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A fast, gritty, durable player who could read a basketball floor as well as anyone who ever played the game, John Stockton left the NBA after 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, holding a massive assist record, including the career mark (15,806). He also twice led the league in steals - with a career total of 3,265 - and retired as the NBA's all-time leader. And during Stockton's career, the Jazz never missed the playoffs.

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

John's autobiography, Assisted, pulls back the curtain on his very personal life to show fans a thoughtful recounting of the people, places, and events that have connected with John along his path of extraordinary success. This book clearly illustrates the importance of his family, his faith, and his unparalleled competitive spirit.

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Critic Reviews

"An unlikely icon whose small-town values led him to take on NBA stardom on his terms." (John Blanchette, columnist, The Spokesman-Review)
"The intensely private basketball star gives readers a truly unique look at his career and his relationships with those who helped him along the way." (Steve Luhm, columnist, Salt Lake Tribune)
"If you thought you knew the Hall of Fame basketball player, the answer is yes and no." (Brad Rock, columnist, Deseret News)

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Inspiring story from an authentic person.

Living in Utah during the JAZZ glory days, I always thought John was a private person. This really puts into perspective his true character and that of his family. They are truly a great American success story, not because of basketball, but because of the integrity, grit, compassion and family values they lived!

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Wasnt really What I expected

This was an okay book. I was really wanting to get more basketball from it but it doesnt really go into much of that. Instead he talks a lot about the people in his life that have "assisted" him and how that has helped him in his life.

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Very good memoir by an all-time great player

In most sports memoirs, the author/athlete spends much of the book talking about his or her sports career – whether it is about how their love of the sport came during their youth, their college or professional career and the camaraderie with teammates or competitors and their lives after their career ends – most follow this tried-and-true format. "Assisted", the memoir of John Stockton who is the all-time leader for assists and steals, is a little different in that more of the book talks more about his family life in youth and adulthood than it does about his basketball career.
That career, in which he played at Gonzaga followed by 20 years in the NBA, all for the Utah Jazz, was one of the most successful in the game's history. While he and the Jazz never won a championship, he and Karl Malone made up one of the more famous teammate duos and took the Jazz, who had only one winning season before Stockton joined them, to become one of the more successful franchises in the sport. But despite all of this, Stockton doesn't write extensively about his basketball prowess or accomplishments with the Jazz. Instead, when talking basketball, he concentrates more on teammates, coaches, trainers and other important people involved in the game. These make even better stories than his own, especially those of his first coach with the Jazz, Frank Layden, who is quoted liberally throughout the book. He also speaks fondly of his participation on the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic basketball teams, the first two Olympic teams composed primarily of NBA players
However, Stockton spends much time in the book talking about non-basketball items, mostly his family life. This includes both his youth and his family consisting of his wife Nada and their six children. Of course, he mentions how sports are important in those lives, especially in his youth and his competition with his brother. He talks about his Catholic faith and some topics that could generate some debate as well, such as his pro-life beliefs. This is not to say that he delves deeply into a political debate or into a controversial stance. He does state, however, how he will speak his mind and will be honest about topics like this, no matter how popular or unpopular his beliefs may be. Something else that ties into these types of topics is his discussion of life as a Catholic in a city that has a majority of its population as Mormon – and he spends time dispelling some myths about Salt Lake City.
Listening to the audio version, especially as it was narrated by Stockton, lent an air of authenticity to the book. This was especially beneficial for this last paragraph as the voice inflections helped to show that he was firm in his beliefs. Although the best parts of the narration, at least for entertainment, were when he would quote Coach Layden with a deep gravelly voice. This book is one that any fan of Stockton or the Jazz will enjoy.

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everyone should read this book!

loved the book. John Stockton is one of the classiest players in NBA history and anyone would love this book.

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Great Frank Layden impression

The best part was John’s impersonation of Frank Layden. Great to hear John himself read the book.

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Finally the story behind the man that we all loved to watch as he played the game he loved.

What a unique experience to hear John Stockton’s own story in his own voice. He gives great background into every story that he tells including his history and where his family came from. You can feel what things are most important to this man of great talent and admirable qualities.

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My basketball hero turned life hero!

I started playing basketball as a toddler, maybe even baby. It was among the first sports I watched and I grateful enjoyed watching Stockton and Malone with my dad or friends. He wasn’t just great on the court, I knew that or at least felt that. I loved listening to this book as it explains a bit on why and how John Stockton became who he is, and a gave me insights as why I have been a fan of his. It brought back memories of why he signed a jersey or saw him hit “The shot” and shed some light on lessons or stories my dad shared with me too. Thanks John, Kerry, and Amazon for sharing this!

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Stockton writes good poems

this book is far from a tell-all it's basically the things that Stockton believes coming through

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Eye Opening.

A Brilliant look into the mind of one the greatest point guards of all time. John's perspectives on life, career and faith are truly inspiring. As a life long John Stockton fan it was treat to be able to be in his head as looks back on his career.

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Good book. Die hard jazz fan so I wanted more Utah jazz stories. But good book John.