by far my favorite player growing up. i remember seeing a special on NBC (god i miss the nba on nbc sunday tripleheaderfests!) about his training regimen, and him debunking the myth that doing intense upperbody workouts would hinder a player's jumpshot.
He worked his upper body a lot, and had a great mid-range game. His philosophy, and one I think power forwards looking to expand their game into a face up mid-range game should take seriously, was to strengthen the shoulders and forearms to take the stress off of the legs over the course of both a 48 minute game and a season.
Which isn't to say he was a proponent of a flatfooted set shot, but more of a balance between the the lower and upper body. Malone had an incredible touch around the basket, great hands, and was a tremendous passer out of the double-team.
Nice post SJ. It brought back some nice memories.