Brad Rock: John Stockton finally dishes details

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    June 28, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    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.


  • J-TX Allen, TX
    June 28, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    #1 - Stockton to Malone.
    #2 - Magic to Worthy.
    #3 - West to Baylor.
    #4 - Cousy to Russell

    Any more? I'd like to see your top 10 best finishing combos.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    June 28, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    Best NBA player of all time? 1) Michael Jordan. 2) Magic Johnson 3) Bill Russell
    Biggest NBA EGO of all time? LeBron James 2) Michael Jordan 3) Wilt Chamberlain
    Best NBA true point guard of all time? 1) Chris Paul 2) John Stockton

    Top 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?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 27, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    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.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    June 26, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    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.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    June 26, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Stockton to Malone... magic, still.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 26, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    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...

  • IamEvilHomer torrance, CA
    June 26, 2013 6:29 p.m.

    John Stockton for President or Prophet. I am good with any of the choices

  • Open Mind Taylorsville, UT
    June 26, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    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 assists stats.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    June 26, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    My favorite player of alltime! Can`t wait to get a copy!There will never be another John Stockton!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    June 26, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    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.

  • CTguy30 Colchester, CT
    June 26, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    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.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    June 26, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    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!

  • KingTrent LAYTON, UT
    June 26, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    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.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    June 26, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    “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.

  • Spider Rico Greeley, CO
    June 26, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    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.

  • hjdiet Lehigh Valley, , PA
    June 26, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Can't wait to get this book... John was my favorite player... for his play and his humbleness..

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    June 26, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Last 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 untalented artist.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    June 26, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    June 26, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    How did he ever become great with no tattoos?

  • its2hotinaz Saint David, AZ
    June 26, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    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, just celebrities.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    June 26, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    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.

  • mattmo Gallatin, MO
    June 26, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    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.

  • sixpacktr Murfreesboro, TN
    June 26, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    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'.....

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    June 26, 2013 1:11 a.m.

    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!

  • SolarMan Albuquerque, NM
    June 25, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    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).

  • WYOREADER Gillette, WY
    June 25, 2013 10:08 p.m.

    Can't wait to read it!

  • teleste Austin, TX
    June 25, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    #12 Eternal

    -Most Steals
    -Most Assists

    Best PG in NBA history.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:26 p.m.

    John is one of the good men of the world.

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    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!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 25, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    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 Utah.