May 5, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; A general view of EnergySolutions Arena with statues of John Stockton (right) and Karl Malone prior to game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Thoughts On Karl Malone Hire

  • Nobody will be better for Favors than Karl Malone
  • If Favors does what Malone says and conditions like Malone did then the Jazz will be in a great position with Derrick in the future.
  • Karl didn’t know how to shoot the jumper at the first of his career but he worked at it and it became almost automatic.  This gives Favors an example of what he can look forward to if he continues to work hard.
  • Kanter and Favors will be really tough to move out of the post on defense by the opposition with the conditioning that they will go through.  Add in their dominance that will come from being able to get space and finish and the Jazz might be looking at two future potential all-stars and even all NBA teams.  
  • The only fear of hiring Malone is that he might cause problems with the way he is.  He forgets that his opinion isn’t the only one that matters and if he coaches like he was a player then problems are sure to arise.  Let’s hope that he remembers that he isn’t the team and that he should only focus on Favors and Kanter and let the rest of the team be coached by the other coaches.
  • I like that Karl is teaching them the game and that he said that his goal every play was to rebound the ball, pass the ball to Stockton and beat Stockton up the court.  Many good things can happen if Kanter and Favors have that mindset as well.
  • I like the hire overall and think it’s just what the Jazz needed after losing Hornacek.

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