Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

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Postby JSM on Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:37 pm

Sounds good to me. Best defensive PG to lace them up. Any tips he can give to this inadequate squad on that side of the ball would be fantastic. He's in good enough shape to get out there in practice and show the young kids a thing or two. Plus his smack talking to players, coaches, refs, and media alike would be welcomed. Might light a fire under a few Lakers and if he starts in on Bron, might just make the "King" cry. :man9:
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Re: Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

Postby trodgers on Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:28 pm

Rooscooter wrote:Who's going to translate?......

I mean, the viewer at home might sometimes need a translation, but I think he speaks to that generation below his.

Why hire Payton for a defensive coach, though, when we have a fundamentals guru on CL?
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Re: Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:33 pm

trodgers wrote:
Why hire Payton for a defensive coach, though, when we have a fundamentals guru on CL?


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is Payton going to coach dribbling through a maze of little orange cones or is he bringing his vertical jump-o-meter to practice?
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Re: Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

Postby trodgers on Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:21 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
trodgers wrote:
Why hire Payton for a defensive coach, though, when we have a fundamentals guru on CL?


:man3:

is Payton going to coach dribbling through a maze of little orange cones or is he bringing his vertical jump-o-meter to practice?

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Postby ElginTheGreat on Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:30 pm

Again, there is just no pleasing you guys sometimes. :man10: :man10: :man10:

Payton would be a nice addition to the staff. Great guy for our guards to learn defense from.
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Re: Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

Postby Kobe8Fan on Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:41 am

Gary Payton On Becoming An Assistant coach: “I’m Getting Interested Now”

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The question isn’t “does Gary Payton have the basketball knowledge to coach in the NBA?” If you’ve ever spoken to the Hall of Famer, you know he does.

The question is the lifestyle — an NBA assistant coach spends a lot of time watching and breaking down film, working with guys late after practice, putting in long hours and dealing with a lot of travel for not a ton of money or glory. It’s a grinding job.

Does Payton want to make that sacrifice?

There is reportedly interest from Jason Kidd in Milwaukee and Byron Scott in Los Angeles as they fill out their coaching staffs, and Payton said on Fox Sports 1 Wednesday that he is 50/50 on the idea.

“This stuff is just rumors right now,” Payton said. “I went to Summer League and I was with Jason (Kidd) for a long period of time and we had a couple of conversations.

“I’m getting interested now. A lot of guys knew I wasn’t interested in coaching, but now I’m getting a little interested. I see these young guys out here that needs some help and some guidance from a guy like me. It’s there, but I like what I’m doing right now, I like Fox Sports 1.

“It’s just talk right now. I got to put my mind to it, I got to think about making sacrifices and doing other things. But you know if I get into basketball I don’t know what will happen. I could be a head coach in three, four, five years I just don’t know.”


Payton lives in Los Angeles much of the year now, that seems a more likely landing spot than Milwaukee, despite the ties to Kidd.

Back when he played, “The Glove” was known as a defensive stopper, but the hand check and contact on the perimeter rules are enforced differently now. Payton has told PBT he’s not sure how well he could defend in today’s game — he had great battles with Michael Jordan but he could get physical with MJ in a way that just can’t be done anymore.

Not that Payton couldn’t help a lot of guys with defensive positioning, fundamentals and knowing the system. Plus, don’t forget Payton was just an all-around great point guard at both ends. The man knows the game.

Does he want to coach it is the question.


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Re: Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

Postby gcclaker on Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:22 pm

^When Bryant strung together All-NBA Defensive First Team nominations early in his career, he credited Payton on advise for tips. In a way, yes, The Glove could be a good assistant coach. Of course, it will depend on whether the player has the ability and more importantly the mindset.
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Re: Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

Postby LTLakerFan on Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:30 pm

Like Gary mentioned above, it's a grind and it's not for a lot of money. Does he really want to maybe eventually be a "head coach", as you wonder if he'd just come back for the game and being with the guys again. But man, all the travel and probably much longer hours and more work, when he's pretty comfortable now?
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Re: Gary Payton A Candidate For The Lakers' Coaching Staff

Postby gcclaker on Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:33 pm

LTLakerFan wrote:Like Gary mentioned above, it's a grind and it's not for a lot of money. Does he really want to maybe eventually be a "head coach", as you wonder if he'd just come back for the game and being with the guys again. But man, all the travel when he's pretty comfortable now.

Personally, if I were financially set as he is now, I sure as hell wouldn't. Riley once said that certain individuals are "lifers" when it came to The League and involvement in it whether it be in the coaching ranks or in management. Payton doesn't strike me as one.
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