Karl Anthony Malone is a former professional basketball player who played for the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers during his career under the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a power forward and his jersey numbers were 32 and 11.
Malone is a Basketball Hall of Famer and a former two-time NBA Most Valuable Player. He also represented the United Sates in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as well as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and won gold medals for both events.
Karl studied in the Louisiana Tech University from where he was drafted to the Utah Jazz team in 1985. By the year 1987, he became a regular part of the team. In the 1990s, the Utah Jazz team had a shown a drastic improvement and was named amongst one of the highest ranked teams playing in the tournament. The 1997 and the 1998 Season saw the Jazz make it to the NBA finals. But twice they were defeated by the Chicago Bulls.
In 2003, Karl was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. At the age of 40, Malone was the oldest NBA player in the history of basketball to put up a triple-double. He was successful in scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a span of only 26 minutes versus the San Antonio Spurs.
He continued his form in the 2004 Season. In a game against the Houston Rockets, Karl became to oldest player to achieve more than 30 points in a single playoff game. After the 2004-05 Season ended Karl decided to retire as a player from the NBA. His career statistics are 36,928 points, 14,968 rebounds, and 5,238 assists.
Career Accomplishments:• 2-time NBA Most Valuable Player (1997, 1999)• 14-time NBA All-Star (1988–1998, 2000–2002)• 2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP (1989, 1993)• 11-time All-NBA First Team (1989–1999)• 2-time All-NBA Second Team (1988, 2000)• All-NBA Third Team (2001)• 3-time NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997–1999)• NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988)• NBA All-Rookie Team (1986)• NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team• Second-team All-American – NABC (1985)• Southland Player of the Year (1983)• Number 32 retired by Louisiana Tech• Number 32 retired by Utah Jazz