Karl Malone said on Wednesday that he will serve as big man coach for the Utah Jazz in a part-time role, tutoring Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
"Everything is about timing and the timing is right," Malone said in a radio interview. "The fact they think I might be able to help is pretty neat. …
"I’m not getting bored or anything. I’ve got plenty to do. But I also grew up playing basketball my whole life, so this is exciting for me."
Malone made it clear that he does not want people to think he is angling for a larger role within the Jazz's organization.
"I’m not going to be sitting on the bench," Malone said, "and I’m not going to be taking over any meetings. We’ll take some small baby steps and go from there. … I don’t want to be a distraction."
Malone was a legendary player for the Jazz and led the franchise to two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998.