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Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:53 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 3:47 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliver
Jazz CEO Greg Miller went off on Karl Malone on his blog. (Getty Images)

Things are getting really real in Utah.

This is a long, complicated and hyper-emotional soap opera, so I'll do my best to distill the key details.

Hall of Fame Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan abruptly retired during the middle of the 2010-2011 season after reportedly getting into a locker room argument with All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Everyone involved was really upset, given Sloan's long tenure as one of the most well-regarded coaches in the league. Williams was traded soon after to the New Jersey Nets.

As things unfolded, Hall of Fame Jazz forward Karl Malone rushed to the defense of Sloan and insinuated that the Jazz hadn't done right by Sloan. He later claimed in a Salt Lake Tribune column that the Jazz also had not offered him tickets to the first game of the post-Sloan era, forcing him to purchase scalped tickets for himself.

This particular claim totally set off Jazz CEO Greg Miller, who wrote on Twitter that Malone was "lying" and then doubled-down on his angst by penning a piercing 1375-word blog post in which he aired decades of grievances and family business. In his post, published on his blog GregInUtah.com, Miller calls Malone "high maintenance," "unreliable," "unstable," and said that he would be unfit to serve as a coach for the Jazz big men.

Miller provided a laundry list of Malone's alleged flakiness and then offered his take on the ticket scandal, writing that Malone was using the situation as a stage to lobby for a job with the Jazz.
A year ago, when Jerry retired, Karl rushed to Salt Lake City. He got in front of every camera he could find at the first game following Jerry’s departure. He positioned himself as an authority on Jerry’s departure by saying something like “the Jerry Sloan I know isn’t a quitter. He left because he didn’t feel wanted.” Karl wasn’t in the locker room during the conversations with me and Jerry. Had he been, he would have seen me (and my mom) do everything possible to convince Jerry to stay. By his own admission Karl hadn’t spoken to Jerry since Jerry left. Karl’s comments on the radio and on national television made an already stressful situation worse. Then in his next breath, on national television, Karl asked me to hire him as a coach.

These are just a few experiences I’ve had with Karl that clearly demonstrate that he can’t be counted on. I am not willing to invite the elements of unreliability and instability into the Jazz organization. It would obviously do more harm than good.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Malone's response, which was essentially: "Oh yeah? Say it to my face."
"We’ve all become very brave when we’re tweeting, texting, blogging. We just write, press send. I don’t have time for that. Don’t tweet it, don’t blog it, don’t text it, give me a little human element. I’m in town two or three times a month. Until I see [Miller] face to face, there won’t be any more comment about Greg Miller. … He’ll see me again.
The paper also reported a statement from Sloan, which, as you would expect, was total class. Sloan said that the team had his back, tried to get him to stay on as coach and that the family conducts itself with integrity.

Meanwhile, Williams, who had been criticized by Malone, emerged as the smartest person in all of this, telling the Associated Press: "I don't respond to people who talk about themselves in the third person."

Miller would have done well to heed Williams' advice himself. Malone is a legend, sure, but he is human and his personality quirks are well-documented. Family business is family business, and ranting for paragraph after paragraph against a valued former employee is simply never the right move for any business owner. It's one of those ancient axioms: you can't defend your reputation by smearing someone else's. You might feel better after venting but your method will be remembered far longer than your words.

It won't be long until regret sinks in. An apology from Miller -- if not to Malone, then to fans of the team for his expression of emotion -- is the likely next chapter of this story.
Comments

Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Possibly 'roids ???? For many years the Mailman was into weightlifting/bodybuilding. Have PEDs affcted him? 



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Karl Malone As A Player"

Overrated...Malone never could put the ball on the floor and create his own shot...He had the benefit of playing with best pure PG of all time John Stockton. Without, Stockton Malone would have averaged probably 6-8 less points per game.

Malone was a bully too. He liked to pick on smaller players..(ie Isiah Thomas)

Karl Malone is lucky and should just go away. One of the most overrated nba players in history...

Barkley and Duncan were much better power forwards..




Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:18 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Malone is such a tool.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

The problem here is that Malone has about as much chance of beating Miller in a battle of words as Miller has of beating Malone at a game of one-on-one.  Miller's post was brilliant, with a positive disclaimer at the beginning, a lot of "damning evidence" in the middle, and a plea for reconciliation at the end.  It really doesn't leave Malone with a lot of "wiggle room" in which to respond.  
 
Malone and Miller had better come to some kind of "mutual agreement" before Malone looks like a blithering idiot.

If his goal was to drive off every potential free agent, then yes, it was brilliant.  If Miller wants to build a successful NBA franchise then it was the opposite of brilliant.  Spoiled silver spooner who has never worked a day in his life writing such a childish blog is humorous. 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Malone as a coach?  Hmmmm.  There is usually a reason why great players make terrible coaches.  How do you teach god-given ability?  Michael Jordon can play in scrimmages with the Bobcats forever and a day, but what is he going to say... "do it like I used to"?  When you throw in Karl Malone's well documented personality issues, I think the Jazz are right to say "thanks but no thanks".  

PS - It's too bad Sloan never got a ring.  Classy guy.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

This moron owner just broadcast to every free agent and player in the league, "don't play for us because we will dish on you in childish blogs."  Utah needs to move to a sports town and get new ownership as they just [roved they are clueless, which means of course that David Stern  probably will give this silver spooner another team to run.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

I think the blog gives us a sense of the frustration and headaches Jazz ownership has had to deal with.  The point that he's unreliable-well, that could hae been determined when he was 19 and got a 14 year old pregnant only to disown the child.



Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

Honestly, who gives a sh**.  Call me when these people grow up.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

The problem here is that Malone has about as much chance of beating Miller in a battle of words as Miller has of beating Malone at a game of one-on-one.  Miller's post was brilliant, with a positive disclaimer at the beginning, a lot of "damning evidence" in the middle, and a plea for reconciliation at the end.  It really doesn't leave Malone with a lot of "wiggle room" in which to respond.  
 
Malone and Miller had better come to some kind of "mutual agreement" before Malone looks like a blithering idiot. 



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Jazz CEO trashes Karl Malone in blog post

One more thing.. he pushed for the Jazz announcers to be fired because they were too critical of him vs. the Bulls.


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