Karl Malone an all-time great for the Utah Jazz is now becoming a thorn in the side of the owners.
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If some athletes refuse to go gentle into that good night, others refuse to go at all.
Karl Malone retired in 2004 as one of the greatest players in NBA history. He redefined the power-forward position; he twice was the MVP and scoring leader; he won two Olympic gold medals.
More than most greats, however, he seems incapable of removing himself from the affairs of the team for whom he played. The Utah Jazz have discovered that he apparently is their general manager without portfolio.
His latest musings have so infuriated Greg Miller, the club owner, that a war of words has ensued, one that prompted Miller to write that Malone, 48, is "too unreliable and too unstable" to help the team as an assistant coach and that he lied to a newspaper about having to use an agent to purchase tickets to a Jazz game.
The affray started when Malone, who played 18 seasons with the Jazz, again criticised the club for ceding too much power to Deron Williams in his feud with Jerry Sloan, the veteran coach, prompting the latter to retire.
This happened a year ago.
Malone said he knew "for a fact" that management allowed Sloan to be "overridden" in decision-making by the wilful point guard.
This is a problem because Sloan quit the team during the season and later said he left of his own volition. And because Malone is revisiting old news.
Miller wrote: "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."