Sometimes I get irritated by athletes who won't offer comment. Then again, I often get annoyed by guys who do.
Case in point: Gary Payton. He really should not comment. On anything. Ever.
In one breath, he says: "I need a championship." Then in another: "If a team fits me, that I'm going to have a championship, then I'm going to work with it. But other than that, Milwaukee's still the first option." Later, he added: "I'm at my peak. I'm 34 years old, still playing, still putting up numbers. I don't think I can settle for less."
Allow me to translate: Gary wants everyone to believe he has the heart of a champion and wants a ring desperately, but what he really wants is to be paid top dollar, and that means staying in Milwaukee, which probably won't win a title in Gary's lifetime. Gary, even at his relatively advanced NBA age, is still like a lot of the younger guys who come into the NBA in that he equates money with respect. Gary wants a championship, as long as there's no sacrifice involved.
Actually, maybe Gary is doing teams a favor. If you're a contender looking for that talented veteran presence to put your club over the top, forget Gary, because Gary has been, and always will be, all about Gary.
He makes since to me. Do we really want Payton on the Lakers?