Utah Jazz: Kelly Olynyk recalls ‘Warehouse’ games with John Stockton

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Last 12 months, a Sports Illustrated article detailed the ultrasecretive Sunday pickup basketball games hosted by means of none instead of John Stockton in Spokane, Washington.

These games aren’t solely invite-only, however till just lately were extremely secretive. Former and lively NBA gamers are amongst the ones at the invite record alongside with school greats, particularly gamers from Stockton’s alma mater Gonzaga.

One participant who made the record and attended the Sunday pickup games previously is present Jazz guy Kelly Olynyk.

Though Olynyk admitted it’s been a handful of years since he used to be within the health club in Spokane referred to as The Warehouse, he additionally stated that Stockton used to be nonetheless a drive at the court docket.

“Yeah, he can play,” Olynyk stated of Stockton. “He’s damn near the best player out there every single possession.”

Olynyk described Stockton as being “old school” relating to pickup sport scoring. Every shot counts as one level, doesn’t topic if it’s a deep 3-pointer with a hand within the face or an open layup.

He additionally stated that the whole thing Jazz enthusiasts bear in mind about Stockton at the court docket, is just about how Stockton performs throughout his games at The Warehouse. Olynyk stated Stockton infrequently misses a mid-range shot, and remains to be as sensible and fast with the ball as he used to be in his heyday.

“He’s just so good with the ball, so good with his eyes,” Olynyk stated. “He’s so strong, so strong setting screens on the ball, can’t bump him off the ball. He’s a competitor, he loves to play.”

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Utah’s John Stockton and Chicago’s Ron Harper combat for a unfastened ball. According to new Jazz member Kelly Olynyk, the Jazz legend nonetheless performs pickup ball with the similar toughness and ability that he displayed throughout his hall-of-fame occupation.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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