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Gary Payton on John Stockton’s ‘zombie’ move before he killed his opponents

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On the latest episode of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton admitted Utah Jazz legend John Stockton was one of his personal rivals in the league back in the day.

Payton, one of the best trash talkers of all-time, said the Jazz icon would never talk back to him and it annoyed him.

“I used to hate John Stockton because he never talked to me. He’d just look at you like he a zombie, man, and then kill you,” Gary Payton said.

Stockton never won an NBA championship with the Jazz because of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, but he’s still universally recognized as one of the best point guards in NBA history.

Stockton spent his entire legendary career with the Jazz. He finished his career with averages of 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.5 assists.

The Jazz legend is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists. Stockton racked up 15,806 assists during his career and formed an elite one-two punch with fellow Hall of Famer Karl Malone.

Malone and Stockton were never able to win a ring with the Jazz, but they will always be revered in the Salt Lake City.

It’s safe to say every Utah sports fan remembers where they were on May 29, 1997. That’s the night Stockton hit a three-pointer at the buzzer of Game 6 of the WCF against the Houston Rockets to send the Jazz to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. It is still the biggest shot in Utah history.