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Utah Jazz: John Stockton autobiography 'Assisted' to hit shelves this fall

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 4:16 p.m. MDT

The cover of John Stockton's autobiography "Assisted," which will be released Oct. 29, 2013. (Book cover) The cover of John Stockton's autobiography "Assisted," which will be released Oct. 29, 2013. (Book cover)

SALT LAKE CITY — To catch you up to speed on Utah Jazz legends, Jerry Sloan is still mentioned in job-opening rumors, Jeff Hornacek is the Phoenix Suns head coach and Karl Malone has agreed to mentor his old team's big men.

Oh yeah, and John Stockton is now … an author!?

Yes, really.

The Hall of Fame point guard's autobiography "Assisted" — co-authored by Kerry L. Pickett, his junior high coach in Spokane, Wash. — will be released this fall.

Deseret Book posted an Instagram photo of Stockton signing his Shadow Mountain-published book Thursday from the Book Expo America in New York City.

Turns out, the NBA's all-time assist leader got an assist from Malone for the book, as the power forward wrote the introductory blurb — call it a "power foreword" — for his pick-and-roll partner of 18 years.

Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, left, at a book signing for his to-be-released autobiography "Assisted." Deseret Book posted this photo on Instagram with the caption: "John Stockton former @utahjazz guard signing ARCs of his autobiography "Assisted" #WeAreUtahJazz #BEA13" (Deseret Book, Instagram) Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, left, at a book signing for his to-be-released autobiography "Assisted." Deseret Book posted this photo on Instagram with the caption: "John Stockton former @utahjazz guard signing ARCs of his autobiography "Assisted" #WeAreUtahJazz #BEA13" (Deseret Book, Instagram)

The book from Stockton, who retired in 2003 after an incredible 19-year career in Utah, will be made available to the public Oct. 29.

Here is the description of "Assisted" from Amazon.com:

"Fast, gritty, durable player who could read a basketball floor as well as anyone who ever played the game, John Stockton left the NBA after 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, holding a massive assist record, including the career mark (15,806).

"He also twice led the league in steals with a career total of 3,265 and retired as the NBA's all-time leader. And during Stockton's career, the Jazz never missed the playoffs. Coach Frank Layden said, 'Nobody thought that he was going to be this good. Nobody. But the thing was, nobody measured his heart.'

"John's autobiography, 'Assisted,' pulls back the curtain on his very personal life to show fans a thoughtful recounting of the people, places and events that have connected with John along his path of extraordinary success. This book clearly illustrates the importance of his family, his faith and his unparalleled competitive spirit."

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