Disrespecting John Stockton?


         A lot of people in Jazzdom were upset at former guard Mark Jackson’s comments on John Stockton, this week.

         The Warriors’ coach told reporters that he had the best-shooting guard tandem in NBA history. Then he started naming combinations until he got to Stockton and Hornacek. Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 9.56.52 AM

         “Hornacek — great shooter. John Stockton — good to very good shooter. Not a great shooter,” Jackson said. “Don’t get me wrong. He was an all-time great player. But John Stockton would not be considered a great shooter.”

         Though the numbers don’t bear that out – Stockton’s all-time field goal percentage was 51.5 percent (34.8 from 3-point range) – I have to say that I didn’t think Jackson was an ingrate for saying it.

         I have heard from Jazz sources over the years that said Jackson and Stockton had some issues. So the coach’s comments might not be so objective. Still, I didn’t think it was terribly mean to rate Jeff Hornacek over Stockton.

         Maybe it was Stockton’s off-the-shoulder delivery, or the fact that he missed the final shot of the 1998 NBA Finals. But I’ve always felt a bit like Jackson – that Stockton was a phenomenal player, but not necessarily a shooter’s shooter.

         No disrespect on my part, either.

         Hornacek was a shooter’s shooter.

         If the clock was running down and the ball in Stockton’s hands, I knew something good would usually happen. But if time were expiring and putting up a perimeter shot the only option, I maybe would have wanted Hornacek to take the shot.

         Yes, I was there when Stockton sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals.  The man was a big play guy. Both guards were fine shooters. I just don’t think Jackson is the Vlad the Impaler for suggesting that he’d take Horacek’s shooting over Stockton’s.

         People are taking a lot of offense over a simple observation.

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