Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton was one of the fiercest players in the League during his career, which spanned from 1990 to 2007. He was a notorious trash talker and a savagely tough defender. He was never scared to get in someone’s face, be it an opponent or a referee.
So it’s not surprising that The Glove might look at today’s NBA and say this:
I could never play basketball in this soft era. All of my contract money would go toward fines. Lol
— Gary Payton (@GaryPayton_20) February 20, 2016
These days, technicals and flagrant fouls are given out at a more frequent rate—whether you believe that’s for legitimate safety concerns or because the NBA has become “soft” is a matter of opinion. GP is making his opinion known.
One thing there’s no doubt about: Payton would definitely rack up fines in today’s era. What do you think of GP’s comments?