NBA commissioner David Stern is hoping for a reconciliation between feuding Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller and former franchise superstar Karl Malone.
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A bitter war of words erupted last week after Miller hit back at public criticism leveled by the Hall of Fame forward in which Malone blamed Miller for former coach Jerry Sloan’s exit last year.
“I’m looking forward to the next meeting between Greg and Karl,” Stern told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday. “Not for the sparks that I expect will fly, but for the calming that I think will and should occur.”
Malone, who spent all but one season of his 19-year career in Utah, accused Miller of giving former player Deron Williams too much power within the team.
The 48-year-old Jazz legend also said he was forced to buy a ticket from a scalper in order to attend a sold-out game following Sloan’s abrupt retirement.