Stockton was as close to getting the most out of the frame God gave him as any
other player who ever lived, and nobody ever played as efficiently. He could do
with one hand what some players need two hands even to attempt, such as to
bounce the ball at an angle around a defender. He could throw the baseball pass
better than anybody who ever lived. Off the dribble was a piece of cake. And
was Stockton one of the finest defenders we've ever seen? No doubt. One of his
finest defensive games was against Iverson when Stockton was about 38 years old.
Every single time Iverson cut, Stockton had anticipated the move and blocked
AI's progress. The little tattooed man got so upset that he couldn't see
straight. I had never seen anybody stop Iverson before, and this was at AI's
physical peak, when he was still a step faster than anybody else in the league.
Wilt Chamberlain once said he would select Stockton over any other player to
start a team. Can you imagine what Stockton could have done with West,
Chamberlin, Baylor on his team? Or Bird, McHale and Parrish?
Best point guard ever. Best coach in the NBA. Best pair to enter the Hall of
Fame. That says it all.
Never has been a better point guard than Stockton. Ever. Say what
you want about Magic or Oscar Robertson (and they are definitely two of the
game's best players ever, don't get me wrong), or about anybody else, but the
simple fact is that Stockton was better at doing what a point guard has to, and
better at it for longer, than anybody else.Proof?How
about a career assists record that will never be broken. Even if it does get
broken someday, none of us will be alive to see it.So here's to
Stockton and Sloan. Their combination of talent, endless competitiveness,
success, and sheer human decency are inspiring. Two people the likes of which
basketball might never see again.
A toast to both. True winners and sportsmen !
FANTASTIC ARTICLE. AMEN. AMEN.
Stockton's lifetime assist record will never be broken.More
importantly, Stock's decency, respect for others, and knowledge of the game are
second-to-none. I loved Magic Johnson's game and, I suppose, one
could argue that Magic was a better basketball player than Stockton. But, has
there ever been, or will there ever be, a better true point-gaurd than John
Stockton always seemed to see the game being played in slow motion while
everyone else was forced to play in real time. The competitive fire burned very
deep and hot and constant with Stock. He was up to it in every second of every
game. He probably produced more with the talent he had than any player in NBA
What higher praise is there than what John Wooden said of Stockton? He's not
just a library of how to play basketball, but how to play sports in general. I
miss him and will one day miss Coach Sloan!
What a fantastic article!!! We are truely fortunate to have been able to witness
I will bet Sloans farm that Stockton could still get 10 points, 8 assists in 20
minutes and not break a sweat!
Excellent article, Harmon. A few of those quotes were great. I sincerelly
enjoyed this one!
I almost cried when I read it. Thanks to Jerry and Stockton.
"We're down 17 points, I'm not going to wave at anybody."Gosh, I
Yep there will never be another player like John Stockton. The game I remember
best is against the Bulls and Stockton went down the lane without the ball and
Dennis Rodman knew what he was going to do and purposefully put his leg out and
tripped Stockton. Stockton luckly did not get hurt but was fumming mad at Rodman
(Rightfully so). But at the end of the game Stockton was apologizing for his
conduct and for yelling at Rodman. Takes a special person to do that.