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Gary Payton wants to coach in the NBA

Gary Payton, NBA

NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton is ready to become a coach in the NBA.

In an interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Payton explained why he wants to coach in the NBA.

“A lot of young NBA players are a voice away from reaching their true potential. I would like to join an NBA staff where I can help coach, mentor and guide players toward the hard work, focus and determination needed to become a reliable contributor to a team’s success,” Gary Payton said.

“I have knowledge to share and I’m ready to help.”

Payton, 52, is currently a contributor to TNT and NBATV. He is one of the best guards in league history and would command a lot of respect in the locker room.

During his Hall of Fame career, Payton averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game with the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He made nine All-Star teams, nine All-NBA teams, nine All-Defensive teams and won the 1996 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

In 2006, Payton was part of the Heat team that won the championship over the Dallas Mavericks.

It’s going to be fascinating to see if “The Glove” gets a chance to become a coach in the NBA. Payton certainly has the credentials and knowledge to pass down to younger players.

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