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Assisted: An Autobiography by John Stockton
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Assisted: An Autobiography

by John Stockton

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Disclaimer: I review books on how they stand alone without regards to anyone’s personal views about the author. I review based upon readability and how the book affects my life for good, and less upon literary style.

This is really an uplifting book. There were many parts that I appreciated very much.

John writes a lot about commitment to family (see p 42, 158, 161, 197, 249). Basically, he stresses the importance of family and that he would not let pre-game preparations get in the way of being a family man, the result of which enabled him to play with more focus and perspective. If it is important for a professional basketball player to keep family as the number 1 priority, then it is important for me to do also.

John writes about the importance of hard work and practice (see p 50, 89, 124, 131, 258, 282, 316). He always made it a point to practice hard, especially conditioning, and that made him be able to outlast his competitors, and was probably the very reason he was able to stay on with the Jazz in the first season without being cut. A good lesson for me to practice.

John writes about preparedness (see p 127). He was always paying close attention to what was going on in the game and was always ready at a moments notice to go in the game. It is a good lesson for me to be aware of what is going on around me and to be ready to act when called upon.

John writes about being thrifty (see p. 129). While other professional athletes spent too much and did strange things to avoid paying taxes, John was very thrifty, saving his money, and paying his taxes. The lesson for me is to do the same.

John writes about his stance on abortion (see p. 160). He writes about the sanctity of life and the rights of a baby to life.

John writes about respect (see p. 57, 78, 245, 249, 288). He was taught by his father to respect people and that really went did him well throughout his career. Instead of using agents, he negotiated his own deals and basically treated others the way he wanted to be treated. A very good lesson for getting along with others.

John writes about serving others (see p. 170, 265). He talks about the difficulty of serving others, but always feeling really good about doing it.

In all, I greatly admire John Stockton. He is a down-to-earth family man who loves his family and is a hard worker. ( )
  wadehuntpc | Apr 25, 2015 |
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I found myself reading and enjoying to get to know more about the player John Stockton. It also brought lots of memories to my mind.
Like the shot that sent them to the finals. Had to wear purple that week. How when I used to watch the Jazz games my little girl loved it when they announced Stockton to Malone.

This is a easy to follow book. I did not want to put it down. I liked how hard he worked and the values that John Stockton has. It shows some good insights in life lessons.

This is a book for sports fans, for inspiring people of all ages to go for your dreams with hard work. For the young and old. For men and woman to enjoy. I think a broad range of people will enjoy John's story.

As a fan of Jazz basketball thank you for your hard work. We are glad you played in Utah for so long. You represented the Jazz and USA Dream teams well.

I admit to stop watching the Jazz after you than Karl left. It was not as much fun without you.
I liked getting to know your family better and how important they are to you. Thanks for letting us see your journey and meeting your friends.

I liked the background of how much it meant to be on the Olympics team meant for you. I find it hard to believe that no one recognized you in Spain. Especially wearing a t-shirt with your picture on it.

It was fun to see the pictures. Hear the stories and see how technology is changing the game. Too see how much you love the game and how it was always watching and learning to be better.

I was given this ebook to read by NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing and asked in return to give honest review of it.

Pub Date Oct. 29, 2013 Shadow Mountain Publishing 400 pages ISBN:9781609075705 ( )
  rhonda1111 | Oct 29, 2013 |
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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 nineteen 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, retiring as the NBA's all-time leader. 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 influenced John along his path of extraordinary success. This book clearly illustrates the importance of his family, his faith, and his unparalleled competitive spirit.--From publisher description.… (more)

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