The Utah Jazz recently brought in former legend of the team Karl Malone in order to help develop the team’s young big men. And if we are to believe one of the young big men, Derrick Favors, Malone has already had a positive influence on him.
Favors has spent the summer training alongside Jazz legend Karl Malone, who turns 50 on Wednesday and “could come out here and still hold his own,” Favors said.
“When I’m with him,” Favors said, “the intensity picks up. Whenever you do 10 [reps], now you work out with him you got to do 20. You shoot 100 shots, now you got to shoot 500 with him. So, the intensity goes up when I work out with him.”
Working next to an All-Time great player generally has that effect on players and Favors will be looking to put his summer work on display next season. With Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap out of town, both Favors and Enes Kanter are expected to play bigger roles and will finally have time to truly develop.