ORLANDO, Fla. -- Stockton for 3.
Put aside the present-day concerns -- Enes Kanter's progress as a post presence, Kevin Murphy's development, Alec Burks' conditioning, et. al. -- for a minute and enjoy the nostalgic moment the Utah Jazz's summer league team provided Monday afternoon.
OK, it was Stockton's kid draining the 3, and yes, it was summer league ball. But when Michael Stockton hit a first-quarter jumper in the Jazz's 76-73 loss to the Detroit Pistons, for a few moments, the glory days of the franchise were easily remembered.
Heck, the Jazz were even running pick-and-rolls, but, alas, there wasn't a next generation Karl Malone on the finish.
"We got some good stuff off those pick and rolls, actually," Stockton smiled. "Not that (Stockton-to-Malone) caliber though. It would have been nice to have a Malone out there."
The former Westminster star finished with five points, all during a first half effort that was reminiscent of his dad -- distributing the ball, diving on the floor for a loose ball and playing strong defense -- that helped the Jazz score 17 unanswered points for an early 29-16 lead. Things went south after that.
Stockton knows his chances of making the team are next to none. Blake Ahern's trying to keep his spot and Butler product Mike Green had some nice moments during the second half Monday. He's simply enjoying the ride.
"This is fun," Stockton said. "I've always loved the Jazz my entire life and always wanted to be a part of it. I'm going to make the most of it."
In fact, he's already preparing to return to Germany for a second season with Karlsuhe, a second division team where he averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 assists in 27 games last season.
"It was fun a year in Germany," Stockton said. "Different, but still basketball. I'm looking forward to going back. This week is an opportunity to get better and get some experience."
As far as dad goes, Michael said that John Stockton was on the road coaching his sister's team and probably wasn't watching the game live.
"I hope he hit `record' sometime," Michael said."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said that Michael's made a name for himself as well as carrying on his father's legacy.
"It's good to see him create a name for himself," Corbin. "He plays with a lot of energy and intensity which I'm sure he got from his dad, but he's doing it for himself."
Thirteen players scored for the Jazz in a game that was a mixed bag at best.
Deron Washington scored his 13 points in the final 8:56 as Utah made a late rally. Washington did go 0-3 from the line in a opportunity to bring Utah within one possession. Burks also played well late in the game, finishing with 10.
Murphy, the Jazz' second-round pick this season, found a rhythm in the second half and made a nice combo with Green. Kanter? He was 1-of-7 from the field for three points and five rebounds.
Utah will meet Philadelphia at 9 a.m. today.
NOTES: Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek has emerged as a candidate for the Orlando Magic's vacant coaching job. He'll interview for the position while he's in town this week .... General manager Kevin O'Connor remained tight-lipped Monday about the buy-out of Raja Bell's contract. His hometown Miami Heat is the most likely spot Bell will resurface, but the Lakers are also a possibility.