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Book review: 'Assisted' is an inspiring book about Jazz guard's life (+photo gallery)

By Shelby Scoffield

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

In this Jan. 22, 2000, photo, Utah Jazz guard John Stockton, left, drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings guard Nick Anderson during the first quarter of an NBA Basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Stockton along with David Robinson, Michael Jordan, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer were all elected to the class of 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, April 6, 2009. Induction is Sept. 10-12 in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

RICH PEDRONCELLI, Associated Press

"ASSISTED," by John Stockton with Kerry L. Pickett, Shadow Mountain, $25.99, 309 pages (nf)

“Assisted” is about the life and career of NBA basketball star John Stockton, which Stockton cowrote with Kerry L. Pickett. It is an inspiring account that illustrates the importance of family, faith and hard work.

In September 2009, John Stockton was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He begins by explaining the heavy responsibility on his shoulders. Not only would he be asked to contribute eight personal items from the course of his career, he would be asked to give a daunting speech thanking those who have helped him in life. He wrote that he felt an obligation to share his stories about his long career.

Stockton came from humble beginnings. He attributes his success to the people early on in his life — those who molded and shaped his childhood.

Stockton describes his family history in detail. He writes that his grandfather was a remarkable athlete. Stockton looked to him as he began playing football and basketball.

Stockton found he had a knack for basketball. Quickly moving through the ranks, Stockton joined the NBA and signed with the Utah Jazz. The rest of his career is history. After a 19-year career with the Jazz, he holds multiple records and retired as the NBA’s all-time leader.

In his autobiography, Stockton does not glorify his successes. He comes across as a remarkably humble man. He knows he could not achieve what he had without the help from his family and friends.

Fans of the Utah Jazz will especially enjoy this book. Those who are basketball fans, but who are too young to know who Stockton is, will benefit from the lessons that are found in the book.

“Assisted” is a quick, clean and educational read. It is about a remarkable man who is a role model for those of all ages.

If you go ...

What: John Stockton book signing

When: Friday, Nov. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Deseret Book Downtown, 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Also ...

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Fanzz, Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.

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