Gary Payton isnt taking for granted he will be first-ballot Hall of Famer. But lets just say hes ready if it happens.
Payton already knows who his Hall of Famer presenters will be whenever he might be enshrined.
I would name two of them, John Stockton and George Gervin, Payton said in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida. "John Stockton is someone that I respect and was the toughest basketball player I played (against). George Gervin, because I admired him ever since I was (growing up). Those are guys that I respect a lot.
Payton, who played the final two of his 17 NBA seasons with Miami, retired in 2007 and is now eligible for induction after the required five-year waiting period. Finalists will be announced Feb. 15 during the NBAs All-Star Weekend in Houston and the class of 2013 revealed April 8 at the Final Four in Atlanta.
The point guard, who had his greatest years in Seattle from 1990-2003, was a nine-time All-Star who averaged 16.3 points and 6.7 assists. Nicknamed ...