John Stockton in the Nike Air Zoom Challenege

Today in Performance Sneaker History: John Stockton is First Player with 2500 Steals in Nike Air Zoom Challenge

Last month, Performance Sneaker History featured John Stockton’s February 1995 game where he set the NBA’s all-time assist record. Two years later, the ten-time All-Star was still breaking and establishing records. On March 19, 1997, the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics with a score of 113-100. But the W wasn’t the only big moment of the night for John Stockton.

With just one steal in the game, Stockton became the first NBA player to ever surpass 2,500 career assists. Today, he’s still got the highest total of all time at 3,265. Trailing closely behind in second place is New York’s Jason Kidd with 2,659 assists. However, considering the sizable difference between the two totals and the fact that Kidd is the only active player in ranking in the top ten career assists, it looks as if Stockton’s spot at the top will remain for a long time to come.

Previously featured in Sneaker Report’s 5 Basketball Players Playing in Non-Basketball Shoes, Stockton favored the Nike Air Zoom Challenge in ’97. The Nike tennis model released in 1996 and featured Zoom Air cushioning along with a traction pattern than translated well from clay to the hardwood courts. There’s no doubting the popularity of Agassi’s signature styles, so it’s likely that the Air Zoom Challenge would be a hit if it’s pulled from the vaults.

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