Gary Payton uses his IPad to thank everyone in Hall of Fame speech

payton-hall-of-fameThis Sunday, NBA great, former guard of the Seattle Supersonics, Gary Payton has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

He was presented by two other NBA greats, Hall of Famers, John Stockton and George “the Iceman” Gervin.

Payton began his speech by saying that “everyone is using papers, I’ll use IPad, I hope it doesn’t go out.”

He thanked a lot of people during his speech, including his family, friends, former teammates, coaches, and trainers.

NBA Commissioner David Stern, and many other coaches and former players were present at the ceremony, including Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Reggie Miller, Jason Kidd, and others.

It should be noted that Shawn Kemp and Payton led the Seattle Supersonics to the NBA Finals in 1995-96, where they fell to the Chicago Bulls, who went on to win two more championships in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Payton stayed until Feb. 20, 2003, when he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks and reunited with Karl.

Payton enjoyed a successful 17-year NBA career, and he’s best known for his 13-year tenure in Seattle, where he established himself as one of the best defensive point guards of all-time.

Payton played 1335 games in the NBA (1233 started), averaging 16.3 points and 6.7 assists over the course of his career. He averaged over 20 points in seven of his 17 seasons, with his career-high average of 24.2 points coming in the 1999-2000 season.

The point guard reached three NBA Finals, appearing in one each for the Sonics, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. Payton finally got that elusive first ring as a member of the 2005-06 Heat.


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