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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  760 ratings  ·  174 reviews
John Stockton'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.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Shadow Mountain (first published October 15th 2013)
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Zac
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BR#2

Assisted is an amazing story about John Stockton who is one of the all-time greatest players in NBA history. It is by John Stockton and Kerry L. Pickett. The characters in the book help shape John into a basketball player. Some of these characters are Jack and Clemy Stockton, Kerry L. Pickett, Coach Dan Fitzgerald, Coach Frank Layden, Larry Miller, and Karl Malone. At one point in the book John Stockton had this to say about Coach Pickett, “No matter how high coach set our goals, we had lear
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James Briggs
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this 12 stars!!! Not just in memory of a childhood hero, but because this book was really that good! It's been sitting in my book shelf since I got it signed by John Stockton himself! And so I finally decided that I would pick this one up and read it!
This book brought back so many memories from the better parts of growing up! I wanted nothing more than to be the next John Stockton! I looked up to him so much, and to this day he is my all time favorite player and probably athl
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Rhonda
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing


5 STARS

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 bo
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Patrick Schultheis
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I love John Stockton and am glad I read this book. The book is truly a window into Mr Stockton's life, experience and viewpoints.

Two nits: First, Mr Stockton says that he will not write a "tell all" about the NBA locker room and associated matters. Ok - I respect that. He did not want this to be "Ball Four." However, I think he should have been more explicit and detailed about his experiences, even if he was critical of others. Just my opinion.

Second, the book would have benefitted from a real
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Nate Stringham
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John is a class act and he tells his story in an honest, humble, and insightful way. I found his comments regarding his interactions within the jazz organization and the NBA's changing culture to be particularly interesting. I think anyone who has participated seriously in athletics will appreciate what John has to say about achieving success at the highest level. Hearing John narrate the audiobook was a delight (especially during his Frank Layden impressions) and helped me to connect with the l ...more
Tom Grover
I am so glad I listened to the audio version. John Stockton not only reads it, he does a suprisingly great job - AND - where there Frank Layden quotes (numerous), Stockton does a fun, fairly accurate Frank Layden impression.

It takes a special kind of character to achieve Stockton's greatness and retain any humility. If I had 1% of Stockton's fame and success, I am quite confident that I would be completely unbearable. Yet, Stockton is completely humble. His successes are always viewed as collec
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Brett Swanson
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Going into this book, I knew I would enjoy it. John Stockton was one of my favorite basketball players. However, I didn't realize I would enjoy it as much as I did. If you're a basketball fan, I would say it's a must read. Stockton gives you his account of everything that transpired in his career, including stories of his unique contract negotiants with Larry Miller, different stories about his two stints in the Olympic team, as well as some humorous stories about different games, coaches, and p ...more
J B
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
I loved this book! I've always been a fan of Stockton the basketball player, but knew little about him as a person due to his quiet, private nature. This book provides more insight into John Stockton as a person. I truly admire his work ethic and attitude. It was also great to hear some of his experiences on the two Olympic teams he was on, as well as his two shots at the NBA finals, and the road getting there. I totally recommend this to any fan of Stockton and the golden era of the Utah jazz. ...more
Chris
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
My superhero Utah Jazz point guard provides a nostalgic look back to the time our family lived in Logan, Utah and followed and rooted for the Jazz. He is without fail, kind to all who were a part of his life then. I have good memories of the Jazz twice coming so close to an NBA championship.. Personalities such as Karl Malone, Jerry Sloan, Thurl Bailey, and Mark Eaton are well described and thanked by Stockton. An enjoyable read.
Tanya W
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
For me, probably more like 3.5 stars since I got bored at times, especially with some of the sports aspect.

I really liked learning more about John Stockton and the things that made him such a great basketball player and a great person. I feel that we were lucky in Utah to have him be a part of the Jazz team so long as well as an outstanding member of the community.
Heidi Miller
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great book with great insight to John. It made me laugh and it made me cry. A lot of the things pertaining to the Jazz brought back many great and many TOUGH memories. John is a great writer and I truly thank him for this book!
Scottaggart
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Who knew? Playing basketball for a living is as boring and uneventful as any other job. Yawn.
Annie
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
One more reason why I love John Stockton. He is just a class act all around.
Andrew
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Not only was John a great basketball player he was one of the best teammates that you could have. He is the all time leader in assists and steals in the NBA. This book was written by John Stockton and he goes through his life in the NBA, College life, and his life at home. He describes very well on how his basketball career was shaped and how coaches and trainers helped him get to being one of the greatest players of all time ...more
John  Cena
Mar 10, 2020 is currently reading it
Assisted is an amazing book about the life of retired NBA star John Stockton. The book details his early life, how he started his basketball career, and his opinion on many subjects. The book is a truly inspirational story that shows the power of work ethic. John didn't have natural talent, but what he did have was a tenacity to learn, grow, and get better at the game. This has been an inspiration to me to continue with my goals. I may not be John Stockton, but I can still accomplish something m ...more
Chas Bayfield
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I naturally assumed that an autobiography of a major sports star would be ghost written, and my heart sunk when I heard that Stockton had actually written the book HIMSELF before handing it over to another non-writer, his friend and former coach, Kerry Pickett. But what a read! Full marks for not only going for it but pulling it off.

I've always been a huge fan which is why I bought the book, and Stockton comes across as humble, intelligent, loyal, grounded and honourable - not a bad fist of qua
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Adam Funk
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Assisted by John Stockton is a fabulous book. I found myself never wanting to put it down. It was very easy to read and kept me involved throughout the duration of the book. John Stockton is one of my ultimate childhood heroes and to read about him in great context and find out facts I did not know about him before was very fascinating. John Stockton ended up attending the "small" university at Gonzaga University for college basketball. John Stockton didn't have a lot of college offers coming ou ...more
Shaye Larsen
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, this book is not for people interested in flashy, cocky, self-absorbed athletes. If fame and riches attract you, move on to a book about someone else. The dominant theme of this book is John's viewpoint of his life, friends, family, teammates, and mentors. It gives you a sense of who he is more than what he accomplished in life. I found myself enjoying his humble look at his extraordinary success. I couldn't help using him as an example to my children as I read his story. He became a hero ...more
Faisal Alarifi
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I do not know where to start with this autobiography. It felt sometimes as he was taking this book as a second chance to his HoF speech (which he did not like), he spent a good deal of this book thanking people only he or those close to him would know. So, He did not identify the audience for this book, and address them probably.

It also gave us a window on the very down to earth, humble, humanitarian athlete that John is. I enjoyed very much the chapters where he talked about the Olympics, dream
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Malin Friess
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
10 stars! "Assisted" an autobiography by the undisputed greatest point guard in basketball history (John Stockton) is now my Goodreads vote for the best non-fiction book of 2014.

As a long time fan with tremendous respect for the way John Stockton carried himself as an athlete, father, and role model I was surprised to find that such a private and guarded person would write an autobiography. With much anticipation I found "Assisted" and read it cover to cover in one day!

Three themes carry throug
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Erik Spenst
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John Stockton is born and becomes a toddler. As a toddler he loves the game so when he is old enough to play he plays and is really good. He plays so good he plays in high school then he goes to Gonzaga University. He plays really well there and goes to the jazz almost wins a championship but becomes a legend.

He teaches us how to become a good basketball player. First play as a little kid be a good dribbler. After that then you have to become a good shooter. Finally go to good high school and co
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Jefferson Searle
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This reads as a giant thank you note to all the people who helped make John Stockton who he is and was (which was his purpose you discover in the epilogue). He deliberately avoids getting in very deep or personal. He had always said he was a very private person. He says so in this book so often I lost count. Also you are going to get a lot of what and when, very little why. I enjoyed it because I enjoyed the Jazz during Stockton's time. His work ethic has always been impressive and his Jazz were ...more
Andy
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stockton is an iconic player, the greatest point guard to ever play. The book honestly and clearly charts his life, from the beginnings to the heights of the NBA playoffs and Olympics. Personally I didn't care much for the poetry written by his mentor, but to each their own. I deduct a point because Stockton (or someone's lawyers?) entirely skips a huge topic, the off court actions of his long time teammate. As a religious man and a father of young children himself, John must have had thoughts o ...more
J. J. Tabor
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I expected the book was very good. Also as I expected, John Stockton wouldn't reveal too much personal stuff that could've made this book go from good to absolutely great. I was expecting to get more Jazz stories but I still very much enjoyed the read. I wanted his opinion on whether Jordan pushed off or not. It did give me more insight to the career of the greatest point guard of all time. If you're looking for juicy details about his Jazz career you really won't find much but if you want to ...more
Judy
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
An auto-biography of Utah Jazz all-star John Stockton. Not my usual choice, but a grandson gave me the book because he knew I enjoyed watching NBA basketball. I really liked the parts where Stockton was drafted as a rookie for the Jazz. Because I have been a fan for his whole career, it was fun to read about coaches and other players I'm really familiar with. The book is is quite well written and structured. Stockton is to be admired for his character and family life, as well as his athletic abi ...more
Seth Davis
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my childhood heroes. I really enjoy learning about John Stockton. After reading this book it feels like John grew up just down the street from me. He seems like your quintessential small town nice guy. I remembered the day I heard that he wasn't mormon and it shook my entire universe. After reading this book I'm still not convinced he isn't haha. For real though I really appreciate his humility and his love of how basketball/the NBA used to be. Still my favorite athlete of all time!
Stefanie
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best biographies I have ever read. It was hard to put down once I started reading. I loved watching John when he played for the Utah Jazz. I always felt he was down to earth and didn't let his career get in the way of what life is really about. I really enjoyed the look into his personal life and it only increased my admiration for him. He will always be one of my favorite Jazz players.
Ryan
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-physical
I grew up a huge Jazz fan. Stockton and Malone were my idols. I watched every game I could. Stockton was always a very private individual, and this book allowed a slight peek into him as a person. The read was pretty easy, and while I didn't walk away with a whole lot of deep insights, it was fun to reminisce on the big events of his career (including "The Shot" that sent the Jazz to their first NBA finals).
Carolyn
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
In the NBA world, I've always admired John Stockton. He seemed to be such a good guy as well as a talented basketball player. He certainly is both. I felt like I wanted to learn so much more, but he shared what he wanted to share in his lighthearted style. For that, I don't think I'd personally want to own a copy, but I still appreciate what I did learn from his life.
Jason Burt
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a Jazz fan and a fan of John Stockton I enjoyed learning more about his life and his perspective. He was a guy who just liked to compete and it was all about the game for him. It was interesting to see why he approached the media the way he did and I can appreciate how he tried to protect his personal life and his family. I'm an even bigger fan of John now!
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