Karl Malone, the self-proclaimed "old man" of the Western Conference All-Star team, didn't have much fun on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. It seems the Mailman's younger teammates, in his opinion, are like children who haven't yet learned to share.
"As far as I'm concerned this is the worst All-Star Game I've been in," said Malone, who scored four points in his 10th appearance in the NBA's midseason exhibition. "Everybody was just going one-on-one. Like I've said, I'm not cut out for All-Star games. I went to set a pick for a guy and he told me to get out of there."Malone, the top vote-getter in the Western Conference in fan balloting, played eight minutes in the first quarter and rarely had his hands on the ball. The game was more than two minutes old - 2 minutes, 20 seconds, to be exact - before he was thrown a pass. In the opening half, he missed his only shot and pulled down just one rebound.
Malone, after sitting out the entire second quarter, started the third and played nine minutes. This time he was a bit more involved in the offense. His 18-foot jumper from the left angle off a Gary Payton pass with 7:21 remaining broke his scoreless streak. Less than two minutes later, this time on a Kevin Garnett assist, Malone sunk a 17-footer. He sat out the entire fourth quarter - as the East romped to an 135-115 victory. Malone finished 2-for-4 from the field with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 17 minutes.
... Min FGM-A FTM-A O-T A PF Pts
Karl Malone 17 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 4