Malone defined power game

What stands out to me about Karl Malone is the brutally physical way he played the game. He put the power in power forward.

Updated: February 12, 2005, 3:53 AM ET
By Greg Anthony | ESPN Insider
Karl Malone is arguably the greatest power forward ever to play the game — and I put the emphasis on power. He forcefully put the power in power forward.

The power game was Malone's mainstay. He was such a physical force, and he competed every night he took the floor.

For several years toward the end of my career, I played in the Western Conference, so I got a heavy dose of the 6-foot-9 Malone. I had the good fortune to have some great battles in the playoffs against him when I was with the Portland Trail Blazers. After the Utah Jazz went to the NBA Finals in 1998, we were able to knock them out two years in a row in the West semifinals.

What stands out to me about Malone is the brutally physical way he played the game.

Former NBA guard Greg Anthony covers basketball for ESPN.com Insider. He joined ESPN in November 2002 as a studio analyst for the network's NBA coverage. He appears on all of ESPN and ESPN2's NBA studio shows.

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