Karl Malone was born in Summerfield, Louisiana, and was the youngest of nine children. He led his high school basketball team to three consecutive Louisiana Class C titles from 1979 to 1981.
In his college years, he enrolled at Louisiana Tech University and joined the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs' basketball team during his second year, playing under coach Andy Russo. At the end of his second season with the Bulldogs, the team finished the season 29-3, at the top of the Southland Conference and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the very first time in the school's history. He gained the nickname "The Mailman" because he always delivered.
During the 1985 NBA draft, Malone was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 13th overall pick, despite believing he was going to be selected by the Dallas Mavericks. In his first year with the Utah Jazz, he made the 1986 NBA All-Rookie Team.
After a successful collegiate career at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Malone entered the NBA in 1985 as a first-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz. Standing 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 metres) tall and weighing 260 pounds (117.5 kg), the muscular player quickly established himself as the dominant power forward in the league. He and point guard John Stockton ran the pick-and-roll play to perfection, with Stockton piling up assists and Malone piling up points. Widely celebrated for his intense workout regimens and his durability—he never missed more than two games in any of his 18 seasons with Utah—Malone was a tenacious rebounder who could score both by muscling in shots in the low post as well as via his efficient mid-range jump shot.
During the better part of the 1980s and 90s, Karl Malone’s Jazz teams dominated the NBA’s western conference. Teaming up with John Stockton, Karl found the perfect point guard to match his game. They would become the most dominating and iconic duo in NBA history with their unstoppable pick and roll. Karl’s Jazz teams made the playoffs every year, reaching the Finals in '97 and '98.
Karl Malone played 19 seasons for the Jazz and Lakers. He averaged 25.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 1,476 regular-season games. He was selected to play in 14 All-Star games, and won 2 MVP awards. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
Malone scored the second most career points in NBA history (36,928), and holds the records for most free throws attempted and made.
He was a physical defender and rebounder, and one of the most durable players ever in the NBA.
Internationally, Malone competed with the United States national team in the Summer Olympic games of 1992 and 1996; in both years he won gold medals.
After retiring from the NBA, Malone joined the staff of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball team in 2007.
Karl Malone’s career achievements includes: 2x Olympic Gold Medal, 2x League MVP, 2x All Star Game MVP, 14x All Star, 11x All-NBA First Team, 3x All-Defensive First Team.