On the court, Gary Payton was an elite talent – one of the best point guards we’ve ever seen, especially on the defensive end. He also had no trouble talking on the court, mouthing off to anybody and everybody he could.
Unfortunately, that skill hasn’t exactly translated well off the floor as Payton recently took part in an analyst role for Fox Sports and seemingly tried a little too hard.
While attempting to break down highlights between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, Payton began giving praise to ‘Rick Balboa’, more commonly known as ‘Rocky Balboa’ and decided to bestow honors like ‘layup king’ to C.J. Watson – because, when I think layup’s, I think C.J. Watson.
Those weren’t event the highlights of the program though as ‘The Glove’ apparently must have a special place in his heart for the vintage (though recently re-released) NBA JAM video game.
Multiple times through the piece, Payton could be heard doing his best commentator impersonation, reciting out ‘HE’S ON FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE’ over and over again.
H/T Awful Announcing