Gary Payton Tribute (Happy Birthday)
It was a pleasure for us to see Gary Payton back in Seattle this past weekend as he came through the Seattle Pro-Am, along with Kobe Bryant, and watched Jamal Crawford go off for 63 points. It was also a pleasure for the thousands of fans (that weren’t there just to see Kobe) to see the Seattle Supersonic all-time leading scorer back in the city where he once led a talented Sonics team to a 64-win season and a trip to the NBA finals to face Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
The Glove has always been one of the my favorite players on-and-off the court. His offensive game was underrated, his chemistry with Shawn Kemp was unmatched, his defense was second-to-none and of course his trash talking and ability to irritate opponents and every single fan of the opposing team was GOAT status.
In honor of GP turning a year wiser today, here’s a few of my favorite videos and stories about the NBA Hall of Famer.
GARY PAYTON EXPLAINS WHY HE DOESN’T LIKE THE NBA
TOP 10 ALLEY-OOPS TO SHAWN KEMP
I personally don’t like the list the NBA made so if you want to see my alternative picks then click here.
GARY PAYTON’S HARSH MESSAGE FOR ANTHONY BENNETT
Click here to watch the video and read about Payton’s struggle during his rookie season.
GARY PAYTON’S HALL OF FAME SPEECH
- Payton explains why Westbrook, Curry & “Shooting guards playing point” aren’t on his level
- Payton interviews Kobe about his return