Malone is the greatest power forward in NBA history. No further introduction
Malone on how easy winning can be: When we play the game like
we're suppossed to play it, it is pretty easy. Making the extra pass, making
the simple play, it's not about between your legs, behind your back, and
all of that, it's just about scoring the bucket.
Malone on the team: I
think we're a deeper team, a better team, we still have work to do... nothing
is guaranteed but hopefully we got the mentality to play on the road, and
we're starting to get our home thing back in order now, if we can do that
we'll be just fine...
Malone on shooting well: ...If you get into a nice flow, you
feel like no matter where [you shoot it] you're gonna make it. You
get in a flow like that early, it's a good feeling to be in. You've also
been on the flip side of that where you can't make a layup...
Malone on becoming the NBA's all time free throw leader, not imagining
it would happen: no, I couldn't... when you get close to different
milestones, your teammates and people start to talk about it. Starting
off my career, I wasn't a good free throw shooter, and I worked at it and
worked at it, and now I want to go up there and shoot free throws, and
now... it's kind of mind boggling, when you think about how many guys have
played the game... when I finish playing and I look back on it, I think
it'll be huge. Right now I'm still playing the game, it's kind of tough
to really stop and think about it.
Malone on what made him work on his free throws: I just realized
that not only early in my career but, if I was going to play longer, guys
foul you when they get tired, guys foul you when they don't want to run
the floor... and I go up there, I want to be able to make them, I want
to make them pay for doing that, not "oh lets foul him" like they were
doing early on, and "make him make a free throws" you know, I want them
to foul me now. It's about taking a part of your game that you weren't
happy with and trying to get better. I think Coach Sloan is corny sometimes,
"you can get better and better no matter how long you play ghis game,"
and sometimes we think it's corny but it's a true statement. If you're
willing to make that committment in the summer time, when the camera's
off, when you're in that gym by yourself with no one around, that's when
you get better.
Malone on whether his time left to win a championship is running out and
what needs to be done: I just think we want to stay healthy,
and I don't think we think about a sense of urgency. We realize how old
we are, we realize we've been playing this game for a long time, but you
know what? We're not done yet. Everyone else might talk about, "we're done,"
but we don't believe that. We're just stubborn enough to think that
we can continue to play this game at a high level, and that's what we try
Malone when asked if he's got a shining moment in his career: Not yet.
Not yet. I'm waiting on it.