Warriors guard reacts to Michael Jordan’s comments about ‘the Last Dance’
Gary Payton II, a sixth-year guard for the Golden State Warriors, is off to one of his best starts.
With Basketball Hall of Famer and Seattle SuperSonics legend Gary Payton as his father, he has a lot to live up to.
The elder Payton finally won an NBA title as a role player with the Miami Heat in the 16th of his 17 NBA seasons, and it’s no coincidence that “The Glove” won his championship after Michael Jordan had retired – for the final time.
Of course, during the 1996 NBA Finals, Payton came close to winning his first title, but the SuperSonics fell to Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, 4-2, as chronicled in last summer’s television mini-series hit “The Last Dance.”
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In the sixth episode, when GP2’s father told the documentary crew that he thought the series “flipped” when he switched to full-time guarding of MJ, it became one of the most famous moments from the series co-produced by ESPN Films and Netflix.
Jordan’s laugh when he heard Payton’s words became an even more memorable scene from “The Last Dance.”
Mike wasn’t sweating the Glove (hashtag)TheLastDance pic.twitter.comZ8NG7qN5hW Gary Payton thought he found a way to get to MJ…
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Payton II was asked about Jordan’s epic reaction to his father’s comments during an appearance on 95.7 The Game’s “Morning Roast” on Wednesday.
‘We Ain’t Got No Friends Between Those [Lines],’ says Payton II.
Payton II, who was born on December 1, 1992, was only three years old when his father and Jordan faced off in the 1996 NBA Finals, and he had no idea what was going on.
He now has a better understanding of the situation.
“No, I’m aware of their feuds,” he explained.
“They have a lot of respect for each other.”
On the other hand, you have a job to do on the court.
We ain’t got no friends between those lines.
Off the court, I’m sure they command a lot of respect.”
This season, Payton II has set career highs in points, rebounds, and steals.
Payton II signed his first 10-day contract with the Wizards after playing 18 games with the Milwaukee Bucks over two seasons, 11 games with the Los Angeles Lakers, and 32 games with the Washington Wizards over the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons…
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