6th August 00:32
Larry Miller calls out Malone
Larry H. Miller was fighting mad Friday night. So mad, in fact, he
called out Karl Malone. He challenged the longtime Jazz star to go
ahead and leave if he wishes and added he's "not going to put up with"
any more of Malone's disruptions.
In Miller's own words, he's "drawing a line in the sand."
At the same time, Malone is admitting his wife is already house
hunting in other NBA cities. Which means he's thinking seriously of
leaving the Jazz and pursuing free agency.
He's saying things like "I don't think (the Jazz) really, truly
have the nerve to come to me and say, 'We'd like you to move on so we
can rebuild without you."'
And things like "I'm a professional. I can play anywhere. If
they (his family) choose . . . to go somewhere else and I want to
play, we'll do that."
"Whether it's three or five or four," Manley said, "it's down to a few
The Los Angeles Lakers, the Jazz, San Antonio and Dallas
apparently are still in the running, though it seems the likelihood of
Malone leaving Utah after 18 seasons here is growing stronger and
stronger by the day.
Manley would not directly address where the Jazz standbut did
say this: "Over the weekend, there haven't been any additions or
subtractions — as of yet."
Also still intrigued by the possibility of signing Malone: the
"We are certainly still interested in Karl," Mavs owner Mark
Cuban said via email Saturday night, "and are still in touch with his
Eliminated from consideration, Manley confirmed Saturday, is the
Boston Celtics, who made their pitch with basketball operations
executive director Danny Ainge's visit to Malone early last week in
Salt Lake and a subsequent visit with Manley in the Los Angeles area.
"If Karl was 30 or 35 years old," Manley said with reference to
Malone, who turns 40 later this month, "Boston might be a great fit."
In explaining why the Celtics are not now, Manley essentially
eliminated the possibility of Malone going to any of the NBA's Eastern
"Because the No. 1 priority is the championship," Manley said,
"then you have to look at the West."