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Jazz to Seek Out John Stockton in Coaching Search

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Could former Gonzaga Prep, Gonzaga and Hall of Fame guard John Stockton be the Utah Jazz's next head coach? Could former Gonzaga Prep, Gonzaga and Hall of Fame guard John Stockton be the Utah Jazz's next head coach?
As reported by ESPN, the Utah Jazz will speak with their former Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton to gauge his interest in becoming the franchise's next head coach.

Stockton spent his entire 19-year career playing for the Jazz and was a 10-time All-Star before joining the Hall of Fame in 2009. Stockton averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists per game in his career. 

Sources told ESPN.com, "Jazz officials intend to at least pose the question to the Hall of Fame guard about his willingness to move into coaching, while mindful of Stockton's lack of previous coaching experience and the fact that he has long loathed the sort of spotlight associated with the job."

Utah GM Dennis Lindsey has declined to comment on the report of speaking with Stockton. According to ESPN, Jazz team president Randy Rigby told 1280 AM in Utah that the Jazz would complete an "exhaustive" search of of 20 candidates to find a new head coach.

Stockton spends time assisting on his daughter Laura's team at his alma mater, Gonzaga Prep, that just won the 2014 WIAA 4A State Championship under Bullpups girl's head coach Mike Arte. Stockton is also a Gonzaga University alum, where his son David just finished his senior season.

Last November Stockton had this to say to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix about a possible return to the Association:

SI.com: Your old backcourt-mate, Jeff Hornacek, is now a head coach. Jason Kidd is now a head coach. A lot of guards have become head coaches. Ever think about it?

Stockton: I’ve thought about it. But even if I started right away [after finishing as a player], like Jason did, it wouldn’t have answered the problem of wanting to spend more time with my family. I would be right back in that mold. If I was going to do that, I might as well play. I’d rather play. Playing is a lot more fun. Coaching is a rough business.

SI.com: Will we ever see you back in the NBA?

Stockton: I’ve never ruled it out. I have not sought it out either. It’s just not time for me. I don’t know that I’m an office guy in any way shape or form. If I were to come back, it would be on the coaching side.

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