Starting Lineups: Because You Probably Missed Gary Payton's Hall Of Fame Speech

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I've got a real issue with the NBA Hall of Fame ceremonies that take place every year in September. For one, I don't think it's presented very well. For two, I hate that the Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. For three, why in hades is the enshrinement on the opening weekend of the NFL schedule? None of this makes any sense and I'm fed up.

With that being said, my all-time favorite point guard was officially installed as a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class on Sunday, as Gary Payton's name was called to join the all-time greats.

There's no reason to recite The Glove's accolades in this space, but there's no question that Payton is universally respected across the board as being the best defensive point guard of all time along with being one of the 10 best point guards of all time. Along with an elite-level ability to trash talk, we had no choice but to give love to The Glove.

(My trash talking) was all for my crazy love of the game... I don't regret the way I went about it and I'm a strong man today as a result. But I can't help but think I could have given more to the game that gave so much to me. My career is complete. Gary Payton is evolving, but GP is in the Hall of Fame. -- Gary Payton

Below is the enshrinement speech of Payton, where his praise of John Stockton is a cool moment where greatness recognizes greatness. Also, GP acknowledges his "George Foreman moment" when he named two of his sons Gary II and Gary Jr. (LOL) and big ups his home by talking about the Yay Area.

Enjoy the speech, and enjoy your fresh out the oven reading material for Monday morning.

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3 Replies to “Starting Lineups: Because You Probably Missed Gary Payton's Hall Of Fame Speech”

  1. My mother and stepfather live in Springfield so I have fond memories of visiting the Hall in its smaller days. This is all the more reason it just ticks me off that the Hall would hold their HALL OF FAME ceremony during NFL Opening weekend. Now, I'm not expecting it to rival the Canton show any time soon, but they've got to do better than this. To honor such great talent but not have it on more visible display just doesn't make sense.

    Let's look at this - while they're celebrating the legacy, the league's biggest star (LBJ) is in Dallas with a Cowboys hat on. Something is wrong with that picture.

  2. Why not just do the Hall of Fame inductions in July? Or even August?

    Also, what's wrong with LeBron being at the Cowboys game? It's not like current players have a tradition of going to the induction ceremony every year.

  3. Forget LeBron. The hell was Hulk Hogan doing there? Talk about the oddest collection of celebrity in Cowboys/AT&T Stadium history.

    I've been hoping to go to Springfield for years, but my boys are all into having lives and ish. "Hey, I love my fiancee, we're going to get married that weekend!" or "Hey, we're celebrating our anniversary!" or my favorite, "Jay, I have class that weekend. You remember the MBA hustle, right?"

    Damn them all.

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