John Stockton ‘mad’ at NBA stars resting
Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton is yelling at the proverbial cloud.
The Utah Jazz great, who was in town on Wednesday for a 20th anniversary reunion with his former teammates on the 1996-97 Jazz, the winningest team in franchise history, said that he was “mad” at the recent trend of teams resting their stars, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Here in Utah, John Stockton "mad" at the resting of stars. Fans "pay to see their favorites." NBA has "a duty" to do good by paying public.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) March 23, 2017
It’s obvious where Stockton is coming from as he was an iron man of his era, a notoriously physical one for the NBA. Stockton played in the league for 19 seasons and appeared in all 82 games for 16 of those seasons, maintaining a strong level of play all the way up until he retired at the age of 41.
Stockton’s pick-and-roll partner recently came out with some similar comments blasting this day and age of stars sitting out games for rest, so his sentiment seems like part truth, part generational disconnect.
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