Magazine article The New American

Former NBA Star Helps Out

Magazine article The New American

Former NBA Star Helps Out

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Karl Malone is a former power forward with the NBA Utah Jazz basketball team. Known as "The Mailman," the 6' 9" Malone played for 18 seasons with the Jazz and a year with the L.A. Lakers. Before that, he played for Louisiana Tech and was also on the 1992 and 1996 Olympic gold medal teams.

Being basically a country boy at heart, Malone now owns a logging company in Arkansas. When he heard about the devastation that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast, he responded with the instinctive swiftness of a team player and brought his crew and equipment to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Once there, Malone's crew spent two weeks removing debris from homeowners' devastated yards.

"Everything about this just felt right," Malone told a reporter from USA Today. "My mom died two years ago, and in our last conversation she told me that one day I would have to step up on a grand scale and help people. I knew this was it. …

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