Knuckle Up: Karl Malone Says Kobe Bryant Can Still “Get That Work”
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
We have all had that co-worker that we just did not like or get along with all that well. In team sports, it is no different. Even in professional sports.
NBA great and former two-time NBA MVP Karl “The Mailman” Malone built his career with the Utah Jazz but was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played with the employee that everybody seems to talk about at the water cooler, Kobe Bryant.
The two players played together during the 2003-04 season, and apparently the two had their issues with each other. Malone says that he holds no grudges against Kobe, but that does not mean he is not open to knuckling up with the Black Mamba.
The Mailman revealed this in an interview with the Huffington Post and let the world know that Kobe could “get that work”:
“We had a little issue. I don’t hold grudges … I love Westerns. I’m old-school Western. Back in the day, when you had a beef, you didn’t go get guns and knives … we just go back in the back with no cameras and knuckle up. Get it over with.
It’s a standing offer. Look, I don’t want no trouble. I don’t have a problem. People say whatever they want to say and that’s great. I’m 6-9, 272 [pounds] to be exact. I’m not hard to find. I don’t want no trouble. But if something got to go down, I’m not playing fair.”
According to a report by the Associated Press in 2004, Bryant felt betrayed by a man he considered a friend.
“He was like a mentor, like a brother to me, so when something like that happens, you’re upset, you’re hurt,” Bryant said.
Malone was not available for this report, but his agent Dwight Manley was. Manley said Malone was surprised by the accusation and he apologized to Bryant and his wife for any remarks that she might have considered inappropriate.
“Karl’s response to Kobe’s comments today is that he’s a basketball player and not a soap opera actor and he doesn’t intend to be involved in a personal soap opera,” Manley said of his client.
Kobe goes on to say that Malone, his wife Kaye, and the Bryant’s would hang out at each other’s home, have fun and even babysit each other’s kids, but he felt what Malone said was not misunderstanding.
“My wife wasn’t going to stand for it. She felt uncomfortable being around him to the point that she felt she had to call his wife and tell her.”
“Aw, you know, I’m sorry if I said anything that was out of line.”
Instead of keeping that situation behind closed doors, Kobe put The Mailman on blast in the media, which is not cool either. Even though a decade has passed, Malone, who has always been an imposing figure, let’s Kobe know through the media that he can get that “special delivery” if he wants !
I assume Bryant is going to pass, something he has a problem of doing on the court. Stamp this return to sender !!
BOSSes, check out Karl Malone below:
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