Midway through this year's NBA finals, the favored Utah Jazz found themselves in a desperate and unexpected situation. Down three games to one in the best-of-seven series, the Jazz had looked anemic and ineffective against the swarming defense of the Chicago Bulls.
Jazz star Karl Malone, usually a dominating force and leading scorer on the court, was playing terribly. He was roundly criticized. Jazz fans were beside themselves. Where, they wondered, was Karl Malone?