“The Mailman” Karl Malone: “Absolutely, Yes. Lebron Would Be As Good Back Then As He Is Playing Right Now”
The Drive Thursday 6-6-13 -Karl Malone joins The Drive to talk his comments about not having Michael Jordan on his top 5 NBA players of All-Time, how good Lebron James would have been if he played in the era of Malone, Jordan, and Barkley and we ask him who the greatest power forward that has played the game.
Karl Malone made headlines this week when he was asked to create his all-time starting 5 and decided to leave Michael Jordan off of it. He was asked if he would like to retract his original answer.
“How bout this, no I don’t want to retract it. How bout this guys, do I need to even put Michael on there? Michael’s on everybody’s(list). So everybody’s gotta settle down, everyone’s gotta go hear the interview I did with Dan Patrick cause he had this big man crush on Michael Jordan so it got a big rise out of him and everybody else.”
The 14-time NBA All-Star talked about all the media attention his comments have received the past few days.
“Have fun. Who cares if he wasn’t on my Top 5 list. Just have fun. Is it that important in this world that Michael Jordan wasn’t in Karl Malone’s Top-5? I dare say that he(MJ) doesn’t give a rat’s a**.”
“The Mailman” battled Bobcats owner Michael Jordan in the Finals a couple times and saw how hard he worked during his playing days. Malone shared some of his thoughts on Michael Jordan, the owner today.
“Well let me just tell you this, I don’t recall Michael Jordan ever quitting on anything so Michael Jordan is going to keep working his butt off. I feel that he’s going to continue to work hard and I DO believe he is going to have a winning franchise down here.”
Malone, a member of the 1992 Dream Team, appeared on our show last year during the 2012 Olympics and was asked if the 2012 Olympic team could beat the Dream Team. His answer was a strong conviction that the 2012 team didn’t stand a chance. That moment was brought up again today and he was asked if he still felt the same way.
“Hahaha, really? Do we even have to discuss that conversation? Guys please. Hey, you know what, look, my convictions are even stronger now, really. We don’t even have to discuss that.”