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Karl Malone timeline

July 24, 1963 — Born in Summerfield, Louisiana

1982-85 — Played three seasons for Louisiana Tech. It was while playing for the Bulldogs that he acquired his nickname "the Mailman" because he always delivered. Malone led his team in scoring and rebounding in each of his three seasons. He left Louisiana Tech with career averages of 18.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg.

1985 — Selected by the Utah Jazz with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft. As a rookie, Malone averaged 14.9 ppg and 8.9 rpg during the regular season and totaled 21.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg in the four postseason games. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team for the 1985-86 season.

1986-87 — After the Jazz trade Adrian Dantley to the Detroit Pistons for Kelly Tripucka in the offseason, Malone leads the team in scoring for the first of 18 consecutive seasons. He averages 21.7 ppg and 10.4 rpg and leads the Jazz in scoring 51 times in 82 games.

1987-88 — Malone was named to the NBA all-star team for the first time. He would be selected 14 times in his career. Malone averaged 27.7 points and a career-high 12.0 rebounds. He finished fifth in the league in scoring and fourth in rebounding. After the season, Malone was named to the All-NBA Second Team and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

December 22, 1989 — Made a career high 22 field goals at Charlotte, scoring 52 points in a 114-100 win over the Hornets.

1989 — Named MVP of the 1989 All-Star Game in Houston after registering 28 points and nine rebounds. At the end of the season, Malone earned the first of 11 consecutive All-NBA First Team selections.

1989-90 — Malone averaged a career high 31 points per game and tallied 11..1 rebounds per contest. He finished second to Michael Jordan (33.6 ppg) in scoring and fourth in rebounding. His .562 field-goal percentage also ranked fourth among NBA players.

January 27, 1990 — Scored a career-high 61 points in a 144-96 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. That effort helped Malone secure NBA player of the month honors.

October, 1991 — Malone is selected by USA Basketball to represent the United States at 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Dream Team. Malone led the U.S. team in rebounds three times as it romped to a gold medal in the summer of 1992.

1991-92 — Malone helped the Jazz reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time. Utah eventually lost to Portland in six games.

February 21, 1993 — Shares MVP honors with teammate John Stockton at the NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, leading the West to a 135-132 overtime victory. Malone scored 28 points and collected 10 rebounds, while Stockton had 15 assists.

March 29, 1994 — Collects a career high 23 rebounds against Golden State in a 116-113 loss to the Warriors.

Oct. 29, 1996 — For the NBA's 50th anniversary celebration, Malone is included among a list of 50 of the all-time greatest players.

January 20, 1995 — In a 94-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Malone scores 28 points to become the 19th player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points.

1996-97 — Malone is named the NBA's Most Valuable Player after leading the Jazz to a franchise record 64 wins and their first trip to the NBA Finals. Utah loses to the Chicago Bulls in six games. Malone averaged 27.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and a career-high 4.5 assists.

1996-97 — Joined Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes as the only players in NBA history with over 25,000 career points and 10,000 career rebounds.

1997-98 — Unanimous selection to the 1997-98 All-NBA First Team and named to the 1997-98 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Malone helped Utah reach the NBA finals for a second consecutive season, where the Jazz again lost to Chicago in six games. Scored at least 2,000 points for an NBA record 11th consecutive season.

1998-99 — Named NBA Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career, becoming only the ninth player in league history to win the award more than once.

January 29, 2000 — Totaled 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 96-94 loss to Minnesota to become only the third player in NBA history to score more than 30,000 points.

December 5, 2000 — Moved into second place on the NBA's all-time scoring list ahead of Wilt Chamberlain after scoring 31 points in a 98-84 win over Toronto.

March 24, 2001 — Passed Moses Malone to become the NBA all-time leader in free throws made in a 119-93 win over the Washington Wizards.

March 18, 2003 — Topped 5,000 career assists in a 99-81 win over Denver and became only the second NBA player to total at least 35,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists in his career.

2003-04 — Signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent during the offseason. Malone appeared in just 42 games after missing much of the season with a knee injury. He helped Los Angeles reach the NBA Finals, where the Lakers lost to the Pistons in five games.

February 13, 2005 — Malone announces his retirement from the NBA.

March 23, 2006 — Malone's no. 32 jersey is retired by the Jazz in a game against the Washington Wizards. A bronze statue of him is unveiled outside Energy Solutions Arena and a portion of 100 South is renamed after him.

May 30, 2007 — Joined Kerry Rupp's staff at Louisiana Tech as director of basketball promotions and assistant strength and conditioning coach.

April 5, 2010 — Malone is officially selected for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame — both as a player and as part of the 1992 Dream Team.