This is the second of three excerpts from 'Assisted: An Autobiography'
Nice excerpt. How we miss him, now. *sniff*, *sniff*. Plug him in(at his peak)
for this season and I am sure, the record would have been at the least 4-4 now,
in spite of the poor coaching, rest of the team being same. With sloan it can
easily be 6-2. Just a little bit of leadership, hustle and fire on the court.
Just one problem -- 1% body fat is impossible and would result in death. 3% is
possible, but extremely unlikely. 3-4% is usually only attained by bodybuilders
for a very short period for competition and is not sustainable for any lengthy
period of time, particularly for someone engaged in a contact sport. It would
just be dangerous. So the stats can't be correct. Stockton is awesome
Although I saw him in many games at both the Delta Center and the Salt Palace
one game sticks out in my mind. It was in the old Salt Palace and the Jazz had
lost to Chicago. After the game I watched a young John Stockton along with a
Young Karl Malone stay behind to sign autographs - he was friendly and more than
willing.I think it was a Jazz promotion or something but I remember
thinking here is this guy who is my age and he is not like the others. He was
real. The way I expected an athlete to be. An inspiration who made you feel
like everything was possible. He was once asked about hitting a
game winning shot at the buzzer - his response was classic and telling - he said
that if he had not missed a couple of easy shots in the first quarter that last
one would not have been necessary, He taught me that its not the buzzer shot
that wins - but all the shots from the beginning to the end.Thanks
John for being a real man.
Players nowdays will be hard to replace Stockton. Used to be a Laker fan after
Utah Stars folded. Jerry West was my favorite player,Then Pistol pete,(before
the move to Utah, and after) Then Stockton.Along with Stocktons records I
don't ever think he will be replaced as my all time favorite. By the way I
despize the Fakers now..
@BYU Joe: Another thing Stockton would do always is when he was praised he would
always turn the table and talk about a fantastic game one of the other players
had. Good luck in trying to find that today..
I miss John Stockton. He's still as big a class act today, as he was when
he played for the Jazz.If he ever wants a full time coaching job, he
would be welcomed back with open arms.
This article makes a very good point about a particular sports characteristic...
that of being coachable. Developing that trait is almost a necessity for a long
career in the NBA. Players who aren't very coachable are
letting personal pride get in their way of fulfilling their greatest potential
and are almost guarranteeing themselves of a shorter career. Being
so coachable (and not filled with ego pride) is one of the reasons Stockton was
and is so loved in Utah.
The Stockton will forever be remembered for his short 1980s shorts--which became
iconic.How could you not love stockton? He was amazing, humble, and
always quietly played above what should have been his ability. He had amazing
hands and made difficult things look easy.There is only one guy
today that is as classy as Stockton--Jimmer Fredette. Unfortunately, Jimmer
hasn't reached the same type of success on the court yet. (Don't
flame me, I'm not trying to start the debate as to why this is. Just focus
on the classy part.)
The day Stockton retired i was at school...when i heard the news...i cried...my
classmates didnt know why...the guy was my hero (aside from my dad)...he taught
me a lot of lessons while watching him play...taught me to be humble....do
things the right way...hard work...dedication and loyalty...even though many
have underrated him...he always gets the job done...since i was a kid i have
always thought that John Stockton would always play and kid around saying that
he'd still play until his 60s...but i guess all great things come to an
John Stockton.Toughest. NBA. Guard. Ever.And classy, to
boot.'Nuf said....God bless you, John, God bless
John Stockton set the standard for team leadership that few NBA players will