Now watch the fantastic footage of KSL’s Jim Nantz after the Jazz drafted John Stockton. Uploaded by KSL’s Jeremiah Jensen for our Retro Jazz project last summer.
Featuring the aforementioned Nantz, a mustachioed Scott Layden, Frank Layden, and a surprisingly open and upbeat John Stockton. Special appearance by practice jerseys that appear to be stolen from a Jr. Jazz league.
After all the attention given to the now-infamous video of John Stockton and Jim Nantz in a hot tub during Stockton’s rookie season, it’s only right to follow up with this career montage based on Stockton’s Hall of Fame speech.
Today at shootaround before tonight’s epic Jazz matchup with the Phoenix Suns, I had a conversation with KSL sports anchor Jeremiah Jenson. At some point, Jeremiah casually mentioned that he’d recently found a video in the KSL archives featuring John Stockton talking to then-KSL reporter Jim Nantz. If JJ hadn’t agreed to post the video, I might have rushed the KSL building to post it myself.
There are so many amazing things about this clip. The rookie John Stockton is remarkably upbeat and friendly, especially considering the Jazz lost at home the night before in Game 4 of the first round of 1985 Playoffs against the Houston Rockets. Fortunately the Jazz won the deciding Game 5 the next night on the road in Houston.
Also, Pace Mannion in his pre-analyst role is rocking a mustache and mullet that would be the best in any hot tub, if it weren’t for the presence of All-Stache candidate Rich Kelley. On the other side of the jacuzzi is Bobby Hansen, showing the bravado that eventually led him to get punched by teammate Bart Kofoed.
Lastly, the participatory journalism of a young Jim Nantz is stunning in comparison to his staid personality as host of the Tradition Unlike Any Other at the Masters. Definitely a different era. Also, can you imagine that hot tub scene happening if Jerry Sloan were the head coach?