Today in Sports History: December 22

In 1996, Karl Malone became the 11th player in league history to tally 20,000 points and 10,000 career rebounds. He currently holds the league record for regular season free throws. He also holds the record for games started at 1,471. 

Malone ended his career with 36, 928 points (25 ppg) and 9,787 free throws (.742 free throw percentage). Malone was selected 13th in the NBA’s 1985 draft by the Utah Jazz. He soon became known as one of the league’s most formable power forwards and teamed up with point guard John Stockton for one of the league’s most consistent guard-forward combinations which lasted 18 years. 

In addition to his NBA career, Malone was a member of the U.S. Men’s basketball team in 1992 and 1996. The Jazz retired Malone’s no. 32 jersey on March 23, 2006 and he was inducted into the half fame in 200710 for both his individual career and as a member of the 1992 Dream Team.

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