So many things to love in this clip of Karl Malone demonstrating the pick and roll on the NBA TV set recently.
It’s all great, but I especially enjoyed his point of emphasis to “make sure Ostertag is out of the way.” Other great lines:
“If he’s not going to put any pressure on me, I’ll slip that all day long–and I mean all day long.”
“I didn’t try to catch the ball all the time; I just wanted to knock it down.”
Karl even names names:
“The pick and roll is designed to put pressure on people who didn’t want to [defend] it. Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, the absolute worst big men to ever play the pick and roll. We loved it coming down the stretch, because we knew they didn’t want to play it.”
Malone’s eyes are also like dinner plates at the end when Sam Mitchell is explaining how he would guard Karl in the post. It’s all Malone can do to resist saying “That’s what you’d do??? No wonder I scored a million points on you.”