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Karl would rather help Kobe than win ring

Updated: May 28, 2004, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- When Karl Malone joined the Los Angeles Lakers last summer after 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz, he did so for one reason -- to finally be part of a championship team.

The pay cut Malone took, from $19 million to $1.5 million, was no big deal since he's earned far more money than he'll ever be able to spend.

It was all about the ring.

That being the case, his benevolent remark concerning teammate Kobe Bryant was quite touching.

"If I ...

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