This Mailman never deposited letters in a mailbox or drove a United States Postal Service truck. For Utah Jazz fans, however, his delivery was always guaranteed on both ends of the basketball court.
A 2010 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee, The NBA Mailman Karl Malone lived up to his nickname during his 18-year NBA career because of his performance dependability.
Like the picture of the United States Postal Service eagle, the Mailman soared during his playing days. Malone ranked second all-time in NBA history in points (36,928), field goals made (13,528) and minutes played (54,852) before retiring in 2004.
As the top pick of the Utah Jazz in 1985, Malone played 18 seasons with the club. He teamed with fellow NBA Hall of Famer, guard John Stockton, to run the best pick and roll plays in the history of the sport.
The powerfully built 6’9” and 265 lbs. Malone was the complete basketball package. He delivered defensively and ended his career as the NBA’s greatest defensive rebounder. The Mailman also proved his reliability from the free throw line. He still holds the league record for attempts (13,188) and makes (9,787).
This two-time (1997 and 1999) NBA Most Valuable Player also won two Olympic gold medals. The first was awarded in Barcelona as part of the original 1992 Dream Team. He received a second in 1996 in Atlanta. Malone was voted as one of the NBA’s 50 all-time greatest players.
The Mailman Karl Malone Never Won an NBA Title
Although this 14-time All-Star never won an NBA Championship, Malone participated in the NBA Playoffs every season he played in the league.
Mailmen deliver in all kinds of weather. In Karl Malone’s case, rain, wind, ice, snow and even talented NBA players could never keep this power forward from succeeding on both ends of the basketball court.
By reading today’s #TBT sports blog, here’s hoping NBA fans will never forget the stamp of basketball excellence The NBA Mailman Karl Malone left behind upon his retirement.
When it comes to NBA basketball, fans should quickly remember that this Mailman always delivered.
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