Jack Stockton, the father of Utah Jazz legend and NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, died Saturday. He was 89 years old. The elder Stockton was a prominent figure in the Spokane, Wash., community as a co-founder of Jack and Dan's tavern. The Jazz released a statement on his passing Sunday. "Jack was a valued member of the extended Jazz family, and his loss will be felt by many," the organization said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stockton family during this difficult time."
After not making the playoffs in the 2015-16 NBA season, the Utah Jazz took a huge step forward this season after finishing as the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a 51-31 record. Despite getting swept in the conference semifinals to the Golden State Warriors, the Jazz were able to knock out the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. The Jazz have a well-diversified roster mixed with young and veteran players. Veterans like George Hill and Joe Johnson have played in high-pressure situations during the playoffs. They provide excellent mentorship for the rising stars such as Rudy Gobert. Gobert was named to the All-NBA second team, meaning he is ranked as the second-best center
The team has yet to reveal any price changes for single-game tickets next season. But season-ticket prices for next season have increased by an average of 5 percent in the upper bowl and 7 percent in most of the lower bowl, according to Jazz officials. Ticket holders like Desmuke and her husband, Robert, were asked to pony up substantially more than that. The couple said they had to give up their ninth-row seats along the baseline when they learned the cost was going up 38 percent, from $100 per seat per game to $138. Fans who have owned seats in rows 3 through 12 along the sidelines of the court, meanwhile, have seen even larger increases, as the Jazz renovate the arena and reconfigure their