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Utah Jazz notebook: Jazz celebrate 12/12/12 as John Stockton Day

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 10:15 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz social media team gave a clever twist to Wednesday's peculiar date, which you likely heard about 1.21212 trillion times was 12/12/12.

With those digits, what better day to celebrate the franchise's Hall of Fame point guard who wore No. 12?

While the rest of civilization went nuts about the last repetitive date most alive will experience, online Jazz fans participated in #JohnStocktonDay.

Jazz CEO Greg Miller also got into the spirit of the day. He had a chat with Stockton.

"Had a nice visit with John Stockton on this 12-12-12," Miller wrote on his Twitter account @greginutah. "Thanked him for all he's done for our family, organization and community."

Even San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich expressed his admiration for the Jazz legend, who used to give his team fits (yes, really) back in the day.

"It was fun watching him," Popovich reminisced before Wednesday's Jazz-Spurs game. "If he was playing, I'd just be staring at him — he and Karl (Malone). I wouldn't even notice anything else."

The current Jazz coach wouldn't mind that at all.

The current Jazz coach also wouldn't mind seeing Mr. Short Shorts in action again.

"I tell you what, he was one of the toughest competitors I played against as an opponent and with as a teammate," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "He understood completely who he had to be and how he had to be to be effective on the floor."

It remains to be seen if Jazz fans will have to wait until 32/32/32 for #KarlMaloneDay.

MANY MEMORIES: Throughout Wednesday, @utahjazz posted old photos and fostered an online discussion about fans' favorite Stockton memories and moments. The Jazz also reminded their 131,000 followers about some eye-popping stats from Stockton's career:

— He led the NBA in assists for nine straight seasons between 1987-'96.

— He played in every game in 16 of his 19 NBA seasons.

— He dished out an NBA-record 15,806 assists.

— He swiped an NBA-record 3,265 steals.

MY MINIVAN MEMORY: Although The Shot (that got the Jazz past Houston into their first Finals in 1997) and The Pass (leading to a win over the Bulls) rank high among all-time best Stockton moments, here's an experience the Deseret News had with the family man and wrote about at the same time the Sundance Film Festival was going on in January 2010:

"True story here: While walking to my car after the Jazz-Nets snoozer Saturday night at about 11:35, a bunch of pre-teen girls and a small boy flew out of a silver minivan parked by EnergySolutions Arena.

"The group of gigglers raced over to the John Stockton statue, laughing, posing, goofing off and climbing all over the bronzed Hall-of-Famer as a woman with long, blond hair took pictures.

"While passing the impromptu photo shoot, I glanced inside of the minivan and almost started giggling with the girls. Sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle with 'Dealer' license plates? The statue's doppelganger aka the real John Stockton.

"And though I only saw the back of her head, I'm pretty sure the stylish blonde was Nada Stockton and not Britney Spears.

"The Jazz legend, by the way, did not get out and climb on his statue or on Karl Malone's. Go ahead. Try to top that star-sighting story."

EMAIL: jody@desnews.com

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