Nine years after they last played together, Karl Malone and John Stockton appeared Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena in game shape. That's no exaggeration.
Malone's biceps were threatening to split his suit sleeves, yet his stomach was as flat as his game-day glare. Stockton arrived looking cool and lean in a dark suit, the same size he wore when he retired.
"Same weight," Stockton said. "My goal is not to change that."
Both appeared fit enough, if not quick enough, to again play for the Jazz. Talk about a plan: Retire rich, keep your health and skip the game day shoot-arounds.
"If my life depended on it — which it don't — but if it did, I could play a little bit," Malone said. "But there'd be a lot of fouls. And I'm gonna foul you hard, by the way."...
..Stockton's rejoinder: "I (still) think about him when I'm in the weight room."...
..Malone works out several times a week, two hours at a time.
"I train because I get edgy if I go a couple of days and don't work out," he said.
"Mostly I go in the weight room and visit," Stockton said.