Gary Payton is an NBA legend who had a long and storied career spanning several decades.
As such, he has some great stories.
This past week, Payton appeared on Kenyon Martin’s “Neat & Unfiltered podcast and talked about a bevy of topics.
One particularly interesting subject of conversation? Payton revealing which NBA coach he absolutely wanted to kill.
Apparently, when he was with the Seattle SuperSonics, he absolutely despised George Karl. Martin could relate to this, because he hated Karl when the two were both members of the Denver Nuggets.
“I used to want to kill George’s a– every other f—ing day,” Payton said.
“I wanted to beat his head in, you know what I’m saying? But it was [assistant coach Tim] Grgurich who (talked me down).
“You got to understand, Grgurich came from (coaching) guys like that at UNLV, so he knew how to get with us. He always went and recruited guys like ourselves, coming from neighborhoods (like we grew up in), where he knew we just needed to be let loose.
That’s one way to watch a game. https://t.co/rlfZSR4DDe
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“Don’t put all that boundaries on us. Man, let us get loose, let us do what we got to do! And that’s why we all love him to death because he knew what we needed. I get it because some nights on them teams, you’re gonna to want to kill somebody, you’re gonna want to kill somebody.”
Karl is currently one of only nine coaches in NBA history to win more than 1,000 games, but obviously he had a tendency of rubbing guys the wrong way.