Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone has delivered on some pretty big things throughout his career. more than 20,000 points, three trips to the NBA FInals, an Olympic gold medal and the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Malone made big headlines, however, hours after Enes Kanter, the young Jazz center, did his Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS in some exotic locale complete with beach chairs and lots of sunshine. (Kanter also had a slightly tipsy camera operator who should be fired ASAP.)
Be that as it may, Kanter got splashed and ran like a big baby into his hotel--presumably to a hot tub. Before Kanter took the icy plunge, he called out Jazz coach Quin Snyder, Malone, and fellow Turkish player Memo Okur.
Malone then had no choice but to do it, right? If you know anything about "The Mailman," he always delivers. It may be in a way you don't like, or even understand, but he will always, always fulfill on his promise. In this case, Malone didn't create any controversy--he just made headlines.
On Thurs. Aug. 21 Malone asked Jazz fans via his wife Kay's Instagram page to deliver. He told fans young and old, near and far, to take time out of their busy schedules and hippity-hop on down to the Energy Solutions Arena, where in front of Malone's and John Stockton's statues, Jazz personnel would be waiting with buckets of icy cold water.
Let's be honest: if Malone asked Jazz fans to take a short leap off of a tall cliff, they would probably do it. So Malone enlisting Jazz enthusiasts to help fight ALS, a debilitating disease, is something they'd gladly do.
And so they did on Thursday, coming downtown to the arena in droves--much the same as they'd do in any situation for Malone. They buy his cars, they watch his movies, heck, they even sent him well wishes by the thousands when Malone's mom Shirley passed away.
They stood by Malone when it was determined he fathered a child out of wedlock, in college at Louisiana Tech--later determined to be former WNBA star Cheryl Ford and her twin brother Daryl--and they eventually accepted Malone's wish in the twilight of his career, that is, to attempt to win a title with the Los Angeles Lakers. (The NBA title never transpired, yet it did create some memorable skits, such as "Shaq and The Super Lakers" on Saturday Night Live.)
On Thursday afternoon, Jazz fans sat under a canopy of the two Jazz legends in bronze, braving intermittent rain showers. The brief but cleansing shower of icy cold water rushed down their shoulders on live television as the Ice Bucket Challenge rolls on, continuing to raise money ($31.5 million at last count) for a worthwhile cause.