This article is about the NBA basketball player. For the band, see Pearl Jam
Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock (born March 20, 1967), is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent 13 years in the NBA with three teams.
Professional career 
A 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) push-and-pass point guard, he was rated among the better defensive stoppers in the game. The former Garland High School, Midland College (where he earned NJCAA All American honors in 1987), and University of Oklahoma star is most highly regarded for his quick hands and a ball hawking defensive style that produced more than 200 steals in a season five times and two NBA All-Defensive first-team selections. He was also a capable outside shooter, a fine passer who generally ranked among the league's assist leaders, and a durable instigator of the fast break. In 1988, he (along with Stacey King) led the Sooners to the NCAA title game.
Blaylock was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 12th overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft and settled quickly into Nets' rotation. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1992–93 season, where he flourished under newly-signed coach Lenny Wilkens. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a trade that brought the 1999 10th overall draft pick Jason Terry to Atlanta, and finished off his career playing as a reserve for the Warriors.
NBA achievements 
- Led the NBA in steals two years in a row (1996–97 and 1997–98), joining Alvin Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul as the only players to pull off that feat.
- Led the NBA in three-point attempts and finished second in three-pointers made in the 1996–97 season.
- Is the Atlanta Hawks' all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (1,050), three-point field goal attempts (3,023) and steals (1,321).
- Set the Atlanta Hawks' single-season franchise records for three-pointers made (231) and attempted (623) in 1995–96.
In popular culture 
Fans of the basketball player, the band members of Pearl Jam originally named their group "Mookie Blaylock", but they were forced to change the name. They settled on naming their debut album Ten after Blaylock's jersey number. In addition, Blaylock himself is a fan of Pearl Jam.
In Tom Robbins' 1994 novel Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, character Larry Diamond uses the name "Mookie Blaylock" as a pseudonym for hotel stays.
In the Homestar Runner cartoon "Kick-A-Ball", the Umpire tells the Announcer that Mookie Blaylock gave him the ball featured in the cartoon, a reference to a similar scene in an earlier cartoon about Mookie Wilson.
In 2011, two of Blaylock's sons committed to play football for the University of Kentucky.
See also 
- ^ Midland College, NJCAA All Americans, 1987
- ^ a b Stout, Gene (August 23, 2001). "Pearl Jam: 'Ten' plus ten". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
- ^ Slowikowski, Tim (June 24, 2003). "From Mookie Blaylock to Pearl Jam: The Matt Cameron Interview". PopMatters. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
- ^ Simmons, Bill (April 21, 2006). "State of NBA, Love & Trust". Page 2 (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2007-05-23.
- ^ Robbins, Tom (1995) . Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (2nd ed.). Bantam Books. p. 380. ISBN 0-553-37787-6.
- ^ http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011/09/30/twin-sons-of-ex-atlanta-hawk-mookie-blaylock-headed-to-kentucky-for-football/
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