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I don’t know. But what I do know is that Malone would light a fire under a bunch of young Jazz players, including two big men who have bright futures in the NBA — if, that is, they are brought along properly, if they are taught to post up down low, to battle for position and inflict their damage on opponents, if they recognize the need to develop midrange jumpers at the offensive end and to play tough, uncompromising defense at the other. Three more things the coach would teach them, lessons he learned and that eventually put him in the Hall of Fame: to work hard, rebound and run the floor.
If Karl Malone could accomplish those things for the Utah Jazz, even if he skipped some games or didn’t follow the traditional pay-your-dues-and-earn-your-way-up path of Jazz assistants, he would be worth all his idiosyncrasies, all his unorthodoxies, all his verbal bombs, all his presumption, in addition to that big bowl of seasonal fruit.
One other thing he would give the Jazz: a connection to their past. Embracing a great ghost is better than running from it, even if the thought of having that ghost around kind of scares the bejeebers out of everybody.
Hire the man, Ty. It’s the right move at the right time.
Gordon Monson hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM, 1280 AM and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.
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