Although his career with the Sonics ended over 14 years ago, Gary Payton isn’t done fighting for the city. While at the #DewNBA3X tour this past weekend in LA, The Glove told us that he is working very hard to bring an NBA team back to the former home of the Sonics. Payton understands the importance of building a new arena and is confident that it will eventually happen.

“I’m trying to get something back in Seattle to get us back a basketball team,” Payton told us in Santa Monica. “We got to get us an arena. We gotta make the NBA understand we want our team back. We got to get an arena. That will make it more enticing for the NBA to come back. I’m never going to lose hope to get our team back. We deserve a basketball team. We should have never lost our basketball team but it happened. We’re going to try to keep going and let these fans understand that, Hey, you deserve a basketball team and we’re going to give it to you some day again.”