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Gary Payton
Gary Payton
Position: None
Born: 07/23/68
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Payton added that he still keeps in touch with Walker, his former Miami Heat teammate, and talked to him about two months ago. Walker has been teaming up with Morgan Stanley’s global sports and entertainment division to teach young athletes how to handle their money, and last year he produced “Gone In An Instant,” a documentary about his experience with being generous to a fault with friends and others. “He’s doing a lot of things with a lot of companies trying to go around (and) tell his story,” Payton said. “He made a mistake and he realized it after everything was gone and he’s trying to prevent other people from doing the same thing.”
Payton II, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard, didn’t mind responding, saying he has strived to be his own person and his game is much different than his father’s because he is still trying to develop a consistent shot. ”There’s not one place that I go where it’s not mentioned or asked about, but I’m used to it,” Payton II said. ”Growing up young, it was difficult. I didn’t know how to handle the pressure or what not, the critics and everybody saying you’re never going to be as good as your father. But getting older and wiser, being my own person and comfortable in the way I play basketball. As I got older, it got easier.”
Storyline: Draft Workouts
DeAntae Prince: Speaking of Nate McMillan, were you happy to see him get another shot at head coaching with the Pacers? Gary Payton: “I talked to him and all I told him was that this is a different era. You have to change. We can’t keep doing the same things we did when we were coming up and how we were coached. He uses Jimmy Valvano and George Karl as his mentors of coaching, and we can’t come like them right now, or like it was in the ‘90s. It’s a different era. A lot of these owners are putting a lot of money into these players, and they think that it’s more to their advantage to put a lot of trust into the players instead of the coaches. That said, he’s got an opportunity, I’m glad that he got an opportunity because he’s a great coach. I think that he’s got a good team in Indiana, a good boss in Indiana, who understands what kind of coaching needs to be done because he’s from our era. He’s got Paul George as a star right now. I think he’s going to adjust really well.”
DeAntae Prince: There have been a lot comparisons between the 72-win Bulls team you played against and this year’s 73-9 Warriors squad. How do you think the Warriors would stack up? Gary Payton: “I don’t compare them and I don’t want to compare them. They’re two different animals. The Bulls did it with a physical type of basketball, we could hand check, we could do a lot of things. It was just a different era. They come back 20 years later and go 73-9. I couldn’t compare them, because if we put Golden State in that era a lot of teams, to me, would give them problems. Because we were more physical, we put our hands on them. A lot of our teams in this era we probably would have fouled out, we probably would have had a lot of problems.”