Gary Payton drops hilarious truth bomb about ex-wife amid son’s breakout for Warriors
Gary Payton II has been a revelation for the Golden State Warriors this season. The 28-year-old is in the midst of arguably his best season as a pro, and his father, Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton, could not be more proud.
Gary Sr., however, had a hilarious admission as he talked about his son’s recent breakout with the Warriors. Gary II has wowed the crowds with his outstanding defense and his innate athleticism — something that has gotten his dad questioning his genes:
“He’s just athletic, man,” Gary Sr. said, via Monte Poole of NBC Sports. “I was wondering if the mailman came around when I was out of town. Wherever athletic ability came from, I’m just happy he got it.”
Gary Sr. is obviously just kidding here, but one can’t help but wonder where his son gets his hops. The Seattle SuperSonics legend wasn’t exactly the most athletic player during his heyday, which is why his son dunking all over opponents has come as a bit of a surprise for many.
Gary II is the eldest son of Gary Sr. and Monique James. Payton and James were wed in 1997 but the couple divorced after years of marriage.
Whatever the case may be, Gary Sr. is just glad that his son is finally making his mark in the NBA — and with such a big-market team such as the Warriors, no less:
“I’m happy that it’s in the Bay Area, it’s with a good Golden State team and they really found a place for him,” Garry Sr. said. “They gave him the opportunity he needed. Those other teams wouldn’t let him play this way.
“I’m so satisfied with it. I knew he could do these things. I knew he could play in the league. He just had to have the right opportunity, and now he does.”
One thing Gary II definitely got from his father is his impact on the defensive end. During his time in the NBA, Gary Payton was a menace on defense. Gary Sr. was named into the NBA All-Defense team on nine separate occasions while also bagging the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1996. According to Gary Sr., this is something that has rubbed off on his son:
“He was around me a lot and he watched what I was doing,” Gary Sr. said. “He just has a knack for it, with his long arms, good hands and feet. I used to tell him all the time that if you have good hands and feet, [you] can be a good defender. He moves well, and he’s very active.”
Gary Payton II is by no means a star and he’s not exactly going to win the Most Improved Player award this season. However, he’s an impact player for the Warriors and his ability to provide a spark from off the bench is something the Dubs will need this season.
Payton II, who first started his NBA journey back in 2016, is currently on his second season with the Warriors. The 6-foot-3 guard/forward is averaging 6.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game in just 10.2 minutes off the bench. Talk about making the most of his limited run.