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March, 2001
NBA BASKETBALL INTERVIEW
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Karl Malone Discusses Stuff

Karl Malone is the greatest power forward in NBA history. No further introduction needed.
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Karl 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.

Karl 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...

Karl 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...

Karl 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.

Karl 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. 

Karl 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 to do.

Karl Malone when asked if he's got a shining moment in his career: Not yet. Not yet. I'm waiting on it.

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