John Stockton used physical to show Jazz that he was coachable

This is the second of three excerpts from 'Assisted: An Autobiography'

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  • tizer Helena, MT
    Nov. 14, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    John Stockton set the standard for team leadership that few NBA players will reach!

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    John Stockton.

    Toughest. NBA. Guard. Ever.

    And classy, to boot.

    'Nuf said....

    God bless you, John, God bless you.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Nov. 13, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    The day Stockton retired i was at school...when i heard the news...i classmates didnt know why...the guy was my hero (aside from my dad)...he taught me a lot of lessons while watching him play...taught me to be things the right way...hard work...dedication and loyalty...even though many have underrated him...he always gets the job done...since i was a kid i have always thought that John Stockton would always play and kid around saying that he'd still play until his 60s...but i guess all great things come to an end....

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Nov. 13, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    The Stockton will forever be remembered for his short 1980s shorts--which became iconic.

    How could you not love stockton? He was amazing, humble, and always quietly played above what should have been his ability. He had amazing hands and made difficult things look easy.

    There is only one guy today that is as classy as Stockton--Jimmer Fredette. Unfortunately, Jimmer hasn't reached the same type of success on the court yet. (Don't flame me, I'm not trying to start the debate as to why this is. Just focus on the classy part.)

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    This article makes a very good point about a particular sports characteristic... that of being coachable. Developing that trait is almost a necessity for a long career in the NBA.

    Players who aren't very coachable are letting personal pride get in their way of fulfilling their greatest potential and are almost guarranteeing themselves of a shorter career.

    Being so coachable (and not filled with ego pride) is one of the reasons Stockton was and is so loved in Utah.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Nov. 13, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    I miss John Stockton. He's still as big a class act today, as he was when he played for the Jazz.

    If he ever wants a full time coaching job, he would be welcomed back with open arms.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    @BYU Joe: Another thing Stockton would do always is when he was praised he would always turn the table and talk about a fantastic game one of the other players had. Good luck in trying to find that today..

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Players nowdays will be hard to replace Stockton. Used to be a Laker fan after Utah Stars folded. Jerry West was my favorite player,Then Pistol pete,(before the move to Utah, and after) Then Stockton.Along with Stocktons records I don't ever think he will be replaced as my all time favorite. By the way I despize the Fakers now..

    Nov. 13, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Although I saw him in many games at both the Delta Center and the Salt Palace one game sticks out in my mind. It was in the old Salt Palace and the Jazz had lost to Chicago. After the game I watched a young John Stockton along with a Young Karl Malone stay behind to sign autographs - he was friendly and more than willing.

    I think it was a Jazz promotion or something but I remember thinking here is this guy who is my age and he is not like the others. He was real. The way I expected an athlete to be. An inspiration who made you feel like everything was possible.

    He was once asked about hitting a game winning shot at the buzzer - his response was classic and telling - he said that if he had not missed a couple of easy shots in the first quarter that last one would not have been necessary, He taught me that its not the buzzer shot that wins - but all the shots from the beginning to the end.

    Thanks John for being a real man.

  • sleighter Miles City, MT
    Nov. 13, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    Just one problem -- 1% body fat is impossible and would result in death. 3% is possible, but extremely unlikely. 3-4% is usually only attained by bodybuilders for a very short period for competition and is not sustainable for any lengthy period of time, particularly for someone engaged in a contact sport. It would just be dangerous. So the stats can't be correct. Stockton is awesome anyway, though.

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    Nov. 13, 2013 12:34 a.m.

    Nice excerpt. How we miss him, now. *sniff*, *sniff*. Plug him in(at his peak) for this season and I am sure, the record would have been at the least 4-4 now, in spite of the poor coaching, rest of the team being same. With sloan it can easily be 6-2. Just a little bit of leadership, hustle and fire on the court.