posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 02:07 PM
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Los Angeles Lakers forward Karl Malone has decided to retire after 19
Malone, who will turn 41 on July 24, recently underwent surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee that limited the future
Hall-of-Famer to just 42 games during his one turbulent season with Los Angeles. He declined a 1.65 million contract option shortly after the Lakers
lost in five games to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA finals.
Malone signed with the Lakers last summer for far below market value in an attempt to win the NBA title that has eluded him during his Hall of Fame
That dream ended in a nightmare for Malone, whose injury forced him to the sidelines for the majority of Detroit's stunning series win. He played
sparingly in Games 3 and 4 and sat out the deciding final contest.
Malone would end his career second on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 36,928 points, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387. A 14-time All-Star
and the league's MVP in 1996-97 and 1998-99, Malone averaged 25 points and 10.1 rebounds per season but posted career-lows of 13.2 points and 8.7
rebounds in 2003-04.
Malone was also selected as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players in 1996.
After spending 18 years with Utah and earning $19 million in his final season with the Jazz, Malone signed with Los Angeles for $1.5 million.