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Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  13 responses

Karl Malone to Coach Utah Jazz Big Men


Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are getting a new, formidable instructor. Karl Malone has signed up for a part-time gig to coach the Utah Jazz’s big fellas. Per the Salt Lake Tribune: “Malone was approached by head coach Tyrone Corbin about the possibility of him working with Favors and Kanter after the season. The franchise’s chain of command recently signed off on the idea and CEO Greg Miller spoke of the team’s new relationship during a Wednesday afternoon radio interview. ‘Everything is about timing,’ Malone said, ‘and the timing is right. The fact they think I might be able to help is pretty neat. … I’m not getting bored or anything. I’ve got plenty to do. But I also grew up playing basketball my whole life, so this is exciting for me.’ At the same time, Malone didn’t make any promises. He called Favors and Kanter ‘two of the most talented bigs in the NBA right now’ but added, “If someone is looking for Karl Malone to come in and wave a magic wand, that ain’t happening. These kids will be as good as they want to be. It’s up to them.’ Malone has already started working with Favors. Kanter will join the sessions ‘probably in about a month,’ after he fully recovers from shoulder surgery. According to Malone, he will approach his new role as mentor ‘the same way I played — with everything I’ve got.’ Malone is concerned that his part-time return to the Jazz might be misconstrued as something more. ‘I’m not going to be sitting on the bench,’ he said, ‘and I’m not going to be taking over any meetings. We’ll take some small baby steps and go from there. … I don’t want to be a distraction.’”

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  • Da Real

    Bout time

  • spit hot fiyah

    favours and kanter were so much fun to watch this year. interesting to see what happens with millsap and jefferson, they need to free up time for their young bigs

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    one of em taking off

  • Max

    They could one day become quite a dominant pf-center combo I think.
    There was this article on nba.com about the all-nba teams in 2015-2016 and they had Favors making the Third team.

  • Ugh

    And suddenly the Jazz lead the NBA in concussions caused.

  • LakeShow

    Kanter is a beast.
    15-10 waiting to happen IMO.
    Favors is so inconsistent… I think(he use to be). I didn’t consistently watch the Jazz this season though.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Favors is a decent bigman off the bench and that’s all IMO.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I read that one it was pretty entertaining.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah… :/

    Kinda what I see too.

    He gets 7 boards and nearly 2 blocks in 23 minutes, so it’s not that he isn’t productive, it’s just that he probably can’t sustain big minutes and put up big numbers consistently(right now).

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    My thoughts exactly. That’s fine if he’s giving you those numbers off the bench but I just don’t see him translating well as a starter.

  • Max

    Yeah, but there was also alot of BS in there imo.
    Paul George averaging a triple double?
    Lebron 12.7 assists?
    And it favored alot of players who were doing good in the playoffs at the moment.
    Oh, and where the F was DRose and Westbrook lol

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Those were entertaining to see delusional predictions lol like Miami losing the finals again Memphis this year and the winning 2 in a row after that lol and Durant I think was on All NBA 2nd Team lol

  • Dacre

    Favors WILL learn how to rebound and run the floor_____at the same time.
    (to mimic one exchange…)

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