Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 at 1:35 pm  |  25 responses

Gary Payton Wants to Become a Coach

As long as Payton is mike’d up the whole time, I’m all for this. From the Las Vegas Sun: “During what is the in-between time in his adult life, Gary Payton has found the ideal home in Las Vegas. What he’s between is what was a hall-of-fame-caliber playing career in the NBA and what he hopes will be an equally successful run as a professional coach in the coming years. ‘I basically said that when I was going to retire, I was going to take my time — I wasn’t going to jump back into basketball,’ he said. ‘Now, it’s about time for me to get back to what I want to do. I want to get a good job in coaching, move to a city where I think I can help younger kids and I think that’ll be my next thing to do in the next year or so.’ When Payton ultimately does move on, he’ll be able to say that the three years since his retirement have been nothing short of fulfilling. Spending the brunt of that time in his Summerlin neighborhood with his wife, Monique, and their kids, he’s become the everyday suburban man.”

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  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo


  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Please let this happen.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Call Sonicsgate! Seattle needs a team again so Gary can coach there.

  • T.O.M.

    He should coach Gary is a n ur face Guy. He should coach new York guards so they can balance their game.

  • http://www.teambasketball.com Team Basketball

    Yes, I can definitely see this happening.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    He should join Thib’s staff in Chicago. Imagine Rose learning to play defense under The Glove?!

  • http://slamonline.com Stephon

    I’m all 4 GP being a coach he was a great player and he’d make a great coach.

  • http://manutebogues.blogspot.com cramzy

    Do not let that man walk around without a mic if he becomes a coach. We’re talking classic post game conferences. Classic!

  • mike
  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Can’t wait for this to happen. It will be great for us fans, and good for the NBA too to have him as a coach.

  • Khalid Salaam

    GP as a coach? 100% YES!

  • http://twitter.com/pdxgaybball dma

    no disrespect for GP, but why can’t some players just go away after they retire? it’s not like they really need the money. and don’t feed me the ‘they love the game’ horse crap line.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    dma: isn’t it a good thing that former players stay involved?

  • AL29

    He’d be a great coach, provided that his assistants weren’t Ahmad Rashad and Chris Webber.

  • rich

    whats wrong with saying he loves the game? hes been ballin since childhood, so without it, what fills the void? he does have a family but nothing can replace the thril of victory and defeat.

  • chingy

    He’d be right up there with SVG for most entertaining coach in the L.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Nice try chiqo, but u should have done that on the first i. Gp and cwebb were ten million times better than chuck and that bum. This has to happen, and he should hire cwebb as an assistant

  • BackInBlack

    ha, word chingy

  • Fat Lever

    Yea dma, because “I want to get a good job in coaching, move to a city where I think I can help younger kids” is totally a bad thing. God, what an a-hole.

  • Rusty

    @dma – do you love the game? is it that hard to beleive an ex pro can love the game. Seriously dude that is one of the worst comments ive ever read on this site from anyone, and thats sayong something cause there are some idiots around.

  • LA Huey

    GP’s a good dude. Close friend of mine said when she worked at the B&G Club here in Seattle, Gary would always outfit the kids with brand new kicks the beginning of every hoops season. My point? He does care about kids so don’t anybody knock about the line where he says he wants to help them…Long live the Sonics!

  • JoeMaMa

    Gary? In the suburbs? He probably trash talks the moderator at PTA meetings, walks through the produce section in flip flops and a monogrammed robe, and absolutely TORCHES the rec league. Because you know he can’t just let the burbs stay the burbs.

  • a_whiteman

    He should go and be a special assistant for okc

  • Heather

    I would watch any team coached by Payton – although I agree a mike would make it so much better!

  • http://yahoo.com townbiz

    GP needs to coach the Warriors! Come home to Oakland GP, we need you!