Sunday , Feb , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Mailman makes retirement official

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Future Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone
announced his retirement at an afternoon press conference on Sunday at the
Delta Center.

Malone ends his career second on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 36,928
points, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387. A 14-time All-Star and the
league’s MVP for the 1996-97 and 1998-99 campaigns, Malone averaged 25
points and 10.1 rebounds over 1,476 games.

However, he posted career-lows of 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds last season
with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Malone underwent surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament in his
right knee over the summer of 2003 that limited him to just 42 games during
his one turbulent season in Los Angeles. He declined a $1.65 million
contract option shortly after the Lakers lost in five games to the Detroit
Pistons in the NBA Finals.

The 41-year-old Malone signed with the Lakers for far below market value
in an attempt to win the NBA title that had eluded him during his
illustrious career.

That dream ended in a nightmare for Malone, whose injury forced him to the
sidelines for the majority of the Finals versus Detroit. He played
sparingly in Games 3 and 4 and sat out the series-clinching contest.

Malone, who was being courted by the San Antonio Spurs, was also selected as
one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players in 1996.

After spending 18 years with Utah and earning $19 million in his final season
with the Jazz, Malone signed with Los Angeles for $1.5 million.