Yes, all you LeBron lovers and bandwagon jumper-oners, you have no historical
perspective and little knowledge of the game. Top 50 all time? Yes, I'll
give you that. But best ever? Only if you ask him....Jordan
changed the game. Magic changed the game. Russell changed the game. All of
these gave a new dimension to the game that everyone else for decades has tries
to emulate. LeBron is just another beneficiary of the
groundbreaking these men did. His talent is undeniable, but not to be mentioned
in the same breath with McHale, Abdul-Jabbar, Bird, Irving, Nash, heck, even
that punk Iverson was better than LeBron. Olajuwan, Barkley or Malone would
have chewed him up and spit him out. Shaq would have pummelled him.Puh-lease!
#1 - Stockton to Malone.#2 - Magic to Worthy.#3 - West to Baylor.#4 - Cousy to RussellAny more? I'd like to see your top 10
best finishing combos.
Best NBA player of all time? 1) Michael Jordan. 2) Magic Johnson 3) Bill
RussellBiggest NBA EGO of all time? LeBron James 2) Michael Jordan 3) Wilt
ChamberlainBest NBA true point guard of all time? 1) Chris Paul 2) John
StocktonTop 10 best role models from NBA history? Stockton is in
there.Top 10 surprisingly best looking guys off the court, considering the
mess they looked on the court? Stockton is in there (along with Ray Allen).Least likely to blow you off if you spoke to him? Stockton is in there.I was blessed to be managing Pazzo Restaurant, attached to the Hotel
Vintage Plaza in Portland, OR, when the original Dream Team stayed there for 3
weeks during the regional tournament prior to the Olympics. So I met all the
big names. While Jordan and Pippen regularly booked the
glass-enclosed wine room for large dinner parties to eat, drink, smoke cigars,
and congratulate themselves on being Masters Of The Universe, Magic, Bird,
Patrick, Clyde and John kept a low profile. Brought up to be humble. Let their
on-court game do the talking, then went back to their families.Guess
which group I respect?
I run into John quite often; as our kids play AAU against each other. He coaches
his kids, and is very involved with Gonzaga Prep. It's pretty cool to see
him out in public, no attitude, just another parent. I've never ever seen
anyone ask him for an autograph. I think his stand on that is a bit much, but I
some what understand. All things considered, great basketball player and all
around good guy.
always loved the Stockton-Malone combination. Have always respected John. He
always seemed humble and down to earth. Since he had Spokane roots like my
husband does have always tried to keep up with what has been going on with him.
Am looking forward to it coming out in print.
Stockton to Malone... magic, still.
the only guy that commands respect when steps on the floor...Payton even
mentioned that when stockton took the floor...he kept his mouth shut...
John Stockton for President or Prophet. I am good with any of the choices
Magic was a great, great player, but John Stockton is a better PG. Better
passer, better w/pick & roll, best at steals and humble as can be.
Wasn't given an athletic body, but it didn't matter. John WORKED for
his success and that was his best quality. Nobody will ever beat his steals and
My favorite player of alltime! Can`t wait to get a copy!There will never be
another John Stockton!
I agree with those who think Lebron James is likely the best ever to play the
game. But the comments on this blog go far beyond the talent of a player.
There are many great players in the NBA, but role models are very few an far
between. Coach Sloan was among the very best coaches ever to step onto the
floor, but another huge reason I quit watching the NBA is because the great
Coach Sloan has the biggest pottie mouth on God's planet, and I want my
grandchildren to know that educated people who qualify as role models
don't need to talk like they only know four-letter words to speak
effectively.John Stockton is a great person and role model. He may
have slipped bad words in once in awhile in the heat of battle, but Sloan was
nothing I would ever want to watch coaching - just because of his foul mouth.
What a waste of potential.
I think ALL of professional sports misses John Stockton...a true athlete who
loved to play...who didn't play for all the hype. I wish I could watch an
NBA game today and see a play like him...but 30seconds into a game today...I
lose interest. Just not fun anymore.
I wouldn't say that Stockton was ever my favorite player, but I did like
the way he played, and I would absolutely say there is NOBODY in NBA history
that I respect more as a person! He is a year or two older then me, and
I've met him and some of his kids. I happen to know some of his extended
family quite well. I've watched his career since his early days at Gonzaga
(University), and always cheered for his success. Seems to have always been a
humble, competitive, get it done, no show-boat kind of guy. Love to see the
influence he has had on the Spokane Community as well as SLC Community. Best
wishes to him and his family, in the future!RE: King Trent I Don't know what NBA your watching, but the league has always had
players capable of doing the things you describe about LJ. He is without a doubt
one of the best, but few players today, play with as much class, as the players
from 15-20 years ago. I'll agree, today is slightly better then 8 years
ago, but that isn't saying much!
don't know what NBA you guys are watching or if this is just old men
complaining that nothing is as great as the good ol' days, but the NBA is
nothing like what your describing. LeBron James is not only the greatest player
in the game, but one of the greatest facilitators as well. If you watched them
play or San Antonio play in the semifinals you saw them play against two teams
without ball hogging stars in Memphis and Indiana, and Indy gave Miami all they
could handle. I will concede that the early 2000's had a lack of real
talent and played a selfish game, but the league has returned to a team oriented
small ball game that is exciting to watch.
“Best PG in NBA history”Lot of factors go into a claim
like this and I agree Stockton was awesome, but if I had to select a point guard
for a team without knowing anything about the other players (were there other
great offensive players, etc.), I would be hard pressed not to pick Magic.
I don't cry often, but when I went to the John Stockton retirement event at
the Delta Center I wept like a babe. He was my sports hero growing up and is
missed. He played the game hard, he played the game correctly. He deserved to
win championships but had to play against Jordan and Buvetta. Best PG of all
time? Yes, you will never convince me otherwise.
Can't wait to get this book... John was my favorite player... for his play
and his humbleness..
ProdicusLast time I checked, the San Antonio Spurs only play against other
NBA teams. So you cannot watch them without seeing the other teams. And I am
just so sick of the tattoos. I just cannot stand the NBA any longer, period.
College is becoming more difficult, but there are still a good percentage of
college players who don't look and act like their body is the canvas of an
To those of you who say that the NBA has been nothing but ball hogs and thugs
and no heroes since Stockton retired: you must not have been watching the San
Antonio Spurs. They've been a class act for many years.
How did he ever become great with no tattoos?
John was the epitome of a team player. That is lost in today's NBA.What a class act! NBA isn't the same anymore. No more real heroes,
I will always consider John Stockton to be the greatest point guard and among
the very best men in sports. Thanks, John, for giving us a great role model. I
watched NBA since I was a kid, and the day John hung up his sneakers, I quit
watching. The good men were virtually gone. It seemed that the league became
filled with Charles Barkleys who were dishonest, unfaithful, immoral,
tattoo-covered, drunkard druggies who cannot handle money or fame. John, you
will always be a hero! Thanks for the memories.
What a great example for what a man should be. Someone that your son or daughter
could look up to as how to act on and off the basketball court. John Stockton is
the best all round NBA player ever. Thank you John for being who you are on and
off the court.
I was an NBA fan for only about 15 years. I started listening to the Jazz while
at BYU in the mid 80s (Hot Rod Hundley was absolutely the best play by play man
ever) and continued to root for them after I left. I loved watching Stockton
play, one of the smartest men ever with a ball that could consistently find the
open man. When Stockton retired and Malone went to the Lakers, I
stopped watching. The era of the Ainge/Bird Celtics and the Stockton/Malone Jazz
was more or less over, and the game devolved into thug ball with too many ball
hogs and self centered prima donnas. I miss John and company, and
will always have fond memories to 'Stockton to Malone'.....
Article quote: "He also includes observations on parenting, including candid
thoughts on abortion. A father of six children, his belief is that at
conception, the child has rights, same as the parents. “We discussed that
one a lot, got it pared down a lot,” he said on Tuesday. “It’s
such a touchy subject. But after I had written it — and I don’t want
to offend anyone — but it’s not a subject with a lot of gray
areas.”Man!, I respect this guy more and more every day!They really broke the mold when they created John Stockton!
Classy guy. I loved watching John. Unfortunately, there are very few NBA
players like him, so I no longer watch the NBA (it also doesn't help that I
moved to NM).
Can't wait to read it!
#12 Eternal-Most Steals-Most AssistsBest PG in NBA
John is one of the good men of the world.
What can you say about John Stockton? I don't think the league will ever
again see anyone like him, and that is a shame. Thanks John!
You're a good man, John Stockton, and we miss you.Best wishes to you
and your family, and thanks again for all you have done for your friends in