NBA assists king Stockton enters Hall of Fame

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- John Stockton, the NBA's career leader in assists and steals, has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Stockton played his entire 19-year career in Utah, leading the Jazz to the NBA finals in 1997 and 1998. He also won Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996.

His longtime coach, Jerry Sloan, was also in Friday's class. Stockton said his coach's record "speaks for itself" and called longtime teammate Karl Malone the best power forward in NBA history.

Considered one of the NBA's best point guards, Stockton averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists for his career.

The Hall's class also included Stockton's Dream Team teammates, Michael Jordan and David Robinson; and Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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