Karl Malone (born July 24, 1963 in Bernice, Louisiana) is a former professional basketball player. He was nicknamed in college as the Mailman for his consistency ("the mailman always delivers"), and was arguably the greatest power forward ever in the NBA.
Malone spent his first 18 seasons (1985-2003) as the star player for the Utah Jazz. He then played one season (2003-04) for the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring from the game.
Malone was famous for his extremely well-defined physique, which ressembled that of bodybuilders. Along with Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins, Elgin Baylor, and his longtime Jazz teammate John Stockton, he is considered to be one of the best players, perhaps even the best, never to have won a championship ring.
Malone's jersey was retired on March 23, 2006, when the Jazz hosted the Washington Wizards. He was also honored with the unveiling of a bronze statue outside the Delta Center next to one of teammate John Stockton, and the renaming of a portion of 100 South St. in Salt Lake City in his honor. The intersection where the Stockton and Malone statues stand is now the intersection of Stockton and Malone.