Whether or not you think Port should have the right to wear the jumper, the fact is they signed various agreements which has made it harder for themselves. Yes, there has been some resistance from both Collingwood and the AFL, but it is Port’s own fault more than anything.
The fact remains that agreements are agreements, whether or not you change your mind down the track.
It doesn’t, however, mean they can’t be undone one day.
Time for Collingwood and Port to meet in the middle on 'prison bars' stoush
I love this quote from Gary Payton which summarises it well. He says Stockton is the hardest player he ever guarded – big raps coming from the best defensive point guard ever.
What separates him from MJ in his opinion is the ability for Stockton to bring all his teammates into the game whenever he wanted, as opposed to guarding MJ where he only had to focus on MJ – you knew 80 percent of the time he was aiming to score.
“John Stockton had the ball 95% of the time. You’d have to guard him 94-ft to 94-ft. If you try a poster, he’ll run away and try to steal the basketball.
You look at the board, he has 26 points, 15 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals – that’s hard to beat every night, that’s hard to guard. Plus, he is playing only 34 minutes per game. If you’re getting that much production in 34 minutes, you’re a hard person to guard.”
Why John Stockton is the greatest NBA point guard of all-time