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October 28, 2013 15:23 ET

John Stockton Gives Fans an "Assist"

Autobiography Assisted Offers Insight Into a Hall of Fame Life

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - October 28, 2013) - Utah Jazz legend John Stockton's autobiography will hit bookshelves this week.

"With the sixteenth pick of the first round, the Utah Jazz select…John Stockton."

In 1984, a relatively unknown point guard at 6 feet 1 inch and 175 pounds from Gonzaga University was drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) by the Utah Jazz. During his nineteen year career with the Jazz, John Stockton amassed accomplishments unparalleled in the history of the game and still holds the NBA assists record with 15,806 and career steals with a total of 3,265. Ten years after his retirement, the NBA Hall of Famer shares his story.

Assisted (Shadow Mountain, hardcover, $25.99) offers insights into the life that Stockton held in the highest regard all those years as an elite point guard in the NBA. Stockton shares what life was like growing up in Spokane, his time at Gonzaga, his NBA draft experience and being drafted by the Utah Jazz, his reactions and experience playing for the 1992 Olympic Dream Team, why he chose Isaiah Thomas to induct him into the Hall-of-Fame, and his relationship with fellow Utah Jazz Hall-of-Famers Karl Malone and former Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan. Readers will also discover his attitude toward his fame, and his desire to maintain a "normal" life.

No John Stockton book would be complete without his favorite target on the court, Karl Malone, who provides a (Power) Foreword as he reveals more about what made them so successful.

"Inside the lines many people thought he and I worked constantly on the pick and roll and outlet passes," said Malone. "It just didn't happen that way. We clicked. We came to believe and trust in each other at a level I never approached with any other teammate….Our main concern was always: how can we make it easier for our teammates?"

"Nobody thought that he was going to be this good. Nobody," said former Utah Jazz Coach Frank Layden of Stockton. "But the thing was, nobody measured his heart."

Just like he was on the court, Stockton has stayed true to his character, inspiring others as he now provides an assist to basketball fans everywhere by sharing his story from the humble beginnings of a "skinny kid" with "big feet" to one of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen.

Assisted is available at bookstores nationwide and online at

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