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phlp_bj
08-01-2008, 02:35 PM
Former NBA superstar point guard Gary Payton is getting ready to make his retirement from the league official. Payton did not play in 2007-08, never really came close, after playing his final two seasons with the Miami HEAT.

Payton's best years came with the Seattle SuperSonics, leading them to an NBA Finals appearance with Shawn Kemp in 1996, where they fell to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Payton played 11 and a half seasons in Seattle, half a season in Milwaukee after being traded at the deadline with Desmond Mason for Ray Allen, one year with the Los Angeles Lakers (another Finals appearance in 2004), and one year with the Boston Celtics before winning a ring in Miami in 2006 with Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade.

Payton "The Glove" to his fans was a national player of year while at Oregon State University and was drafted second overall by the Sonics in 1990. He was named to nine All-Star teams, won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award in 1996, was named to nine All-Defensive first teams, two All-NBA first teams, and finished his career near the top in many statistical categories third overall in steals, seventh in assists, and 27th in points.

Once Payton files his retirement papers, he will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013 (six years after his final NBA game). Without a doubt, Payton is a first ballot Hall of Famer, so Payton fans might want to start thinking about a trip to Springfield, Massachusetts for September of that year.

Since leaving the NBA spotlight Payton has been busy raising his three children in Las Vegas. He most recently was spotted supporting the protests in Seattle against the Sonics leaving town for Oklahoma City.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9659

BADizzleBoY
08-01-2008, 02:37 PM
the end of a legend :pity:

lakerboy
08-01-2008, 03:21 PM
Are they going to retire him in OKC?

lakers4sho
08-01-2008, 03:23 PM
Payton is a really great player. Top 10 PG All-Time, too bad he had to share the decade with Jordan.

_Sn1P3r_
08-01-2008, 04:22 PM
The Glove will be remembered for sure.

SwaggaIke
08-02-2008, 03:47 PM
I love my boy GP.

njnets
08-02-2008, 03:59 PM
Are they going to retire him in OKC?

wow good question. that would just be sad because OKC is not Seattle.

BALLER71
08-02-2008, 04:09 PM
GP was key for the Heat's championship.
What have been nice to see him play in Seattle.

KB24PG16
08-02-2008, 04:12 PM
goodbye to a legend

Burkey3472
08-02-2008, 04:19 PM
Great career Glove!

LayZbone
08-02-2008, 04:22 PM
thanks for everything Gary...especially "the shot", which was crucial for the Heat's championship.

#1Mavericksfan
08-02-2008, 04:41 PM
Hall Of Fame:hide:

PhillyLuver
08-02-2008, 04:45 PM
He was real good, in this book Phil Jackson wrote he said he was a bit of a headcase though

Andrew17Bynum17
08-02-2008, 06:08 PM
so long payton what a great career he had a great shooting form even in clutch performances.

DreamShaker
08-02-2008, 10:33 PM
I hated GP....but he was an excellent player....

DQL
08-02-2008, 11:15 PM
He's a top 50 all time IMO. Best defensive PG ever

NYMetros
08-02-2008, 11:25 PM
Congrats to Gary "The Glove" Payton on a wonderful career. One of the greatest defensive PG's in NBA history.