alos dick bevetta had some say in malone not winning a championshipMalone is probably has the most storied career of any player not to win a championship.
You don't get to be 2nd all time in points without having talent. Malone was talented. The Jazz teams just peaked at the wrong times (I believe they should have won a championship somewhere between 88 and 95.) If the Jazz had one more younger star in 98 - 00 they probably would have won one of those.
Not to mention that Malone/Stockton rode out not only playing in a small market for many years, but consistently making the playoffs and making the conference championships.
I do think Malone/Stockton just were not good enough in the post season to carry the team over the top. They were a few bounces away from another shot at a title a few times. Malone hits a few free throws in Chicago, that could have turned a series. It was incredible how close those two teams were. That 98 series was probably the best NBA Finals ever. Certainly ranks up there with any Celtics-Lakers series.
Malone didn't play as well in the post season. Neither did Stockton. Both of whom should have dominated their respective positions. Stockton just wasn't athletic enough for Payton and Malone missed shots down the stretches of key games in the playoffs. Both are facts.
That being said, Malone doesn't go down with an injury and the Lakers win the title that year.