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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
CHICAGO -- Look for Gary Payton on the cover of the Dream Team media guide -- you won't find him. Try the posters of the team that are being distributed -- not there either. In fact, as the team went through its second day of practice yesterday, Payton was the only guy on the court without a name on his jersey."A lot of the stuff is being changed, a lot of the posters are adding my picture to it," Payton was saying yesterday. "But it doesn't bother me. I'm just here having fun."In case you missed it, the Seattle SuperSonics' Payton is the newest member of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, named to the squad Thursday.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | December 26, 2005
MIAMI -- Gary Payton seemed to resent the amount of attention being focused on Miami Heat teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade, as well as on Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, going into yesterday's nationally televised game at AmericanAirlines Arena. "It ain't about them, it's about the Heat and the Lakers," Payton had said after practice one afternoon last week. Being shunted off as some bit player in this much-hyped Christmas Day showcase, the former All-Star guard showed that he still had some game, and swagger, left in his 37-year-old body by scoring 21 points off the bench and leading the Heat to a 97-92 victory.
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March 3, 1999
Good SportsGary PaytonGary Payton of the Seattle SuperSonics has a gift he likes to give kids every year: a special day.Last March, Gary flew three seriously ill kids from Seattle to his hometown of Oakland, Calif. The kids attended a Sonics' game.``They felt like regular kids, instead of always thinking about being sick,'' says Gary. ``It was a good day.''Sports Around the WorldBrazilBrazil is the largest country in South America. Soccer is the national sport of Brazil. Other popular sports are beach volleyball, tennis, basketball and auto racing.
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By Ken Berger and Ken Berger,NEWSDAY | June 13, 2004
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - It began with the Pistons' stunning road victory in Game 1, got better with Kobe Bryant's dramatic three-pointer that sent Game 2 to overtime, and grew more compelling with Detroit's 20-point romp in Game 3. The Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers arrive at a crossroads tonight, when the greatest mystery of these NBA Finals will be laid bare. In position to take a 3-1 lead at the Palace in Game 4, the Pistons are determined to prove that their smothering defense is doing to the Lakers what it has done all season.
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March 23, 1995
Opponent: Seattle SuperSonicsSite: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash.Time: 10:30Radio: WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)Outlook: The Sonics are coming off of Tuesday's 104-102 win in Houston. The All-Star trio of G Gary Payton (19.9 ppg), F Detlef Schrempf (19.1 ppg) and F Shawn Kemp (18.8 ppg) lead the Sonics. This is the second game of a four-game Western trip for the Bullets, who lost in Portland on Tuesday, 111-106. F Juwan Howard (sprained right ankle) missed the Portland game, but could play tonight.
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By Jerry Bembry | May 4, 1998
No. 2 Seattle (61-21) vs. No. 3 L.A. Lakers (61-21)Season series: Seattle won, 3-1.Key players: Seattle -- Gary Payton (26.0 ppg, 5.6 apg in playoffs); Vin Baker (14.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg); Hersey Hawkins (15.8 ,, ppg). Los Angeles -- Shaquille O'Neal (29.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg); Nick Van Exel (8.8 ppg, 3.3 apg), Kobe Bryant (11.3 ppg).Key matchup: Van Exel vs. Payton. Van Exel comes off the bench, but he likely will get the most minutes against Payton, the league's top defensive point guard.What the Sonics have to do to win: If Seattle is unable to contain O'Neal, it has to do a good job of containing everyone else.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2002
WASHINGTON - Most things considered, the Washington Wizards didn't play such a bad game against the Seattle SuperSonics last night, hitting 51 percent of their shots, forcing 13 turnovers and holding Gary Payton to a 6-of-18 shooting night. But when the entire picture is examined, namely the part where the SuperSonics hit 24 of 36 shots over a two-quarter span, Washington's 101-95 loss makes a bit more sense. Seattle shot an amazing 67 percent for the second and third quarters combined - 73 percent in the third alone when the SuperSonics missed only four of 15 shots.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | December 26, 2005
MIAMI -- Gary Payton seemed to resent the amount of attention being focused on Miami Heat teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade, as well as on Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, going into yesterday's nationally televised game at AmericanAirlines Arena. "It ain't about them, it's about the Heat and the Lakers," Payton had said after practice one afternoon last week. Being shunted off as some bit player in this much-hyped Christmas Day showcase, the former All-Star guard showed that he still had some game, and swagger, left in his 37-year-old body by scoring 21 points off the bench and leading the Heat to a 97-92 victory.
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By LAURA VECSEY | May 23, 2004
ONE SUSPECTS that MVP Kevin Garnett will sniff some vapors, eat some Wheaties and overcome fatigue from his amazing performance in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell can make mischief, too. So let's assume the Los Angeles Lakers won't trudge through the Western Conference finals, administering workmanlike defeats to the Minnesota Timberwolves in straight sets. At least we assume. In the meantime, in the long run, the Lakers look unbeatable. Look at what they did in Game 1 Friday night.
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By JERRY BEMBRY | June 5, 1996
SHOOTING GUARD - Michael Jordan vs. Hersey HawkinsSeattle coach George Karl has said that he will have Hawkins defend Jordan at the start of games, with Gary Payton getting the assignment at the end of the games. Hawkins, at 6-3, finds himself at a tremendous disadvantage against the 6-6 Jordan. The same will be the case with Payton, even though he was the NBA's defensive player of the year. Look for Jordan, already averaging 32.3 points in the playoffs, to increase on his scoring average.
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By LAURA VECSEY | May 23, 2004
ONE SUSPECTS that MVP Kevin Garnett will sniff some vapors, eat some Wheaties and overcome fatigue from his amazing performance in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell can make mischief, too. So let's assume the Los Angeles Lakers won't trudge through the Western Conference finals, administering workmanlike defeats to the Minnesota Timberwolves in straight sets. At least we assume. In the meantime, in the long run, the Lakers look unbeatable. Look at what they did in Game 1 Friday night.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2004
Around 10 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday night, the outlook for the NBA playoffs looked as topsy-turvy as any playoff in the past 10 years. Then, Kobe Bryant raised up with a second to go in the Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers game and hit an improbable last-second three-pointer to lift the Lakers to a Pacific Division title. Bryant's shot essentially reduced the postseason, which opens today, to the same question that has hovered over the playoffs for the past five seasons: Who can beat the Lakers four times in a seven-game series?
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2002
WASHINGTON - Most things considered, the Washington Wizards didn't play such a bad game against the Seattle SuperSonics last night, hitting 51 percent of their shots, forcing 13 turnovers and holding Gary Payton to a 6-of-18 shooting night. But when the entire picture is examined, namely the part where the SuperSonics hit 24 of 36 shots over a two-quarter span, Washington's 101-95 loss makes a bit more sense. Seattle shot an amazing 67 percent for the second and third quarters combined - 73 percent in the third alone when the SuperSonics missed only four of 15 shots.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2001
This past week hasn't exactly been a ringing endorsement for the "I Love This Game" slogan the NBA has been trumpeting for so long. To wit, the conduct of Gary Payton, Marcus Camby and Tyrone Nesby heaps more fuel on the smoldering perception that the league is out of control. Payton, 32, a two-time Olympian, was suspended by new Seattle coach Nate McMillan for having to be separated from teammate Ruben Patterson on the court during a game Wednesday, then popping off in the locker room.
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March 3, 1999
Good SportsGary PaytonGary Payton of the Seattle SuperSonics has a gift he likes to give kids every year: a special day.Last March, Gary flew three seriously ill kids from Seattle to his hometown of Oakland, Calif. The kids attended a Sonics' game.``They felt like regular kids, instead of always thinking about being sick,'' says Gary. ``It was a good day.''Sports Around the WorldBrazilBrazil is the largest country in South America. Soccer is the national sport of Brazil. Other popular sports are beach volleyball, tennis, basketball and auto racing.
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By Jerry Bembry | May 4, 1998
No. 2 Seattle (61-21) vs. No. 3 L.A. Lakers (61-21)Season series: Seattle won, 3-1.Key players: Seattle -- Gary Payton (26.0 ppg, 5.6 apg in playoffs); Vin Baker (14.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg); Hersey Hawkins (15.8 ,, ppg). Los Angeles -- Shaquille O'Neal (29.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg); Nick Van Exel (8.8 ppg, 3.3 apg), Kobe Bryant (11.3 ppg).Key matchup: Van Exel vs. Payton. Van Exel comes off the bench, but he likely will get the most minutes against Payton, the league's top defensive point guard.What the Sonics have to do to win: If Seattle is unable to contain O'Neal, it has to do a good job of containing everyone else.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
WASHINGTON -- For once this season, Washington's home fans consistently cheered for the home team. For once, President Clinton came to a game to watch the home team. For once, the Wizards were victorious on their home court.On opening night for the spanking-new MCI Center, against a Seattle SuperSonics team that entered the game with a 13-3 record, the Wizards ended a five-game, home-court losing streak with a 95-78 win before a crowd of 20,674.Juwan Howard and Tracy Murray scored 18 points and center Terry Davis added 14 for Washington, which improved to 6-11.
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By Drake Witham and Drake Witham,Special to The Sun | March 24, 1995
TACOMA, Wash. -- The Washington Bullets brought the nets down too early last night.With nine minutes to play, Chris Webber slammed home a hard dunk, giving the Bullets a 14-point lead but tearing the net in the process and forcing a 10-minute timeout to fix it.The Seattle SuperSonics responded with a 32-13 run to hand the Bullets another loss, 108-103, before 13,775 at the Tacoma Dome.Coming into the game, Washington had blown second-half leads of 21 and 18 (twice) this season."That definitely had something to do with it," Webber said, referring to the delay.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
WASHINGTON -- For once this season, Washington's home fans consistently cheered for the home team. For once, President Clinton came to a game to watch the home team. For once, the Wizards were victorious on their home court.On opening night for the spanking-new MCI Center, against a Seattle SuperSonics team that entered the game with a 13-3 record, the Wizards ended a five-game, home-court losing streak with a 95-78 win before a crowd of 20,674.Juwan Howard and Tracy Murray scored 18 points and center Terry Davis added 14 for Washington, which improved to 6-11.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
CHICAGO -- Look for Gary Payton on the cover of the Dream Team media guide -- you won't find him. Try the posters of the team that are being distributed -- not there either. In fact, as the team went through its second day of practice yesterday, Payton was the only guy on the court without a name on his jersey."A lot of the stuff is being changed, a lot of the posters are adding my picture to it," Payton was saying yesterday. "But it doesn't bother me. I'm just here having fun."In case you missed it, the Seattle SuperSonics' Payton is the newest member of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, named to the squad Thursday.
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