Former Seattle Super Sonic Gary Payton was inducted in to the Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday. Payton is one of 12 players, coaches, executives and historical figures to be enshrined in 2013 in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Payton’s careers spanned 18 year, 13 of which where spent in Seattle. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 1995-1996 season and named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team 9 times and was a 9 time NBA All-Star and All-NBA team member. The Glove also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat.
From playground to Hall of Fame for Payton, King
HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Gary Payton grew up on the West Coast and became a dominant defender. Bernard King got his start on the East Coast and developed into a great scorer.
They are two of a group of 12 being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Others include Louisville coach Rick Pitino and two former college coaches — Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis. E.B. Henderson, who introduced basketball to African-American students in Washington, D.C., and four-time ABA All-Star Roger Brown will be enshrined posthumously.
Also being inducted are North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, former Knicks guard Richie Guerin, NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik and Oscar Schmidt, who played in five Summer Olympics for Brazil.
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