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  • Karl Malone, an interesting man. People either love him or hate him, but I must say that I respect him.

    Back in the weeks before "The Day", I had the opportunity to work with him for some time. I would photograph him and do it in everyday settings. The only catch? We could never talk Basketball. Here's the reason. He played for the NBA, on the Utah Jazz, and it was a job doing something he loved. But everyone associated Karl with the man on the Court...and he resented that.

    I got to see him take truckloads of food, clothing and medical supplies to the Navajo reservations in Northern Arizona. Several times I accompanied him as he worked through his foundation to pay off mortgages for people in need. He loved children and would do damn near anything for any child with an illness; he felt true pain for them, suffered and shed tears.

    I went snowmobiling on his Idaho ranch, spent time fishing with him and just watched him live life as close to normal as he could manage.

    One day he looked at me, holding my camera and told me he liked it when I was taking his picture. I didn't pose him, get in his way, bother him or turn him into something he wasn't. When he saw the picture above he just smiled... "It looks like I'm prayin'" he said, nodding.

    "Were you?" I asked.

    Karl thought for a moment. "If I was it was for a few minutes of quiet" he replied.

    As long as this picture survives, he'll have it.
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