As we near Seattle Supersonics legend Gary Payton getting inducted to the Basketball Hall Of Fame, many writers and pundits are looking back on his career in the association with fondness.
Recently, GP talked with Yahoo Sports Marc Spears about his upcoming enshrinement and mentioned in a question than Utah Jazz guard John Stockton was a tougher cover than Michael Jordan:
Q: You say Stockton was the hardest to guard, but what about guarding Michael Jordan?
A: “Those battles were a little easier. I would have Jordan get mad at me and go back at me. He knew he was really talented and could do whatever he wanted to. But [Stockton] was more of a challenge to me than guarding someone that would talk back to me. When you talk back to me and say something to me it made my game go to another level. John was one who wouldn’t say nothing and you couldn’t figure him out. He’d keep going in the pick and rolls and he and Karl Malone would score a big bucket. At times I would guard Jordan and get him mad and into other things.”
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