Gary 'The Glove' Payton, the 13- year player for the Seattle Supersonics, has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Payton was a nine-time NBA all-star and nine-time NBA all-defensive first team selection during his 17-year career. He was an All-NBA first team selection in both 1998 and 2000 and was named the NBA defensive player of the year in 1996. The two-time Olympic gold medalist ended his NBA career ranking fourth all-time in steals and eighth in assists. Despite these amazing accolades, he stayed humble the day before being enshrined.
"It means everything in the world," said Payton. "I never thought that I would be here. It's a pleasure, it's a privilege, it's a God blessing that I'm here and people are recognizing that I am one of the greatest basketball players to ever play. It's going to be one of the moments in my life that I will always cherish."
Aside from Payton, the only other player to be inducted to the Hall by the North American Committee was Bernard King. Coaches included Guy Lewis, Rick Pitino, and Jerry Tarkanian. As for women, Dawn Staley was inducted as a player while Sylvia Hatchell went in as a coach. Congrats to 'The Glove' and all other inductees.