So, while you were (hopefully) sleeping, Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller was typing a blog about Karl Malone that he posted on greginutah.com Friday night. If you look at it as a Jazz man going off on a Laker, then it seems less volatile and even puts some spice into tonight’s Utah-L.A. showdown.
Otherwise, well, wow. Miller doesn’t pull any punches in defending himself and his franchise. (*UPDATE: Jerry Sloan releases statement about his retirement*)
Before the take-off-the-gloves blog, here’s the terse tweet from Miller (a.k.a. @GregInUtah):
Malone went on 1280 The Zone recently and revealed that he bought tickets from a scalper,and it’s been reported that the Mailman wasn’t able to get tickets (or at least not ones to his liking) because the arena was sold out for the first game after Jerry Sloan shockingly resigned last year.
Miller’s prose are definitely worth reading, but here are some highlights (or lowlights, depending on your point of view):
- Miller wrote that Malone “crossed a line” by the way he portrayed his treatment by the Jazz at that game last year. “I can no longer afford to sit back and let Karl make comments that are factually inaccurate without defending the franchise and our family.”
- Miller reflected on Malone’s Hall of Fame career and benevolent acts, calling him a “warrior” and an “extremely generous person.”
- Miller said Malone was and remains “high-maintenance,” and referred to the late Larry H. Miller ripping up six contracts “because Karl kept demanding more” and the “benefits were clearly there” because of night-in-night-out 25-point, 10-rebound efforts.
- Miller: “The fact is Karl is still as high-maintenance as he ever was, but now he has nothing to offer to offset the grief and aggravation that comes with him.”
- Miller: “I’ve tried to keep in mind the words of one of my mentors close to the situation who said ‘Karl Malone is (a) giant pain in the ass, but he’s our pain in the ass.'”
- Miller said he wouldn’t hire Malone as a Jazz coach, calling him “too unreliable and too unstable.” He proceeds to provide some examples of canceled lunches and a late appearance to an autograph signing. He also explained to Malone that talking about wanting to be traded from Utah directly affected car sales.
- Miller also wrote that Malone “made an already stressful situation worse” by showing up to the first post-Sloan Jazz game in Utah — after buying scalped tickets — and claiming that the Hall of Fame coach wasn’t a quitter and resigned because he didn’t feel wanted.
- “These are just a few experiences I’ve had with Karl that clearly demonstrate that he can’t be counted on,” Miller continued. “I am not willing to invite the elements of unreliability and instability into the Jazz organization. It would obviously do more harm than good.”
- Miller wrapped up the blog explaining that Malone has always been welcomed back as an alum of the Jazz and treated with respect and care. He then wondered how their relationship “became so sour” and invited the Mailman to mend the fence, return to Jazz games and become an ambassador for the organization.