For Old Time’s Sake: Gary Payton
THE GLOVE is undoubtedly one of the greatest guards and defensive players of all time. He had an incredible post game for a point guard, often abusing his smaller PG counterparts and was fearless on both ends of the court. He and Shawn Kemp led the Sonics to the ’96 Finals and represented the last great generation of pro hoops in Seattle. Payton was the NBA DPOY in ’96, a 9x All Star, 9x All-Defensive First team, and won a title with Miami in 2006. He was also one of the game’s greatest/most irritating trash talkers and with this came the third-most technical fouls in NBA history. Payton holds 2 Olympic Gold Medals, is 3rd on the all-time NBA steals list, and the only player in NBA history with 20k points, 5k boards, 8k assists, and 2k steals. I could go on all day about GP. Enjoy the vid by Kblaze.
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