Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Thunder summer league guard Michael Stockton learned early on not to worry about outside expectations

Michael Stockton might be best known as the son of Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton. But Michael has carved out a productive career in his own right.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 10, 2014

photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Michael Stockton, front left, and Mitch McGary (33) go after a loose ball in front of Brooklyn Nets' Marquis Teague, left, during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Michael Stockton, front left, and Mitch McGary (33) go after a loose ball in front of Brooklyn Nets' Marquis Teague, left, during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

How did coming up in such an athletic family help shape you?

It’s mainly in the competitive aspect of it. Everything we did as a family, even if we were at a family barbeque we would end up playing a game of heated kickball, or a game of H-O-R-S-E or something. And it always got pretty testy. It would always get pretty fiery. Tempers would flare and people wanted to win. So I’d say, definitely, that’s the thing that I gained most from it is that competitive fire, that spirit to win.

Who’s the best athlete in the family?

Best athlete in the family? Well, my dad’s 52 years old now, but I’d say — I don’t know. I’d give it to myself just to sound selfish, but I don’t know. That’s a tough one. We’ve got a lot of good ones.

When did you decide that you wanted to pursue basketball as a career?

It was pretty late. I didn’t even decide I wanted to play college basketball until I was two months away from going to college. I had played three other sports the whole time. It wasn’t until probably my senior year of college where I was to a point where I thought, ‘Hey, I’m playing pretty well. I’m in good shape. Maybe some team overseas will take a look at me.’ So it was pretty late.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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