There's one in every crowd. Dennis, obviously none (or nearly none) of us
actually know Stockton, so we're all speaking to our impressions of him,
backed up by watching him play for 19 years. You really don't need that
dislaimer in front of every post, do you?Why do so many consider
Stock a great role model? Well, let's think about the characteristics we
can all agree he has displayed since he joined the Jazz:Strong work
ethic? Check. Loyalty? Check. Disinclination to self-promote? Check. Toughness
(playing through injuries, reputation with players, etc)? Check. Tendency to
perform his best under pressure? Check. Outward respect for teammates, opponents
and fans? Check. Lack of embarassing off-court shenanigans? Check. Lack of
"Hey, everybody! Look at how charitable I am!" community involvement?
Check. Devotion to family? Check.Enough for you? I'm sure there
are warts if we looked deep enough, but that's true of you and me as well.
If you want to opine that athletes shouldn't be idolized as much as they
are, I will agree, but there aren't many of them as worthy of admiration as
John Stockton is.
@DennisThe guy knows his priorities...and that was his
family...stockton is like my dad...always kept to himself...always work hard for
his family...and would rather spend time with us...than go to a company outing
or something...i am sure he contributed a lot during his career...and you should
know by now that John Stockton...didnt like the attention...that's why you
seldom see it on print...he never want it to be about him...so if he gives
something or did some charity work...that is much more personal...much more
sincere...than having it done with cameras...media...and have it printed on the
paper...that is why he was my hero growing up (aside from my dad)...never wanted
the attention...humble and was just an average guy in a world of millionaire
Dennis, he did much for our community and it was almost always under the radar.
I knew a woman (now deceased) that attended church with Mr. Stockton the whole
time he lived in Utah and she had a severely disabled grown son who he visited
regularly at nobody's urging. My friend told me that Mr. Stockton
performed many charitable acts- often through their church- that he would have
been embarrassed had they been made public. He also was a great example to the
children in our community on how to work to achieve goals and how to be a family
man and conduct yourself with class. I guarantee you he is not running short on
cash. you ever see him in Armani suits or driving a Ferrari? I hope Jerry Sloan
doesn't read your post- He'd likely track you down and set you
Cynic - a person who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Somebody here is sounding awfully judgmental in his assessment of the situation.
I'm pretty sure it is not a matter of a cash shortage that caused John to
write this - he made plenty of money and is notoriously frugal in his spending
habits. I never considered that trait of keeping to oneself a vice
or a weakness, given the number of prima donnas that make so much noise in the
world of sports. Stockton did make public appearances, just not as many as other
people, but that was tangential to his job of helping the Jazz win. And I do
have to wonder how some guy in Massachusetts can fault Stockton for spending his
money outside of Utah. So what!? He lives in Washington. What does he owe to the
economy of Utah?
"If he's a "Great Guy" I suspect you have a personal
relationship with him that the rest of us don't."He may
not, and I do not, but I do know somebody whose family has an in with Stockton.
He is a great guy, even if he keeps to himself.
He is still my favorite player. I haven't seen anything from him that
would convince me otherwise.
Seriously Kevo??What makes him such a great guy? He was an exceptional
basketball player but did very little in the community. Kept his nose clean,
but also kept to himself.Very few public appearances considering the
volume of them many of his team mates had.Never said much, seldom made any
appearances and spent his money outside of Utah.If he's a "Great
Guy" I suspect you have a personal relationship with him that the rest of us
don't.I'm guessing he's getting short on cash and working
the only crowd that will listen to him for support.I'm not be
difficult here, just calling a spade a spade.
Boy did they ever break the mold after he was born.True one of a kind. Even old
school of a phone and Twitter. That hit home to me. John I hope your ride into
the sunset takes many many years..
Hasn't changed, has he? What a great guy.