When Karl Malone joined the Lakers to make a title run with Kobe Bryant in 2004, the two became good friends. That changed on November 23rd, 2004 when Kobe accused Karl Malone of trying to get it in with his wife. Malone shrugged it off as a light hearted joke.
“Misery loves company. This is a Hollywood soap opera, and I’m not going to be a star in another Bryant soap opera.”
Either way, that tension still exists today.
In a recent interview with Huffington Post’s Marc Lamont Hill, Malone described his standing offer to knuckle up with the future hall of famer:
“We had a little issue,” Malone told host Marc Lamont Hill. “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,” Malone said. “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.”
51 year old at 6’9” 272 lbs vs a 36 year old at 6’6” 205 lbs. Who you got? My money is on old man strength.