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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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When former University of Houston coach Guy V. Lewis is inducted next month into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. his presenter will be fellow Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes. Inductees can chose their presenter from any member of the Hall of Fame and Hayes told FOX 26 Sports the Lewis family chose him, and he could not be more thrilled. Hayes, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990, was twice an Associated Press First-Team All-American under Lewis at the University of Houston, where he played from 1964-1968. Lewis was the AP's NCAA Player of the year in 1968. "To be able to be a presenter for Guy Lewis at the Basketball Hall of Fame, it probably means just as much as when I was inducted into the Hall of Fame," Hayes said. FOX 26 Sports

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Jeff Van Gundy had said Erik Spoelstra bound for Hall of Fame I talked to Stan VG & he agrees Spoelstra's reaction? “This is the most ridiculous. “We’re talking summer league,’’ Spoelstra said after the Heat’s summer-league practice Saturday. “The Van Gundys, it’s widely documented that I’m very close to them. I didn’t actually hear that from Jeff, but Stan is one of my closest friends and through Stan I’ve gotten to know Jeff over the years. They’re just great people. The Van Gundys have had a major influence on my coaching career, in particular Stan.’’ Sulia

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A player recognized for raising his play in the big moments, Dandridge was a four-time All-Star and two-time champion, with two other trips to the NBA Finals. With the Bullets in 1979, he finished fifth in the voting for league MVP. Though nearing the end of his career, that same year he was named to the All-Defensive first team. "Every now and then," he said, "I look through my scrapbook, and I think, 'Damn, you were a hell of a player.' " He was, but the Basketball Hall of Fame has yet to call. "I think I'm deserving to be in the Hall of Fame," he said. "Probably the people voting now are too young to recognize my name. So many things are out of our control. If it's meant to be, it will be, but if not, I'm not going to leave this Earth bitter." Virginian-Pilot

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Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is scheduled to arrive in the Detroit area today and begin consulting the Pistons on their coaching search, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press this morning. But the source reiterated that Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars is “running the show,” and Jackson will be here strictly to assist Dumars. Detroit Free Press

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Lakers Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor will be auctioning off memorabilia, awards and personal items on May 31 with the help of Julien's Auctions. Baylor, whose No. 22 jersey is retired at Staples Center, is making available his 1959 All-Star Game MVP Trophy, his 1971-72 championship ring and a number of rare items accumulated over his legendary career. "I worked and played as hard as I possibly could. My college coach said just give it your best effort and then you can feel good about what you've done," Baylor told Michael Mink of Investor's Business Daily. "I was always competitive. I always wanted to win regardless of what I was doing. I would just keep going until I wore my opponent out. That was my approach," the 6-foot-5 former forward said. Los Angeles Times

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Haywood's exclusion for another year looks even more assailable when his groundbreaker past and superior playing accomplishments are cast against the Hall's non-transparent selection process, one of the most secretive in American sports. Neither the voters nor even vote totals are announced. "Is it a mystery? A conspiracy? Ahh, I don't know," the 63-year-old Haywood said Tuesday, shortly after his flight from Atlanta touched down in his current hometown of Las Vegas. "I've been told not to talk to the press or anything, it will mess up my future Hall of Fame chances, blah, blah, blah. But I don't believe in muzzling myself … I'm just tired of being the person that fights battles." Laughing a little resignedly, he added, "I just want to be like a hippie in the Sixties now. Peace and love." ESPN.com

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