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Karl Malone
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Karl Malone

Karl Malone (born July 24, 1963 in Summerfield, Louisiana) is a professional NBA basketball player now with the Los Angeles Lakers. Previously, he spent many years as a player for the Utah Jazz. He received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award twice while playing for Jazz in the 1996-1997 and 1998-1999 seasons. Despite being a double MVP, Malone has yet to win a championship ring.

For many years, he and John Stockton played together on the Jazz, and both were members of the Dream Team, the legendary 1992 US Olympic team that was the first to feature NBA players. Stockton holds the record for assists, most of which were passed to Malone in the duo's many pick and roll plays. In Salt Lake City this is commemorated by a car dealership with the name Stockton to Malone Honda. Since the owner of the Jazz, Larry Miller owns several car dealerships, one could assume the creation of this dealership was part of their package for playing for the Jazz.

Stockton's retirement put an end to the dynamic duo's long run and provided Malone with a final opportunity for a championship ring playing for the Lakers.

Malone played a minor acting role in the 1994 bomb Rockwell: A Legend of the Wild West about Orrin Porter Rockwell. He is also a staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association and has considered running for governor of Arkansas on the Republican Party ticket.

Malone's daughter, Cheryl Ford, plays for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA.

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1992 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball - "Dream Team"
Charles Barkley | Larry Bird | Clyde Drexler | Patrick Ewing | Magic Johnson | Michael Jordan | Christian Laettner | Karl Malone | Chris Mullin | Scottie Pippen | David Robinson | John Stockton
Coach Chuck Daly

1996 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball
Charles Barkley | Anfernee Hardaway | Grant Hill | Karl Malone | Reggie Miller | Hakeem Olajuwon | Shaquille O'Neal | Gary Payton | Scottie Pippen | Mitch Richmond | David Robinson | John Stockton
Coach Lenny Wilkens