HoopsHype Gary Payton rumors

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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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Hall of Famer Gary Payton was so down on himself as a player and so frustrated with the coaching situation in Seattle early in his career that he came close to retiring after his rookie season, he told NBA.com on Wednesday. “I was thinking about it,” Payton said in a phone conversation from his home in Las Vegas. “I was like, ‘What am I out here for? This isn’t even what I want to do. I’m not happy.’ I didn’t want to do anything….” NBA.com

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Wall still plans to hook up with Gary Payton, a Hall of Fame point guard who was one of the best of his generation, in Seattle before returning to train with the Wizards on Aug. 20. Plus, he had ample time to watch the nuances of Tony Parker as he led the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA finals and the Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley, who helped his team advance to the Western Conference finals. “Footwork also, just like catching the ball and working on pivots and stuff,” Wall said about what he has done this off-season in addition to refining jump shot. “Floaters. Watched a lot of Tony Parker throughout the playoffs and I see how Mike Conley added to his game after I went to two of his playoff series." CSNWashington.com

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Aquille Carr shocked many when he announced his intent to follow in the footsteps of Brandon Jennings by skipping college and beginning his pro career overseas, and while some questioned his decision, it’s now official: Carr has signed on to join Tracy McGrady, Jason Williams and Gary Payton on the NBA Legends Tour that will run for two weeks throughout the month of June in China. “I feel like a pro now,” Carr told SLAMonline of his signing in China. “This is a dream come true.” SLAM

April 11, 2013 Updates

Gary Payton, the first Heat player to make the Hall of Fame, hopes Alonzo Mourning can join him in Hall next yeaer. “I think there’s a great chance,’’ Payton said in a phone interview Wednesday with FOX Sports Florida. “I think it can happen and I think it should happen. He’s got great stats and he came back from the kidneys and stuff (a kidney disease that derailed Mourning’s career). I think he’ll be there, for sure.’’ Sulia

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Haywood, 63, is one of 12 finalists, among them former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian and fellow Las Vegas resident and former NBA star guard Gary Payton. Speaking at the Discovery Children’s Museum, where his company installed the flooring and tiles in the bathrooms, Haywood talked candidly about his life — a life that was never about taking the safe route. “It was that kind of time in American sports,” said Haywood, referring to the early 1970s, during which Flood challenged baseball’s reserve clause and boxing great Muhammad Ali fought for his right to refuse induction into the U.S. Army and not have to fight in Vietnam. “Here’s the thing — I wasn’t looking for trouble. I just wanted to earn a living playing basketball. So when Seattle signed me (in 1970), and the NBA said I couldn’t play, I was angry. I couldn’t provide for my family. So I did what I had to do.” Las Vegas Review Journal

April 5, 2013 Updates

"I think you should never anticipate going in unless you're Michael Jordan or John Stockton or Karl Malone or someone like that," he said. "I'm happy for everyone who got in." Among those who formally will be named for induction Monday is Gary Payton, who will become the first former Heat player to be enshrined in Springfield. Payton helped the Heat win the 2006 NBA title, also spending the following season with the team. "I'm happy for Gary," Hardaway said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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