By Chris Le
Future Hall of Famer and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Karl Malone is considering joining head coach Kerry Rupp at Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach. Malone has long voiced a desire to become more involved in his alma mater and has done so financially. Now he has the possible chance to have an effect from the bench; he already has, being the one to recommend Rupp — a long-time friend and co-executive director of the Karl Malone Foundation for Kids — for the head coaching job.
In his three seasons playing at Louisiana Tech, the Mailman averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds, leading his team to a collective record of 74-19 and a Sweet 16 spot in 1985.
Good luck, La Tech. You’re going to need it with Karl Malone. What sort of knowledge will he impart on your players, how to choke in pressure situations? Or maybe he’ll teach them how to play dirty. Well, at the very least, he’ll help in recruiting; I’m sure it’s hard for admiring high school kids to say no to the second leading scorer in NBA history. But Malone will probably recruit selfish players like himself — he would’ve loved O.J Mayo — when he should be enticing the John Stocktons of the high school basketball world.