View Full Version : More Payton praise for J Stockton Bleach Report warning

09-03-2013, 05:15 PM
Pre-induction praise from Gary Payton about John Stockton by way of the Bleacher Report. (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1759768-gary-payton-says-john-stockton-was-tougher-to-guard-than-michael-jordan)

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John Stockton is because I liked him when I was playing basketball. Everyone said he was dirty. He wasn't as athletic as us. But he was smarter than us. We knew what he was going to do. We knew he was going to set [tough] picks. We had all the videos on Utah. We were so dumb. We would get caught up with the picks and get mad at him. He would shoot eight times and make nine. Shoot eight free throws and make seven. He'd have 15 assists and four steals. A complete game. That's just the way he was and I idolized him. I just imitated him while going about my business, talking trash and getting it done. After the game you would look at my stats and it would be right there.

Never. That is the reason I really respected him because you never could get in his head. He's the hardest person I ever had to guard. I tried to talk to him, try to do something and he'd just look at me, set a pick and cause me [to get mad and] get a tech. And then all of the sudden it was over. There was much respect to him doing that to me. It taught me a lot.


09-07-2013, 02:22 PM
Thanks. Very interesting !