquille O’Neal:
“[John] was the last of the old-school great guards. No flashiness. No crossover. No acting crazy. He was one of the last ones to come down–bounce pass, chest pass. There [are] no more point guards like him in the league. All we got now is 1-on-1 bull–.” (“No Ordinary Star,” Salt Lake Tribune 2004)

4. Kevin Garnett, after he was voted All-Star starter and Karl came in fifth among forwards in 2000 (and before he got bitten by a rabid dog):
“The media was looking at me to really agree that there were better players other than Karl–better forwards in the game. I felt like that’s a guy that deserves respect. That’s a guy that demands respect. And it wouldn’t be right if I left the floor without [telling him so after a Jazz-Wolves game]…That’s the thing: I’ve got more respect for Karl Malone than anything, and I wanted him to know that.” (desnews)

5. Olden Polynice:
“On this team, you don’t even think about sitting out [because of Stockton and Malone]. Short of breaking a leg or having surgery, you keep playing.” (“Playing Through,” Sporting News 2000)



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