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Gary Payton (basketball)

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Gary Dwayne Payton (born July 23, 1968 in Oakland, California) is a professional basketball player. He is currently a point guard for the Boston Celtics and is commonly referred to by fans as simply, "The Glove", in recognition of his reputation for playing tenacious defense. He went to college at Oregon State and after 4 years was picked 2nd overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He spent his first 12 and a half seasons with the Sonics before he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a five player deal that involved Ray Allen. He only played 28 games with the Bucks.

Before the 2003-2004 season started, he decided he wanted to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. His decision was based on the fact that the Lakers would be the team with whom he would have the best chance of winning a championship that had eluded him for so long. He got very close, but the Lakers lost to the Detroit Pistons in the 5th game of the best-out-of-7 championship series. After his poor showing in the 2004 playoffs, many sports analysts voiced suspicions that he would exercise his contract option to stay with the Lakers and maintain his current salary. The Lakers traded both Payton and Rick Fox to the Boston Celtics for center Chris Mihm, small forward Jumaine Jones and point guard Chucky Atkins. While Payton expressed displeasure with the trade and threatened to retire rather than play for the Celtics, he ultimately did report and started the 2004-2005 season as the Celtics' starting point guard.

On February 24 2005 Payton was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that brought former Celtic Antoine Walker back to Boston. The Hawks waived Payton immediately following the trade, only to have him return a week later to Boston as a free agent.

Career highlights

- 2 Olympic Gold Medals with USA: 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta) and 2000 Olympic Games (Sydney).

-Widely considered to be the greatest perimeter defender in NBA history

-Only player in NBA history to accumulate 20,000 points, 2,000 steals, and 8,000 assists in career

-2-time All-NBA selection ('98,'00)

-9-time NBA All-Star Selection ('94-'98, '00-'03)

-1995-96 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

-Record 9 All-Defensive First Team selection, all consecutively ('94-'02)

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2000 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball
Shareef Abdur-Rahim | Ray Allen | Vin Baker | Vince Carter | Kevin Garnett | Tim Hardaway | Allan Houston | Jason Kidd | Antonio McDyess | Alonzo Mourning | Gary Payton | Steve Smith
Coach Rudy Tomjanovich


1996 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball
Charles Barkley | Anfernee Hardaway | Grant Hill | Karl Malone | Reggie Miller | Hakeem Olajuwon | Shaquille O'Neal | Gary Payton | Scottie Pippen | Mitch Richmond | David Robinson | John Stockton
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