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John Stockton: Better family man or basketball player?

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A question for the ages is, is John Stockton a better basketball player or dad and grandpa? To say that he is an all-star in both areas would be an understatement.

Stockton is arguably the best point guard to ever play basketball. He still holds the NBA record for assists and steals. Not only does he have the record, but no one is even close to them. He was also a 10 time all-star and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Stockton was a member of the best team ever, the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team.” Stockton and teammate Karl Malone are one of the best duos ever, taking the Utah Jazz to two consecutive final appearances.

Although he has accomplished more as a basketball player than almost anyone, he is still a better dad and grandpa than basketball player. He married Nada Stepovich in 1986 and they started their family in Salt Lake. Stockton makes his best effort to be at his kids games. I remember going to watch a family friend play at Westminster and John would regularly be there watching his son Michael.

With the Jazz signing son David Stockton to a 10 day contract last Friday, March 16, John was unable to make the Jazz game Saturday because his daughter, Laura, was playing for Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. However, Tuesday night rolled around and the Utah Jazz were taking on the Atlanta Hawks. Sure enough there was John and his family there to support David. During halftime, John took his grandson out to get some ice cream and enjoyed some time just the two of them. Also there to support David was Karl Malone.

As he held his little grandson supporting his son, with the rest of his family there, it was very apparent that John was a better family man than he was a basketball player.

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