In the NBA, no. But then there’s Gary Payton II, who’s not just making the same trip with the Warriors, but doing so with such grace. Payton, who was released from the league 16 days ago and is still waiting for a call, is seizing every opportunity to prove he belongs. GP2 was at his best in a 114-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets in front of a sold-out Chase Center crowd on Wednesday night.
Coach Steve Kerr stated, “He dominated the game when he was out there and really transformed everything with his defense and his activity.” “”He’s really an incredible athlete.” During his 17 minutes on the court, Payton burned the court, scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, collecting five rebounds, snatching three steals, and dishing out one assist. “Payton, a 6-foot-2 ball of kinetic energy, had the same effect on the audience, who gave him a standing ovation when he was pulled off with 2:23 left in the game and the Warriors leading by 17.
Nothing pleases local Warriors fans more than a good underdog story. Back to their days in Oakland, when they were the perennial underdogs in San Francisco. Payton is an excellent choice for the role. His father, Hall of Famer Gary Payton, is a legend in Oakland. The professional adventure of GP2 has experienced more stops and starts than rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge. I peeked out the window and saw Draymond (Green) receiving a standing ovation at the free-throw line.
“At the age of 28, he seemed to have settled down. Payton, who played largely spot minutes based on mismatches in the early games, was asked if he could expect regular minutes from Kerr. He’s the team’s energizer, having won six of their first seven games. “For him and for us, things have fallen into place,” Kerr added. He’s more than deserving of his spot on the team. He needs to get out there more. ” GP2 was re-signed by the Warriors on the first day of the season, and he fills a critical need. He’s a defensive annoyance, an unlikely lob threat, and a blast of adrenaline all rolled into one.
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