Seattle Supersonics legend Gary Payton was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Here's his enshrinement speech, via PBT.
Via YouTube user NBAHighlightClips, here's Payton's speech.
A few choice quotes from a clearly emotional Glove:
"If anyone wants to know where I get my personality, just stop any one of my siblings, and it'll become very clear."
"Everyone's asking me why (John Stockton) is the hardest person to guard instead of Michael Jordan. First off, that's my opinion. So that's how it's going to go."
Payton only thanked George Karl in passing, and instead credited most of his success to assistant Tim Grgurich.
"For my Sonics teammates, I share this honor with you. Epecially the Reign Man, Shawn Kemp. You all talk about Lob City over there with the Clippers? We were the original Lob City."
"It's been a pleasure to represent the world's greatest brand (Nike)."
"As players, we dream of this moment, but we don't expect to be standing here. Bu I really, really liked my chance of getting here."
"And I don't forget, I am the greatest trash-talker of all time, Reggie (Miller). But you know what? I can back it up."
"(My trash talking) was all for my crazy love of the game... I don't regret the way I went about it and I'm a strong man today as a result. But I can't help but think I could have given more to the game that gave so much to me. My career is complete. Gary Payton is evolving, but GP is in the Hall of Fame."
Payton finished his career with an average of 17 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals with an 18.9 PER over 17 NBA seasons