With no Stockton or Malone, Jazz play new tune

Is their life after Stockton and Malone? Jerry Sloan and the Jazz are prepared to find out.

Updated: July 16, 2003, 6:23 PM ET
By Scott Howard-Cooper | Special to ESPN.com

First, a prediction:

Karl Malone didn't leave Utah on great terms, clashing again with owner Larry Miller and parting with particular disdain for general manager Kevin O'Connor, but he will finish his career with the Jazz in the name of symbolism. Malone felt unwanted in the end, except he has grown too much the last few years and desires a happy ending too much to let the bitterness last into a jersey-retirement ceremony and beyond. A full-circle closing would hold great emotional value, ...

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