John Stockton's #12 hangs in the rafters over the Utah Jazz, yet he's always been a private man. Now scores of fans finally have a window into the man behind jersey, and they have it in his own words. In his autobiography, John invites readers to learn about his life from childhood to the NBA, his work ethic and his friendships with other NBA greats, and his personal beliefs and why family is paramount in his life.
|Publisher:||Shadow Mountain Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.34(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.26(d)|
|Age Range:||15 Years|
About the Author
An NBA Hall of Famer regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, John Stockton holds the NBA record for most career assists and steals by a wide margin. Fast, gritty, and a durable player who could read a basketball floor as well as anyone who ever played the game, during his nineteen-year career with the Utah Jazz he was a ten-time NBA All-Star, an NBA All-Star Game MVP, an a two-time "Dream Team" Olympic gold medalist during the '92 and '96 games and in the nearly two decades that Stockton wore #12, the Jazz never missed the playoff season. He and his wife live in Spokane, Washington.
Read an Excerpt
I was honored and beyond nervous as I stepped to the induction podium at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September of 2009. Any previous excitement had long since evaporated as the weight of the task at hand bore down heavily in the minutes leading to my acceptance speech. Seven months prior I was notified that I was a finalist for induction in February during the 2009 NBA All-Star weekend. It was the first time since my retirement that I had even thought about the honor. Selection for induction was nothing I had shopped for and wasn't a goal of mine, but I had heard the label "Future Hall of Famer" applied to me enough on the heels of our second Olympic gold in 1996 that I wasn't completely shocked to be under consideration.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Karl Malone Preface Acknowledgments Part I: Connections 1. Thoughts from behind a Podium 2. A Thousand Feet Deep 3. Family Part II: A Sentimental Journey 4. The "Little Vatican" 5. Patterns in the Park 6. The Life and Times of a Bullypup 7. A Walk Across Hamilton Part III: Perspectives of a Professional 8. Guardian Angels 9. A Foot in the Door 10. Wedding Days 11. Fatherhood 12. A Gilded Opportunity: Salt Lake City and the Utah Jazz 13. The Olympics, 1992: The Team of My Dreams 14. The Olympics, 1996: A Second Selection 15. Walking with an Unfamiliar Shadow 16. Championship Rings and Some Underappreciated Things 17. The Clock Strikes Twelve Part IV: Free Time to Water Green Shoots 18. The Great Cinnamon Caper Epilogue Notes Index
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- Fans of basketball and the Olympic Dream Team
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 STARS I found myself reading and enjoying to get to know more about the player John Stockton. It also brought lots of memories to my mind. Like the shot that sent them to the finals. Had to wear purple that week. How when I used to watch the Jazz games my little girl loved it when they announced Stockton to Malone. This is a easy to follow book. I did not want to put it down. I liked how hard he worked and the values that John Stockton has. It shows some good insights in life lessons. This is a book for sports fans, for inspiring people of all ages to go for your dreams with hard work. For the young and old. For men and woman to enjoy. I think a broad range of people will enjoy John's story. As a fan of Jazz basketball thank you for your hard work. We are glad you played in Utah for so long. You represented the Jazz and USA Dream teams well. I admit to stop watching the Jazz after you than Karl left. It was not as much fun without you. I liked getting to know your family better and how important they are to you. Thanks for letting us see your journey and meeting your friends. I liked the background of how much it meant to be on the Olympics team meant for you. I find it hard to believe that no one recognized you in Spain. Especially wearing a t-shirt with your picture on it. It was fun to see the pictures. Hear the stories and see how technology is changing the game. Too see how much you love the game and how it was always watching and learning to be better. I was given this ebook to read by NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing and asked in return to give honest review of it. Pub Date Oct. 29, 2013 Shadow Mountain Publishing 400 pages ISBN:9781609075705
I hail from Spokane as does John Stockton, so I may have enjoyed the book more than some. Being a mom of two sons who were much into sports growing up, I bought this for my 38 yr old son for his b-day. I must admit I read it before giving it to him ! My daughter in law graduated from Gonzaga Univ, as did Stockton, so I believe they will both enjoy this read. Stockton is a good read as he writes very well and personably. He's a family man and you get a nice read of his upbringing in north Spokane WA. If you're into family and basketball you'll enjoy. I do recommend.
Awesome book for any Jazz fan!
Humorous, entertaining and candid. Loved it. Quick read!