Louisiana Tech star and NBA legend Karl Malone returns to Ruston as director of basketball promotions and assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Malone put Louisiana Tech basketball on the map in the mid-80's and left the NBA as the second all-time leading scorer with 36,928 points and a two time Olympic gold-medal winner.
Malone was known for his strength in the post and perfected the "pick-and-roll" offense with John Stockton during his tenure with the Utah Jazz. He earned the NBA's MVP honors in 1997 and 1999 while earning 14 All-Star appearances.
During his playing days at Tech, has amassed 1,716 points after only three seasons ranking him sixth all-time on the Bulldog career points lists.
His Dunkin' Dawgs' teams posted records of 19-9, 26-7 and an astounding 29-3 in his final season at Louisiana Tech. All three seasons he was named Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American.
Malone and his family reside in Ruston.
--Ranks sixth all-time at Louisiana Tech University with 1,716 points after just three seasons --Led Tech to records of 19-9 (freshman), 26-7 (sophomore) and 29-3 (junior) at Tech --Averaged 20.9, 18.8 and 16.5 points per game for an average of 18.7 for his career --1982-83: Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American --1983-84: Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American --1984-85: Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American, NABC 2nd Team All-American and AP Honorable Mention --Drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 13th pick in the 1985 NBA Draft --Played on the 1992 and 1996 "Dream Team" and earned gold medals as an Olympian --Voted MVP in 1997 and 1999 for the Jazz --Voted an All-Star 14 times and was MVP in 1989 and co-MVP in 1993 --Voted in 1996 to NBA's 50 Greatest Players list --Finished his illustrious NBA career as the second all-time leading scorer with 36,928 points on .516 shooting -Number 32 retired at both Louisiana Tech and for the Utah Jazz