Report: Gary Payton selects John Stockton as Hall of Fame presenter

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  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    April 10, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Garrrrrrr reeeee!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 6, 2013 5:42 a.m.


    Let's forget the hate speech that Max Hall expressed years ago. What was left out of this by the media (because of the strong words of hate) was an investigation into the claims Max made about his family and how they were treated by Utah fans around them. The rant and claims here were exaggerated. Nobody poured beer on Max's family.

    It's not like only Utah fans are out of line. I have been to many BYU games over the last 30 years and seen outrageous stuff down in Provo as well as at Rice Eccles. It's the disgusting part of the rivalry that the media loves to fuel.

    Yes some Utah fans do hate BYU (unfortunately). And some BYU fans see Ute fans as lesser citizens and then expect them to have respect for the Lords and Vassels of the valley and beyond. But what do we know? "We won't put down our weapons"

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    April 5, 2013 10:14 p.m.

    Ducky & Holiday - Wow. So sad.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    April 5, 2013 10:05 p.m.

    @CJ.... I don't think Stockton wants to coach. One of the things that makes him great in my eyes is that he was able to walk away on his terms, embracing the opportunity to spend time with family and out of the spotlight are two examples of why he was/is respected.

    Props to Gary Payton, I remember watching him play against the Jazz as a Sonic. He was one of that group of players Stockton, Malone, Robinson, Jordan, Barkley, Bird, Magic, Pippen etc. that made that era special.

  • Utes home for the holidays Sandy, UT
    April 5, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    Duckhunter you are spot on in your assessment. Ute fans spew their hate and then expect byu fan to act differently. Hypocrisy at its finest. I am glad you get them upset. If they act just as max hall described they deserve anything that is said by byu fans and then some. After seeing the posters their fans bring to games, it would be impossoble to say something to ute fans they dont deserve Keep doing what you do duck!

    As for Payton, congratulations. And I always will love Stockton.

  • CJL2020 Provo, UT
    April 5, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    As crafty and clever as Stockton was/is I can't imagine why Jazz ownership never brought him on as an assistant coach. Especially given the way Corbin has coached the team we could use some options when they finally get around to replacing him.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    April 5, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    He just showed me he deserves to be a Hall Of Famer. Nice job "glove".

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    April 5, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    I Love this!! Gary Payton was always my very favorite player outside of the Jazz. He was fun to watch and played hard. I'm happy that he will be in the Hall of Fame.

    (Go Jazzboys tonight! It's not over yet!)

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 5, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    Wow this is cool!

    This is a genuine question... Are there respected relationships like this in the game today? I really don't know. I'm trying to picture this scenario happening in 20 years with the current group of players.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Duckhunter, If actual rivals -- who actually played in actual games -- can be respectful of one another, I don't understand why people who've never been on the inside of an official jersey can't. If no one ever responded to Chris or Naval, wouldn't they just fade away?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 5, 2013 9:20 a.m.


    Payton and Stockton are finished playing, the rivalry is over. That is not the case with BYU and utah, that continues.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    April 5, 2013 6:08 a.m.

    I remember Payton always said Stockton was the only player he would not trash talk because of the respect he had.

    The Glove was great. He was dominant at both ends of the floor and could even post up.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2013 1:28 a.m.

    Would be nice if Ute and Cougar fans showed as much respect and class toward one another as Payton and Stockton.

    I won't be holding my breath...

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 4, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    Payton...always respected John would often hear john stockton's name on Gary's interviews on who he thinks is the best player he played of em is John Stockton....tons of videos on youtube...where payton is praising John Stockton...unlike Kenny the jet smith who is sour graping and saying John was a dirty player...Payton understood why John was like that....John plays to win...every night....and does everything he win...even setting up those nice screens...

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    April 4, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    The glove was fun to watch and his trash talk was strategic. Great guy off the court.
    The lockout year really hurt him as his co-star Shawn kemp put on 40 lbs and Gary had to wait to be traded to the Lakers to get his best shot or a ring.
    ...oh the good ole days

  • Obi-Jon Kenobi Layton, UT
    April 4, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    Gary Payton just went way up in my estimation.