Karl Malone and John Stockton never won an NBA championship. Here's what left them empty-handed.

Karl Malone and John Stockton might just be the best duo in NBA history to fall short of winning it all. That might even extend to all major pro sports. They had all the stats and all the individual acclaim, and they had all that with a franchise that won consistently for almost two straight decades. This episode of Untitled examines why, despite a basically ideal situation, two of history’s greatest players couldn’t bring Utah even one NBA championship.
There isn’t one simple answer. From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, Utah never made it out of the Western Conference playoffs for a rotating carousel of reasons: Sometimes it was failure in the clutch, sometimes it was an unstoppable opposing star like Hakeem Olajuwon, sometimes it was missing players in crucial moments. Sometimes it was all of the above.
In the late 1990s, the Jazz finally made a couple NBA Finals against Michael Jordan and the Jazz. They lost both, of course, but neither of those losses was a foregone conclusion. Both came down to little twists of fate and momentary greatness.
This is a heartbreaking tale; it’s year after year of “almost”. But gazing upon the sheer volume of that almost-perfection helps one appreciate how consistently great Stockton and Malone were ... even if they never achieved the ultimate reward for their collective greatness.
Directed and edited by Ryan Simmons
Motion graphics by Michael Das
Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
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  • All you needed to show to make the point why the JAZZ never won is a picture of MJ with the trophy.

    The Dirk DigglerThe Dirk DigglerVor 50 Minuten
  • People continually underrate these two. There's WAY too much emphasis put on titles when we assess a players' career. Titles are so much the product of your teammates, the teams you have to play against, coaching, etc. I think they should count for something, but it's ridiculous and arbitrary that if these guys had just won one title they would be thought of so much more highly.

    rome8180rome8180Vor 50 Minuten
  • Long story short Jordan was playing in the nba

    BurGeeBurGeeVor Stunde
  • Two words: Michael Jordan

    jarvis williamsjarvis williamsVor Stunde
  • I dont have to watch the video: The answer is Michael Jordan.

    S PS PVor 4 Stunden
  • i was gonna be like 'hey did someone forget to put in title text at 1:41' but then i realized i am stupid

    Brendan DunphyBrendan DunphyVor 5 Stunden
  • i am trying to think of a team where the best two players on the team was a point guard and a power forward? I am sure there is one but I can think of won payton, Kemp, kj, barkley you want one of your best players to be a wing like scottie pippen, kobe, Durant, klay Thompson ect. You can say kyrie and Lebron but then the question is Lebron really a power forward.

    willwillVor 10 Stunden
  • Easy..... 3 words 5 syllables..... THE CHICAGO BULLS

    Black Legacy EntertainmentBlack Legacy EntertainmentVor 11 Stunden
  • The short answer: Jordan🤷🏽‍♂️

    King Tut93-King Tut93-Vor 11 Stunden
  • Because Kobe and Jordan was in the way also Phil Jackson had a lot to do with it also #lakersnation

    chito Imchito ImVor 18 Stunden
  • What stopped them was Jordan. Didn't watch the full video

    Tony VangTony VangVor Tag
  • I think the Jazz were a predictable team come playoff time. You cut off the Stocktons passing lanes and trap Malone, then you slow their offensive momentum. That's why many of their games in the playoffs came down to the wire. Championship teams have many playmakers and relish any role they need to play.

    Velvet SkyVelvet SkyVor Tag
  • Simple answer from jordan: “its my time buddy”

    iAmonLyinto3iAmonLyinto3Vor Tag
  • Too many white players

    MC McMuffknuckleMC McMuffknuckleVor Tag
  • Stockton is elite by far the best point guard, to answer this videos question in the why Malone and Stockton never achieved a ring together Jordan

    Robert VRobert VVor Tag
  • Jordan won 6 - thats why.

    Mark BayMark BayVor Tag
  • I can at least say I'm a better father than malone, scumbag had kids outside of his home and didnt looked after them for years, that's a real beta male

    don't be maddon't be madVor Tag
  • Jordan what kind of question is that?

    Kyle GilmoreKyle GilmoreVor Tag
  • So glad Hakeem and my rockets we able to survive the Jordan era and get a Championship

    jairo The assassinjairo The assassinVor Tag
  • The little guy, and Stockton is 6'2 i get it compared to most NBA players but still its laughable

    Everett IkaEverett IkaVor Tag
  • Denver nuggets season being 8th seed beating the number 1 Seattle supersonics

    R MossR MossVor Tag
  • I would like to see a piece on the Detroit lions and Cleveland browns the two franchises who have not been 5o the superbowl... I think lol

    R MossR MossVor Tag
  • Stockton should have left the Jazz... they got way too predicatable.

    Krayzi JayKrayzi JayVor Tag
  • Lol.. Because MJ is in their way.. Simple.. Greatest of all time is playing with them..

    Chong YenChong YenVor Tag
  • One word reason Jordan

    Matthew HeywoodMatthew HeywoodVor Tag
  • Watching this during covid quarantine thanks SB Nation🙏🙏🙏💯

    Beeman 2892Beeman 2892Vor Tag
  • Brah everyone knows MJ is the reason why nobody won a title...only The Dream made it happen when MJ retired....

    Beau KassebeerBeau KassebeerVor 2 Tage
  • Easy they didn’t win. Why? Jordan!!

    Chris SamsChris SamsVor 2 Tage
  • 17:55 it was Hornacek that over threw the ball to Malone. Not Stockton.

    Jay ChildJay ChildVor 2 Tage
  • Karma for moving the Jazz from New Orleaans to Utah, and keeping the name

    Tucker FranceTucker FranceVor 2 Tage
  • Illegal/Moving pick on Malone.. on game six WCF shot by Stockton.. should have never counted but refs were blind AF

    Green And OrangeGreen And OrangeVor 2 Tage
  • two words...MICHAEL JORDAN

    david cone jrdavid cone jrVor 2 Tage
  • The answer is very simple. MICHAEL JORDAN!! You think Stockton and Malone are the only two that were denied championships because of the Bulls? Tell that to Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, and numerous others that probably would have won titles if the Bulls weren't in their way. This video wasn't bad but the Bulls are the reason why they never won a title.

    amorettoamorettoVor 2 Tage

    MiKeIsMiAMiKeIsMiAVor 2 Tage
  • Two words: Micheal jordan

    Murray FamilyMurray FamilyVor 2 Tage
  • Hahaha a dismayed Kenny Smith watching the mailman on the court 0:40

    Alex DAlex DVor 2 Tage
  • David Stern is why

    Showtime 209Showtime 209Vor 2 Tage
  • Where my jazz fans at😓

    Bransen Harris_2Bransen Harris_2Vor 2 Tage
  • One of the best old school teams to use on 2k

    Dustin RobertsDustin RobertsVor 2 Tage
  • Miguel Jordán

    b i c y c l e k i c kb i c y c l e k i c kVor 2 Tage
  • Simple answer....MJ...sadly Malone scored 2nd highest yet noone talks about him being the goat....

    CaRL DJuSTIceDCaRL DJuSTIceDVor 2 Tage
    • Because he chocked in big moments when Jordan excelled

      Matthew HeywoodMatthew HeywoodVor Tag
  • MJ, Duncan, Shaq. 3 goats that's why.

  • 2 words, MICHAEL JORDAN...

    chicagocold312chicagocold312Vor 3 Tage
  • Two reasons ... MJ Mailman choked several times

    Chee PanchingChee PanchingVor 3 Tage
  • 2 words: Jor Dan

    ZblacknessZblacknessVor 3 Tage
  • Chicago Bulls.

    Chris MoyersChris MoyersVor 3 Tage
  • Do one on not a player, but the 90s Indians as a team

    Cory BowerCory BowerVor 3 Tage
  • Just from the thumb nail the answers easy, they were the second best duo in the Jordan era

    A.D.PrayerA.D.PrayerVor 3 Tage
  • they don't have the killer instinct..who will possess the ball in crucial moments

    Rene Boi BrunoRene Boi BrunoVor 3 Tage
  • Michael.

    Nigga from Diary of a Mad Black WomanNigga from Diary of a Mad Black WomanVor 3 Tage
  • This is y 🐐🐐🐐

    Angel RiveraAngel RiveraVor 3 Tage
  • Karl Malone didn’t win because kobe was busy raping a girl instead of practicing in the gym and he shot bricks against the pistons

    Bo BobBo BobVor 3 Tage
  • Simple answer to that question is Michael Jordan.

    Steve LSteve LVor 3 Tage
  • Stockton and Malone are regular season players, the playoff is too much of a mental game and they (specially Stockton) lack that feature. But it's OK because almost every person on earth would crumble before that much pressure.

    Wladimir OdaWladimir OdaVor 3 Tage
  • Malone was a f...ing creep of the court, and a dirty player on it. Without Stockton he would have never been a mediocre player. John on the other hand was a master of basketball,the skill set perfect for a point guard and the IQ unmatched by his rivals.

    Rytis GervickasRytis GervickasVor 4 Tage
  • Because they didn't keep Darrell Griffith

    James GrossJames GrossVor 4 Tage
  • Michael Jordan is why

    BarbecueBoyBarbecueBoyVor 4 Tage
  • Unpopular opinion: Stockton and Malone were a better duo than mj and pippen. It was the overall team that was far superior.

    cruz loeracruz loeraVor 4 Tage
  • This is going to break my heart... I love the Jazz now... but the 90’s NBA was my obsession as a kid...

    Jonathan MarujiJonathan MarujiVor 4 Tage
  • This duo's deserved at least 2 rings!

    Jose TorresJose TorresVor 4 Tage
  • Do why Big Ben, AB, and bell never won a championship

    Omar AbuseifOmar AbuseifVor 4 Tage
  • For everyone commenting just “Jordan,” it’s clear you don’t watch basketball. That’s only 2 years. What about basically 88-96? Oh that’s right, y’all don’t know that much about basketball really.

    Mr- GimmeDatShxt!Mr- GimmeDatShxt!Vor 4 Tage
    • Well the bulls won 4 titles in that span

      Matthew HeywoodMatthew HeywoodVor Tag
  • And people swear up and down only the East was loaded I’m the 90’s. Please the whole NBA was loaded in the 90’s loaded Utah couldn’t get out the playoffs. West took over in the 2000s

    Anthony ThomasAnthony ThomasVor 4 Tage
  • Please do Philip Rivers! That poor guy must have had 8 seasons end due to silly teammate mistakes.

    HeHatesSheHeHatesSheVor 4 Tage
  • They choke

    Vargas Luis BartolomeVargas Luis BartolomeVor 4 Tage
  • Easy answer. Because number 23 played in the east. When 23 left, number 21 became dominant in the west.

    clk vegasclk vegasVor 4 Tage
  • Great players but both missed a lot pf clutch plays

  • Michael Jordan

    Still Midwest RapzStill Midwest RapzVor 4 Tage
  • Why Stockton and Malone didn't win a title Answer: Eddie Johnson😂

    David HardyDavid HardyVor 4 Tage
  • Jordan and the Bulls, easiest answer ever. Same reason the Knicks and Pacers never did in the nineties.

    Derric KennemeeDerric KennemeeVor 4 Tage
Karl Malone and John Stockton never won an NBA championship. Here's what left them empty-handed.