JOHN STOCKTON, ON MEETING KARL MALONE:
"He’s just a country kid, and we’re in Salt Lake and I’m just a year into it [his career]. I said to him, ‘We could drive up into the mountains, that’s gorgeous. Or maybe we could…go to the zoo?’ And he said, ‘Zoo? Sounds good. Let’s go.’ So we had a beautiful afternoon there. Pretty peaceful.
He wasn’t very recognizable at that time and I certainly wasn’t and we walked all around the zoo unaccosted and enjoyed the day looking at the animals. We’ve been best of friends ever since. He’s a good man from a completely different area than I was and we both felt completely at ease talking to each other. It’s a relationship I’ve been really proud of for the past 30 years.”