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The NBA fined the Utah Jazz $15,000 Friday for a skit that took place during a first-quarter timeout of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Utah's mascot held a phone conversation with a Karl Malone impersonator over the public address system. Malone, who missed the game with an injury, spent the first 18 years of his career with the Jazz before signing with the Lakers this offseason. "I don't care if Stock (John Stockton) ain't there. I want to come home. But I guess it could be worse. I could be Ko--." The mock call abruptly ended with the thinly veiled reference to Kobe Bryant's pending sexual assault case. Utah management sent a written apology to the Lakers organization but Malone himself has not accepted his former team's apology.

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