25 Facts About Gary Payton

1. Gary Payton stated when the NBA comes back to Seattle he wants to be part of the team so it won't be relocated again.

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2. Gary Payton is currently working on bringing the NBA back to Seattle.

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3. Gary Payton is featured in the documentary Sonicsgate, which covers the team's relocation from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

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4. Gary Payton wishes instead for it to remain in Seattle, where he enjoyed the majority of his career's success and popularity.

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5. Gary Payton hosted a radio show in early 1998 on Seattle's KUBE 93.3 station.

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6. In 2001, Gary Payton donated $100,000 to renovate EOYDC's gym—his first big grant in his hometown of Oakland.

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7. Gary Payton hosts an annual charity basketball game as part of his foundation.

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8. Gary Payton set up The Gary Payton Foundation in 1996 to provide safe places for recreational activity, and to help underprivileged youth in his hometown of Oakland stay in school.

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9. Gary Payton has made numerous well-regarded contributions of both time and money to the community.

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10. Gary Payton has appeared in White Men Can't Jump, Eddie (1996), Like Mike, and performed a speaking role in the 1999 comedy film The Breaks.

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11. In 2013, Gary Payton was named an analyst for Fox Sports 1's Fox Sports Live.

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12. Gary Payton views the [young Payton] as impudent, and he would love to have a big game at [Payton's] expense.

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13. Gary Payton is the only guard to have won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award since Michael Jordan in 1988.

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14. Gary Payton has appeared in many movies and television shows, and in 2001, gave a humorous, televised "motivational speech" to his team during the NBA All-Star Game.

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15. On September 6, 2006, the 38-year-old Gary Payton re-signed with the defending champion Miami Heat on a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

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16. In game 5, Gary Payton scored 8 points, including Miami's final field goal with 29 seconds left, to help clinch a one-point victory.

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17. On February 24, 2005 Gary Payton was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that brought former Celtic Antoine Walker back to Boston.

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18. Gary Payton was a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 and 2000 US Men's Olympic Basketball Teams.

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19. Gary Payton was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team a record nine consecutive seasons, and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1996, the first guard to win the award in 8 years.

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20. Gary Payton earned his first of 9 consecutive All-NBA team selections when he was chosen to the All-NBA Third team in 1994.

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21. Gary Payton was the second overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, and spent his first 12½ seasons with the Sonics.

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22. Gary Payton was the MVP of the Far West Classic tournament three times and was the Pac-10 Player of the Week nine times.

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23. Gary Payton was a consensus All-American in 1990, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, and both the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and conference Freshman of the Year in 1987.

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24. Gary Payton was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8, 2013.

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25. Gary Payton was nicknamed "The Glove" for his excellent defensive abilities.

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