01 May 2011
As a Utah Jazz fan this part of year is usually filled with playoff games and the opportunity to cheer for our team. With the Jazz out of the playoffs, it gives some of us time to prepare for the draft, a little time for baseball, the chance to watch the playoffs from the outside, and a time to reflect. While looking for some information on the month of May and Utah Jazz, I ran across the retirement day of John Stockton, which was May, 1 2003. Here is a look back at some of his career highlights.
I'm not trying to prove he was the best point guard ever, which he is, but just wanted to put some stuff together to remind everyone of his greatness.
Here is his last post game interview via JazzFanatical @Monilogue.
A few things that need to be pointed out about this video.
First, how far Sacramento has fallen since their run from 99-03 to the point of losing the Franchise.
Second, the thought that Malone and Sloan were thinking or hinted about leaving at that point. We obviously now know what happened.
Third, Dick Norse still working for KSL covering the top stories.
Here is a postgame from the other end of Stockton's career via MemoisMoney
Notice Jim Nantz before he hit it big and how sober Hot Rod is.
Here are some of his career statistical Highlights from the HOF Induction presser.
Only nine times in NBA history has a player had more than 1000 assists. Stockton did it 7 of the 9 times.
Here is the statue ceremony NBA.com Vault
Over a 19 year career Stockton only missed 22 games playing in 1504 of the possible 1526 (99 strike season was only 50 games long). He also played in all 182 playoff games. Stockton is fourth in all time career minutes played including playoffs with 54,162. If you do the math on that, Stockton averaged an assist every 3.42 minutes played. That might not sound like a lot but the next closest person (Kidd) averages an assist ever 4.02 minutes which is very substantial over the course of 48 minutes.
One last stat from Basketball Reference. Most 15+ assist games.
Top Ten Stockton to Malone Highlights. NBA.COM (Video)
What is/was your favorite John Stockton memory.