Posts Tagged ‘John Stockton’

Stance introduces new NBA cartoon socks

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Stance has revolutionized the NBA sock game over the last few years, and they are continuing to introduce new options to keep fan’s feet fresh. The latest move? NBA Cartoon socks. Via Stance…

Three years after debuting its initial NBA Legends collection, and less than a year after unveiling its inaugural NBA Future Legends collection, Stance is excited to announce its new pack of NBA Legends and Future Legends in a Cartoon style.

The Cartoon styles are designed to fit the aesthetic of both hardcore NBA fans and sock enthusiasts. More than that, from a performance perspective, they are engineered to be both durable and comfortable.

The six pairs, and seven players, vary widely in terms of when they played in the NBA and who they played for. There are four current players, aka Future Legends, featured in the collection: Anthony Davis, of the New Orleans Pelicans; James Harden, of the Houston Rockets; LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors.

There is also a style that pays homage to Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, of the Chicago Bulls, and a style that co-stars the iconic Utah Jazz duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone.

Stance’s NBA Cartoon Legend and Current Players collection is now available at Stance.com. It will be also be available at Fanatics, Fanzz, Dicks Sporting Goods, Foot Locker, NBA Store, Lids and other key global retailers.

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Jerry Sloan does some voiceover work

By Jeff Case

Back in 1979, the New Orleans Jazz moved to Salt Lake City and became the Utah Jazz. From that point until the end of the 1990-91 season, the Jazz played all of their home games at the old Salt Palace. In 1991, the (then-) Delta Center opened and has been the home of the Jazz ever since, but it was renamed EnergySolutions Arena on Nov. 20, 2006. Just yesterday, it got a new sponsor.

The Jazz now play at Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is what it will be called for the next 10 years. No matter the arena’s name, though, the Jazz are synonymous with certain players (like Karl Malone and John Stockton) and a legendary coach (Jerry Sloan) no matter who roams the court or sidelines.

With that history in mind, the Jazz tabbed Sloan to voiceover and walk through Vivint Smart Home Arena in a video called “This Arena”. It’s pretty cool if you’re a Jazz fan.


VIDEO: Jerry Sloan tells tale of ‘This Arena’

 

Throwback Thursday: John Stockton


VIDEO: Great plays marked John Stockton’s storied career

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: John Stockton

When the 1984 Draft was held, the big names from the college ranks were well known by most: Michael Jordan, Sam Bowie, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Willis, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley, just to name a few. Those players were all off the board by the time the Utah Jazz made their first-round pick at No. 16, when they chose Gonzaga point guard John Stockton.

Few would have guessed it at the time, but the Jazz were picking a player who would go on become the NBA’s all-time leader in two major statistical categories: assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). In his 19 seasons with Utah, Stockton led the NBA in assists nine consecutive seasons, was a 10-time All-Star, a two-time gold medal-winner with Team USA, one of the 50 Greatest Players of All-Time and played in the playoffs every season of his career (as well as in two NBA Finals).

In honor of Stockton turning 53 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best playmaking point guards in NBA history:


Gallery: John Stockton’s career

What are your favorite Stockton memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues


VIDEO: The Starters: Dominique Wilkins Statue

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: NBA Statues

The Atlanta Hawks will immortalize legendary forward Dominique Wilkins with a statue unveiling at Phillips Arena on Saturday. Wilkins was a 9-time All-Star and averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals during his 12 seasons with the Hawks.

As Atlanta prepares to set Wilkins’ history in stone, this Throwback Thursday, we look back at other NBA legends who have been immortalized through statue.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues

Which NBA statue do you like best? Leave your comments below!

Meet Don Stockton (and the State Farm assist team)

By Jeff Case

Chris Paul and his alter ego, Cliff Paul, the State Farm Insurance agent, just got a bunch of backup.

In a must-see commercial that  first aired during the Wizards-Knicks game on ESPN, the Pauls join the National Bureau of Assists, a team made up of the alter egos of Stephen Curry (Sebastian Curry), Sue Bird (Summer Bird), Damian Lillard (Darius Lillard) and the scene-stealer of the commercial, John Stockton (Don Stockton).

And here’s a bonus Don Stockton scene:

(H/T FTW)

Throwback Thursday: Jerry Sloan


VIDEO: Jerry Sloan wins his 1,000th game with the Jazz

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: Jerry Sloan

Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan forged a legendary career after a standout career as a member of the Chicago Bulls in the 1960s and ’70s. Although Sloan briefly coached the Bulls from 1979-82, Sloan forged his reputation as the Utah Jazz’s coach from 1988-2011. In that time, he led Utah to two NBA Finals, multiple division championships and several lengthy playoff runs in the 1990s behind the Hall of Fame duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone.

On this date in 2008, Sloan became the first coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins with the same club as the Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-97. In honor of his accomplishment six years ago, we look back on Sloan’s career:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Jerry Sloan

What’s your favorite Jerry Sloan moment? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

Throwback Thursday: All-time assists leaders


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: Magic Johnson

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Assists Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 All-Time Assist Leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: All-Time Assists Leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-Time Steals Leaders

Which of these players would you want passing you the rock? Leave your comments below!

Chris Douglas-Roberts is bringing short shorts back

John Stockton drives past Allen Iverson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJohn Stockton is one of the greatest point guards of all time, but one thing he is perhaps best known for is his fashion sense. While everyone around during the ’90s wore shorts that were longer and baggier than ever, Stockton seemed to go the other direction, wearing shorts that were, well, pretty short.

I asked Stockton about this last year…

ME: When you retired you said something about making sure your shorts were hemmed up high throughout your career. Were the short shorts a deliberate choice?

STOCKTON: My second-to-last year, I think — my seventeenth year — the equipment manager came up to me and said, “Would like to lengthen your shorts?” I really didn’t know that it was an option. I’d never asked, and they’d never asked me. So we just kind of kept plugging on. Everybody kept talking about my shorts and I thought, “Well, I didn’t change anything…”

ME: You didn’t maybe notice around you that the shorts were getting bigger and longer?

STOCKTON: Yeah, but I was comfortable with it. I also saw other guys with 34-inch waists get 40-inch shorts and then just cinch them, and that…that didn’t make any sense to me.

We bring all this up today because everything old eventually becomes new again. The Clippers recently signed free agent small forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, and as Roberts announced on Twitter, he has some plans to pay homage to a bygone era…

If nothing else, should make for an interesting #NBAStyle segment.

(via B/R)

Throwback Thursday: All-time steals leaders


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: John Stockton

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Steals Leaders

Throwback Thursday begins a new series today as we shift our focus to All-Time Statistical leaders. We will look back at the best players in NBA history at each of the major statistical categories.

This week we countdown the Top 10 all-time steals leaders.

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Gallery: TBT: All-Time Steals Leaders

If you had to count on one player to get you a clutch steal, who out of these ten players would you pick? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 1984 NBA Draft


VIDEO: The84Draft: Jordan vs. Bowie

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: 1984 NBA Draft

The much talked about 1984 NBA Draft occurred on June 19, 1984. Five players from this Draft were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and countless other players were key contributors in the NBA. This is, without a doubt, the best Draft class in the history of the league and deserves to be celebrated.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players selected 30 years ago today.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: 1984 NBA Draft

Who’s your favorite player from this draft class? Leave your comments below!