Karl Malone is so old school

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So here’s a quick story: A few years ago I wrote a story for GQ about the Dream Team. While I was reporting the story, I wanted to speak to as many Dream Teamers as I could, obviously, so I basically left messages with my cell phone number for everyone. Some calls were returned, but more were not. So I kept digging and calling and trying.

One weekday morning at 7:00 A.M., my cell phone rang, waking me from a deep sleep. I rolled over and checked the screen, and didn’t recognize the number, but I answered anyway. It was Karl Malone. While I appreciated him returning my call, even if it was at 7:00 A.M., I asked if I could call him back in five minutes, after I had a chance to grab my recorder and my notes (and my clothes). The Mailman said sure, but cautioned me to be quick about it because he was about to go out hunting. I rolled out of bed, got my stuff together and went into my office. I sat down and called the number he’d called me on, and after one ring a fax machine answered. As the machine screamed and whirred into my ear, in the background I heard NBA legend Karl Malone yelling over it: “Lang…hold on…I just…hang on a minute…” Eventually he got the fax stopped and we had a great conversation. (And we were later able to joke about his early-morning calls.)

Anyway, point being, Karl Malone may be one of the greatest NBA players of all-time, but that doesn’t mean he has to be great with technology. If there were any doubt, during last night’s Hawks/Jazz game, my main man Andre Aldridge caught up with the Mailman and found that he’s still using a flip phone in 2014…

VIDEO: Mailman flip phone

(And FWIW, apparently John Stockton still uses a flip phone, too.)

(via TNLP)


  1. The Voice In The Distance says:

    If he’s happy with the phone he has why change it? He doesn’t need to get a new one just because the one he has isn’t considered fashionable anymore.

    • lbj says:

      Being an old school will not give you any rings you need to come out from retirement and play with the king “LeBron” and finally you will have a ring to have a legacy!

    • lbjfan says:

      haha lbj you will be in the troll hall of fame!

  2. Too much technology sucks says:

    Come on! What’s wrong with not having a useless smartphone? Old-school phones are much better!

    • lbj says:

      maybe you don’t have enough money to purchase smartphone. Bitter!!

    • Javier says:

      No they aren’t… We get it some people love old and simple technology but you don’t have to slam new gen tech to prove your point…

      • Too much technology sucks says:

        That’s not my point, man! Touchscreen phones break extremely easily and I find them really uncomfortable to use.
        I also find it really frustrating that a new phone needs to have its battery recharged daily, while in old ones I only need to do every 3/4 days. Last but not least, smartphones are much bigger and heavier than normal phones.

  3. Jazz says:

    That’s my man! Mad Props

  4. Old school is better says:

    I use a flip phone too! It’s like 10$ a month and if it breaks it’s basically free to replace. Now that’s what I call a “Smart-phone”

  5. DogBrother says:

    I’m a little older than Malone & Stockton, and I also have a “dumb” phone, had it for about 7 years now. I don’t know the number without looking it up. I don’t know what it sounds like when it rings. I don’t text, I don’t tweet. I think I’ll survive a few more years!

  6. Bob says:

    I have a flip phone. I don’t want to become reliant on my smart phone like so many people. Constantly staring at your phone is a waste of time.

  7. DUH says:

    @LBJ come out of retirement? Idiota.

  8. dustydreamnz says:

    I hate smart phones too. I’ve got a flip phone.

  9. Eli. Odell J. says:

    Well that’s what I say to all you “smart phone” types, always buried in your facebook and whatnot.
    Smart phone, dumb operator
    Dumb phone, smooth operator

    • ouch says:

      Bashing people for being buried in internet would sound smarter if you don’t do it IN A WEB COMMENT. BTW: I wrote this with my smartphone 😉

  10. Hunter says:

    I love the mailman! I myself carry a flip phone and it does just fine for me. 🙂

  11. Bermir says:

    I am so old school,my phone doesn´t even flip…