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Stockton, Malone Families Gather For ‘Family Reunion’

Jul 19, 2020, 5:49 PM | Updated: Apr 26, 2021, 3:19 pm
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Karl Malone #32 and John Stockton #12 of the Utah Jazz talk strategy during a break in NBA game action at the Delta Center circa 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The two greatest players in Utah Jazz history still share the special bond that they created as teammates in a Jazz uniform.

John Stockton’s family along with Karl Malone’s family gathered for a meal that was captured on Instagram.

Karl’s wife Kay posted on her Instagram story with a photo of the group saying “great to see my family.” Jazz Nation posted on Twitter, calling it a family reunion.

Stockton was taken in the first round, 16th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1984 NBA Draft. Malone was selected in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz with the 13th overall pick. The two immediately connected and are now considered one of the best duos in NBA history.

They led the Jazz to two straight appearances in the NBA Finals. Both were a part of the 1992 United States Olympics “Dream Team” where they won a gold medal. They were also members of the gold medal team in 1996.

Stockton and Malone were both inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

On May 17,  the NBA Twitter page hosted a live stream with former reporter and host Ahmad Rashad as he was joined by Malone, Stockton and other NBA Hall of Famers.

At the end of the broadcast, the guys were showing their appreciation for one another as they were saying goodbye. Malone asked the players one thing at the end.

“I need to say this because I know that (John) Stockton and I have been talking a lot recently,” Malone stated. “Coach (Jerry) Sloan is not doing well, so I want you guys to pray for coach Sloan.”

Sloan passed away five days later after a four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.

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