Posts tagged: John Stockton
The John Stockton statue titled Theading the Needle” by artist Brian Challis was installed in 2005 outside the Energy Salutions Arena in Salt Lake City and visited by his son, David, before practice on Wednesday afternoon. (SR photo: John Pelle)
SALT LAKE CITY – He shot baskets with his brothers on the court here at EnergySolutions Arena while their dad iced his knees and custodians cleared the detritus of another Utah Jazz game. Maybe it was the trainer treating them to a Gatorade, or comparing shoe sizes with 7-foot giants, but for David Stockton there is a memory attached to everything in this building. That banner, this seat, that echo, this Coke machine. Coke machine? “I bet we walk right by it on our way into the building,” he said. Before they do, Stockton and his Gonzaga Bulldogs teammates will walk into the NCAA tournament past the statue of his father, John, in the plaza at the arena’s southeast corner, commemorating a Hall of Fame career with the Jazz. But this is David Stockton’s Hall of Fame story/John Blanchette, SR. More here.
Question: Who is your favorite Gonzaga role player?
Always nice to have an NBA All Star on your bench. Gonzaga Prep girls varsity basketball coach Mark Arte kneels on the floor as Assistant Coach John Stockton watches, seated, behind him during a game against Shadle Tuesday. Stockton's daughters are members of the team. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)
Question: Did you ever coach when of your kid(s) teams? Did a parent of yours ever coach one of your sports teams?
Howie Stalwick, long-time buddy and former SR colleague, has compiled a list of the 50 best athletes of all time from the Inland Northwest. First 5: Ryne Sandberg, John Stockton, Gerry Lindgren, Drew Bledsoe, & Mark Rypien. You can see the entire list and read Howie's story in the Inlander here. (Inlander illustration)
Question: Can you think of anyone who should have been rated among Howie's Top 5 INW athletes?
So here was the toss-up, silly as it seems now: Could David Stockton crack the lineup at, oh, Whitworth? This was the pants-seat deliberation three months ago – not even a debate, really, but just a couple of guys in the bleachers, considering the state of Gonzaga basketball even before the seeming crisis point of mid-January. Already the assembled personnel was struggling to cope with the demands of the Zags’ usual outsized ambitions. Sent into the occasional breach against the Kansas States and Baylors – with only flickering success – was this freshman weighing all of a buck-fifty, still looking more like eighth-grade class president than college point guard, a nonscholarship audition from the high school up the street. He didn’t seem like a sure thing even at an upper-echelon small college. Was he really going to help the Zags get to where they needed to go this year?/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (SR file photo: Stockton drives against USF)
Question: Do you think David Stockton could crack the Whitworth starting five?
David Stockton is reminded of his famous bloodlines in every opposing gym he visits, but one taunt from a game back in December stands out. “The best sign was at Washington State,” he recalled. “It said 'Stockton's Money = Stockton's Minutes.' That was my favorite one.” It's hard to ignore the fact that the Gonzaga redshirt freshman reserve is the son of NBA Hall of Famer and all-time assists leader John Stockton. For 19 professional seasons, he was the epitome of consistency and savvy on the floor for the Utah Jazz. But to think that David arrived at this point on name alone is flat-out irresponsible/Ryan Greene, Rivals.com (via Yahoo Sports). More here. (SR file photo/Jesse Tinsley, of game b/n Gonzaga & San Francisco Feb. 19)
Question: Are you looking forward to watching David Stockton lead Gonzaga over the next 3 years as much as I am?