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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.
Seattle was a strong NBA market for many years, going crazy for the Sonics of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, which reached The Finals in 1996. From 1995-99, the Sonics basically sold out Key Arena, and they never averaged less than 14,300 fans from 1991-2007, their next-to-last season in town. The city and surrounding area has a rich tradition of producing NBA talent, including current players Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, Marvin Williams, Spencer Hawes, Rodney Stuckey and Aaron Brooks. “Seattle is a far better market than at least 10 NBA cities,” said a very high ranking executive of one of the league’s 29 teams last week.
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.”
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