HoopsHype Gary Payton rumors

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It's been a rough go for Didier Drogba and Turkish giants Galatasaray in recent weeks. But nothing that dinner with NBA star Gary Payton couldn't help fix! Less than 48 hours after a disappointing scoreless draw with Gaziantepspor left Galatasaray 10 points behind Süper Lig leaders Fenerbahce in Turkey, Drogba spent some time with Payton, who was in town conducting a clinic on behalf of the NBA. "Was good to change my mind in this difficult moment," Drogba wrote via Instagram, clearly not wanting Galatasaray supporters to think he was cavorting with Payton. "Thanks to @nba for this great diner yesterday with a Legend...Mr Gary Payton aka #theglove #NBA #sonics #seattle #supersonics #lakers celtics #miamiheat #istanbul #galatasaray #soccer #basketball #istanbul" MLSsoccer.com

January 24, 2014 Updates

Gary Payton to Anthony Bennett: "You came in overweight. You look fat. C'mon. Let's do it!" Even Payton stops short of calling Bennett the worst No. 1 pick ever, but things are not off to a good start. Sporting News

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In the first quarter of the Miami Heat’s Friday game against the Sacramento Kings, LeBron James took over sole possession of 30th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, surpassing Larry Bird with this dunk: Later in the Heat’s 108-103 overtime loss to the Kings, James passed Gary Payton for 29th in NBA history, upping his total to 21,819. Next up for the four-time MVP is Clyde Drexler, who had 22,195. For The Win

October 16, 2013 Updates

Manchester hosted a match between Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers last week and in January the Brooklyn Nets will take on Atlanta Hawks in London as the NBA expands its ‘Global Games’ series. But former Seattle Supersonics point guard Payton, regarded as one of the best in NBA history, does not believe the natural progression is to establish a team abroad. “It would be too hard for any franchise to move outside the US because the travelling would be terrible,” he said. “It is just not possible. So I don’t think that will be coming. The Daily Express

September 15, 2013 Updates

Payton continued his criticism of Schultz, who was criticized heavily in Seattle for selling the Sonics to an owner who had relocation intentions. Schultz sold the Sonics less than six months after announcing they were on the market. “He just messed up our whole [franchise] and people did leave Seattle alone when he owned the team,” said Payton. “That’s why he had to sell it again, because he was struggling. He made a lot of silly moves and the first silly move was getting rid of me.” Boston Globe

“I wasn’t asking for a lot; I never asked for a new contract [before my previous one expired],” Payton said about his final season in Seattle. “All I asked was whether we were going to get an extension [in the offseason] and [Schultz] made it seem like, ‘I don’t care about you no more, you’re nothing.’ So, that’s what happened. He [saw] that wasn’t the right way and the whole franchise went downhill from there. “It was time to go. I didn’t want to work for this guy. He knew it and I knew it. We don’t have the right people running this squad. Why sit here and be miserable.” Boston Globe

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A few choice quotes from a clearly emotional Glove: "If anyone wants to know where I get my personality, just stop any one of my siblings, and it'll become very clear." "Everyone's asking me why (John Stockton) is the hardest person to guard instead of Michael Jordan. First off, that's my opinion. So that's how it's going to go." CBSSports.com

Scott Howard-Cooper: John Stockton also here, as a GP presenter. Payton, Kidd, Stockton -- I told Payton there'd better be a pickup game after the ceremony. Twitter @SHowardCooper

September 2, 2013 Updates

Payton wasn't scared of Michael Jordan and earned a reputation during his NBA career as one of the toughest guards ever. The nine-time All-NBA defensive team selection from tough Oakland, Calif., was nicknamed "The Glove" and was a stellar trash-talker, too. With such a gritty reputation, there is no way the nine-time All-Star will tear up during his induction speech into his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, right? "Everybody wants to know if I'm going to cry," Payton told Yahoo Sports. "You know what? I'm going to be real with you. I don't think I'm going to cry. But I got to stay away from watching my mom because if she starts tearing up … That's the hardest mama in the world to make cry. If she tears up and cries? I know Pops ain't gonna tear up. If he does it, it's just a bad thing. I'm just going to stay focused and look forward and try not to look anybody in their face." Yahoo! Sports

You say Stockton was the hardest to guard, but what about guarding Michael Jordan? Gary Payton: "Those battles were a little easier. I would have Jordan get mad at me and go back at me. He knew he was really talented and could do whatever he wanted to. But [Stockton] was more of a challenge to me than guarding someone that would talk back to me. When you talk back to me and say something to me it made my game go to another level. John was one who wouldn't say nothing and you couldn't figure him out. He'd keep going in the pick and rolls and he and Karl Malone would score a big bucket. At times I would guard Jordan and get him mad and into other things." Yahoo! Sports

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