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It's Official: Malone Announces Retirement in Utah

Monday, February 14, 2005; Page D08

Karl Malone officially announced his retirement yesterday in Salt Lake City.

"You will not see me play again," he said. "That is a promise."

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After playing last season with the Lakers, Malone returned to the arena he called home for 18 of his 19 seasons.

"If I'm fortunate enough to go into the Hall of Fame, I will go as a Jazz man," he said.

Malone, 41, nicknamed "the Mailman," finished as the second all-time leading scorer in NBA history with 36,928 points. He was 1,459 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record.

Malone, the league's MVP in 1997 and 1999, teamed with guard John Stockton for 18 seasons with Utah to form one of the NBA's greatest duos, leading the Jazz to the NBA Finals twice but losing to Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

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Szczerbiak showed up at Target Center but was not on the Timberwolves' bench. Trenton Hassell started in his place.

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