Former Jazzman Karl Malone in town to celebrate his birthday

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DRAPER -- Karl Malone will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in less than three weeks, joining John Stockton and Jerry Sloan from last year's class. But this weekend, The Mailman is in town celebrating another event -- and it's not the 24th of July.

Malone will celebrate his 47th birthday Saturday, and he sat down with KSL's Rod Zundel to talk about his party plans.

"Does it still feel nice that the whole state of Utah takes the day off to celebrate your birthday?" Rod asked.

"You know what? I don't ever want ‘em to stop," Malone replied. "I don't care if it's not for me, just play like it is. Just act like it's my birthday."

Malone jokingly said the people of Utah were so good to throw a big celebration for his birthday when he first arrived that he decided he wanted to spend his 47th birthday here.

"When my family asked me where I wanted to go, I said, ‘Let's go to Utah,'" Malone said. "Days of '47, and [I'm] 47. Look at that now!"

Malone will hold a birthday party at his car dealership in Draper Saturday, and the public is invited to drop by and say "hi" to The Mailman and check out his sports museum.

Coming up this weekend on Sportsbeat, Malone talks about the Hall of Fame and if he thinks he is a great player or just a great athlete. Also, he tells us about his final conversations with Larry Miller.

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