Biography: Gary Payton

September 9, 2018
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Real Name: Gary Dwayne Payton

Occupation: American former professional basketball player

Date of Birth: July 23, 1968

How Old is Gary Payton: 50 years

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

How Tall is Gary Payton: 6 feet 3 inches

Weight: 82 kg

Nationality: American

Family: Al Payton (Father); Annie Payton (Mother); Brandon Payton (Brother); Sharon Payton (Sister).

Wife: Monique James (1997–2012).

Children: Gary Payton II (Son); Julian Payton (Son); Raquel Payton (Daughter); Gary Payton, Jr. (Son).


Gary Payton Facts:

Payton is best known for his long 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals.

He was nicknamed “The Glove” for his outstanding defensive ability.

Payton is well known for his trash-talk. His trademark open-mouth, bobbing-head style on the court (combined with his 17 years in the league) led to Payton receiving the third-most technical fouls of all time (behind Jerry Sloan and Rasheed Wallace).

He has also played with other teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the last with whom he won a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.

Regarded as the “NBA’s reigning high scorer among point guards” in his prime, Payton is referred to as “probably as complete a guard as there ever was” by Basketball Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich.


Gary Payton Quotes:

“And that’s what I’m telling Jason right now, … The way we play defense, the way we help, he should be great…And it’s gonna take time, because he’s never done it. And I’m gonna stay on him, I’m gonna stay on him a lot.”

“But I’m not going to go too many more places. I’m not going to keep changing to different area codes. This [next move] is going to be the last for me. If it happens again, I’m going to have to just hang it up then.”

“My oldest brother and my middle brother would always beat me up and take the ball from me. I used to cry a lot, so I used to come in here and get my dad. He used to be on my team, so he used to hold them down and let me score the basket.”

“It’s a big difference when we are missing a lot of key guys. It is hard when we don’t make shots and we are playing a team that runs and is so good at home and played Shaq the way they did.”

“We’ve got to win like seven or eight in a row now. We’ve got to go like 34-16, or something like that. We’re at home for four games. We need all four. If we can get that and keep building from where we’re going we’ll be OK.”

.”You really can’t guard him. You can’t stop him, you’ve got to contain him. And that’s what we did on Christmas. We contained him. I tried to get him tired. That was about the only thing I could do. This time I think he’s going to be a little bit more assertive with his game.”


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