"The Karl Malone Show" is back on the air in Salt Lake City. The all-star power forward is no longer adamant about wanting to be traded by the Utah Jazz either.
In other words, it was just another day in Malone's ongoing soap opera. Call it "As the Mailman Turns.""Karl Malone the person will not change, but the business person has done a 360-degree turn," Malone said on Wednesday in an interview with Phil Riesen, the former Salt Lake television anchor and current news director at K-News (570 AM) radio.
The interview came exactly one week after Malone said he would never again play in a Jazz uniform and that he was planning to demand a trade as soon as the NBA lockout is over.
His tune has now changed, however. Malone told Riesen on Wednesday that he still loves Utah and "everything else being equal" would like to stay and play for the Jazz.
Malone's Los Angeles-based radio show was broadcast in Utah on KALL (910-AM) for two weeks until it was pulled off the air nine days ago in a dispute over money. KALL had been getting the program for free and refused to pay for it when Malone and his agent Dwight Manley asked for $500 an hour from the station for the two-hour daily program.
But the show was set to return to KALL from 2-4 p.m. weekdays beginning Thursday.
"I don't know the details, but Jacor (the owners of the station) and Malone have come to financial terms and "The Karl Malone Show" will be back on the air in Salt Lake," said Brad Stone, the sports director at KALL and sister station K-News.
Malone's return to the Salt Lake airwaves was to be preceded by another live interview with Riesen beginning at 1:40 p.m. Thursday.
Malone, who has played his entire 13-year professional career with the Jazz, has one season left on his contract with Utah. He will become a free agent next summer for the first time and has suggested on several occasions that he will leave the Jazz for greener pastures then.