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Gary Payton is one of the greatest defensive players to have ever played the game of basketball. He is also widely considered one of the greatest point guards of all time. He was known as “The Glove ” for his defensive prowess.

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Gary represents the no-nonsense defensive kind of basketball that was prevalent in the nineties and early two-thousands. And it seems like he is not a fan of the current era of basketball.

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In a recent interview, Gary talked about the current generation of the NBA. He is visible in the basketball scene right now because his son is currently playing for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, and Gary supports him by going to his games.

Gary said, ” This era is about shooting threes, getting up and down, and entertainment. It is what it is … but I played in what I think was the best era ever. I think the ’90s was the best era ever.” 

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This is not the first time an NBA veteran has criticized the current era of basketball. There have been many instances where old NBA players have expressed their displeasure with the way the game is now.

They are usually not happy with the amount of three points attempts a team takes and the “soft defense” which is played in the league now.

Gary “The Glove” Payton who did it all

The Seattle SuperSonics selected Gary Payton as the second overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft. Gary was a complete point guard.

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At the peak of his powers, he could score as well as any other point guard in the game and was solid defensively. During the 1990s Payton, alongside Shawn Kemp, formed the “Sonic Boom”.

Lakers Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Gary Payton walk off the court as the Lakers defeated the Timberwolves in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at the Staples Center. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Along with Shawn Kemp, he would lead the Seattle SuperSonics to the 1996 NBA Finals. They would lose the Finals to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in six games. Until Marcus Smart won it this year, Gary Payton was the only point guard to have ever won the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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Let us know in the comments below your favorite memory of Gary Payton.

 

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Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.

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