The drama surrounding Hall of Famer Karl Malone and Jazz CEO Greg Miller took flight again on Monday night when the Mailman showed up unannounced and sat squarely under one of the baskets.
Ironically, it was almost the same spot where Miller‘s late father Larry got into a scuffle with a Denver fan during the 1994 playoffs.
Malone‘s arrival sent the media into overdrive. Again. The obvious story was whether the two had made up after the spat they had earlier this month. The Mailman had accused Miller of undercutting Jerry Sloan in 2011, leading to Sloan’s resignation. Malone also said he had to buy tickets to a Jazz game from a scalper. Miller fired back by saying in a blog that Malone was lying.
Although they met after the game in the coaches’ office, neither would talk about the conversation.
I understand they may think that divulging details of the conversation might keep the drama going. But it’s going on anyway and will almost surely continue indefinitely. If they don’t reach some sort of closure, then every time Malone comes to a game, the same story will replay itself. If they have resolved their issues, why not say so?
Top public relations people will tell you that messy stories go away quicker if you get them out in the open and quickly resolved.
That’s one difference between Larry and Greg Miller. The elder Miller would be mad at the Mailman but later he’d apologize and they’d usually make up fairly quickly. Malone never liked to stay mad at Larry for long and vice versa.
By revealing nothing, Malone and Miller made a common mistake people in the public eye make: They failed to reach any sort of closure. Hence, a story that should have ended weeks ago still has legs.
(Here’s a link to a column I did in 2010 with the Denver fan who Larry Miller scuffled with in 1994.) http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700028573/Remember-when-Larry-H-Miller-went-after-a-Nuggets-fan.html