That got the competitive juices flowing. Payton who already says that a championship will be the only satisfactory finish to the season, makes a prediction for opening night.
"I'm going to get a dunk that first game," Payton said. "I'm going to be so hyped."
When he gets hyped, the mouth gets going. The oral onslaught can get so intense that former teammate Michael Cage once said, "When you're done, you just want to go find a library or something, someplace totally silent."
Payton is one of the all-time great trash talkers, but he laments the declining level of yapping in today's league. Not even Reggie Miller or Antoine Walker can give him a good battle anymore, he said.
"Any young cat, if he pops off, I'm going to go right at him," Payton said. "You know I'm going to go at him."
source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-ada ... nes-sports