There’s no doubt, Gary Payton is a throwback player. The former Seattle Supersonics legend and Hall of Fame player recently took part in ‘Gary Payton Night’ at his alma mater Oregon State and was asked about the game he loves – specifically NBA ball.
Pressed on what he likes about today’s game, Payton answered honestly and bluntly – suggesting there was nothing he enjoyed about it.
The Glove ripped on the game’s current state, suggesting that players were selfish, less-talented and that the game itself was soft.
Of course, for a player who made his trademark with his elite defense, the lack of hand checking has to be a difficult thing to watch.
Payton did give some love out, hinting he was a big fan of Tony Parker, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo – but essentially ended his praises there. He also suggested that he thinks the NBA would be a much better product if they forced college athletes to stay a few more years in school.
Pretty hard to disagree.