Earlier this week, Andrew Perloff of "The Dan Patrick Show" reported that former Utah Jazz players Karl Malone and Bryon Russell were the only "notable" former on-the-court foes of Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan to decline interview requests for the ESPN docuseries "The Last Dance."
Malone, a Hall of Famer who is second on the all-time career scoring list, spoke with ESPN's "E60" about Jordan in February 2019:
Now we know what Karl Malone thinks of Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/Q7a7QdFHZp— E60 (@E60) May 20, 2020
"I accept the responsibility for not winning one (championship)," Malone commented about losing to Jordan and the Bulls in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals.
"I have the utmost respect for Michael," Malone added, "but I never thought I was playing Michael Jordan. I was playing the Chicago Bulls.
"Everybody says 'this person was a bad man,' and all of that. Well yes, I give them respect ... but I was a bad son of a bitch, too."
Malone famously had the ball stolen by Jordan with under 25 seconds remaining in Game 6 of the '98 Finals before Jordan buried what became a title-winning shot over Russell at the other end of the court.
That was Jordan's final bucket of his Bulls career.