WITH JOHN STOCKTON NOW ESTABLISHED as the NBA's alltime assist leader, all that's left is the debating. Who was the greatest point guard of all time? The greatest passer?

Pete Maravich and Magic Johnson threw far more behind-the-ear and no-look passes than Stockton. Johnson, who some say was the greatest player ever, went by the title of point guard, but could actually play the other four positions, as well.The best ball-handler? Bob Cousy did more behind-the-back dribbling. Isiah Thomas was a bigger scoring threat.

"John is the last of the true point guards, who prefer to pass first before scoring," says Minnesota forward Mike Brown. "KJ (Kevin Johnson), Kenny Anderson, Tim Hardaway, Gary Payton, all those guys are fine guards. But John is the last of the pure point guards. He's the best true point guard ever."

The ultimate no-nonsense player, Stockton is capable of making the spectacular, behind-the-ear or wrap-around passes with the best. But he rarely deems such plays necessary.

"He can do all those other things," says Jazz assistant coach Gordon Chiesa. "He's just chosen not to - to conserve energy and to make sure there's no mishap between him and his receiver."

QUIET BEGINNINGS: One of the stars of the AFC championship game was former Weber State, Dixie College and South High standout Alfred Pupunu.

Pupunu, an H-back for the Chargers, caught a touchdown pass that helped lead the Chargers to an upset win over Pittsburgh.

Strangely, Pupunu didn't exactly make a splash in his first year at Weber State. Playing at tight end, he caught only nine passes his first year at the school. But the next season he caught a whopping 93.

"We knew he could catch," says sports information director Brad Larsen.

And he could run. During the I-AA playoffs, a Northern Iowa player leveled Pupunu with a hard tackle, which was a rarity. But when the player got up, it was obvious the price he'd paid. He wobbled off with a dislocated shoulder.

ADD STOCKTON: As consistent as Stockton is on the court, he's equally consistent in his reaction to records - he dismisses them.

Stockton steadfastly says he's "not a records guy" and adds that the boxscores don't tell the story of the game all the time. "I don't judge my performances on how many assists I have or how many points I have," he says. "I've played games where I thought I played one of my better games and statistically there's nothing there, and vice versa. I've never based how I feel about my performance on stats."

DOOR CRASHER PRICES: In the "Cheapest Ticket in Town" category comes this from the Oakland A's: they're slashing prices.

Tickets to A's games in April will be cut up to 78 percent, whether the real A's or replacement players are on the field. Fans will be able to watch a game for as little as $1 for a bleacher seat, with tickets costing $2 for upper reserved and $5 for field level seats. Their "MVP" tickets, which normally go for $17.50, will cost just $8 and kids under 14, senior citizens and military personnel will be able to get field and plaza level seats for $1.

Season ticket-holders will receive a rebate for April.

"It's been troubled times for all of us. Certainly, we recognize that the fans have suffered the most - we want to acknowledge that, and show we understand that," said A's director of community relations Dave Perron.

PARTING SHOT: During the post-game ceremony Wednesday night, Jazz president Frank Layden said Stockton should credit the alltime assist record to him.

"The reason is, seven years ago, I quit," said Layden. "If I had coached any longer, you probably would have been playing for Detroit."

AND NOW A WORD FROM OUT SPONSOR: You've seen the official beer, air conditioner, burger, camera, shoe and everything else of the Olympic Games. Now there's an official Olympic game show.

"Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" have been designated official television game shows of the 1996 Summer Games.

What all this means is that we can look forward to 44 Olympic-theme shows next year, in which Olympic prizes are awarded. "Jeopardy" is expecting to have a program with international contestants and "Wheel of Fortune" will air some of its shows from Atlanta, the site of the 1996 Games.

The offical daytime soap can't be far behind.

QUOTEFILE: Deion Sanders, explaining the difference between victory celebrations in football and baseball: "If I dance after a home run, I don't think the pitcher would appreciate it. Different game. In football, you're more free to make a fool of yourself."