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Richie2k6 08-29-2007 11:58 AM

Why is Payton coming back?
 
The Heat's chances for a championship are slim to none, he won't get traded because who wants a, what, 39 year old? His career numbers are only going to go down, he's only going to get less minutes than he did last year with Smush Parker on the Heat now. The only reason he could have is that he loves to play basketball and doesn't care if he doesn't have a good season. If he want another championship, he isn't going to get one next year. The Heat's chances are slim to none.

So, why is he going to play again? I just don't see the point.

silencespeak 08-29-2007 12:01 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
this is news to me, i'm 90% certain he's not returning.

BFRESH44 08-29-2007 12:01 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
Gary Payton is not under contract with Miami, he is a free agent.

boozehound 08-29-2007 12:03 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
probably not coming back to the heat. From ISH rumors page

Gary Payton, unhappy how last season ended, decided he wants to play another season, his agent said, and thought he probably would return to the Heat before Pat Riley said otherwise publicly last week. Miami Herald

bjtrdff 08-29-2007 12:03 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
He needs to go off into the sunset. he got his ring, had a great career, but he just doesn't have enough in the tank to have the role that he wants.

dejordan 08-29-2007 12:17 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
if payton comes back it will be to help feed latrell's family and get his boat out of hock.

biisak 08-29-2007 12:19 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Richie2k6
His career numbers are only going to go down.



Only "fans" who put too much emphasis on stats care about this. Think he gives a **** about that? Think MJ cared that his career ppg dropped below 30.0 after two seasons in washington? Maybe GP just loves playing basketball. I mean you would kill to play there, why are you wondering why he wanna enjoy it for as long as possible?

Jakez On Point11 08-29-2007 12:23 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
No Idea.

Optimus Prime 08-29-2007 12:28 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
:roll: :applause:

Seriously though, this would be sick:

GP goes to the Celtics to give them a veteran backup PG.
SPREE comes to the Celtics because he has a family to feed, a yacht to free, and his rims shop is going through hard times.

DO IT AINGE! :banana: :banana: :banana:

Quote:

Originally Posted by dejordan
if payton comes back it will be to help feed latrell's family and get his boat out of hock.


Sharas 08-29-2007 12:29 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
still, i don't think heat fans will complain.

and you underestimate love for the game of some guys. not everyone is like darius miles.

Lebron23 08-29-2007 12:29 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 



Gary Payton just sit, retire and relax you have nothing else to prove. You finally won an NBA Championship Ring, 2X Gold Medalist in the Olympics (1996, 2000). Defensive Player of the year in 1996, 9-time NBA All-Star: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 9 time ALL NBA Team, and 9-time All-Defensive First Team member: 1994–2002 (shares record )


If you love basketball so much maybe return next year as an assistant coach of the Oklahoma Super Sonics.

matt1016 08-29-2007 12:32 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Richie2k6

So, why is he going to play again? I just don't see the point.


I think that some of these guys stick around well into the twilight of their careers for the off-the-court stuff. Maybe he'll miss travelling around the country, hazing rookies, handing out beat-downs in front of gentleman's clubs, and the comraderie. The off-the-court stuff must be more fun when you don't have such a big role on the court anymore - you can hit the clubs a bit more and party.

Also, I think some of these guys get to the end of their career, notice that they don't have a whole lot of money invested, and that $1 million veteran minimum salary doesn't look so bad.

CAYO 08-29-2007 12:33 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
MAY BE HE WANTS TO FINISH FIFTH IN THE ALL TIME ASSISTS LIST.:confusedshrug:

Kebab Stall 08-29-2007 12:33 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by boozehound
probably not coming back to the heat. From ISH rumors page

Gary Payton, unhappy how last season ended, decided he wants to play another season, his agent said, and thought he probably would return to the Heat before Pat Riley said otherwise publicly last week. Miami Herald

If he's unhappy with the way last season panned out then he's most likely looking for a team that has a legitament shot at a title. Maybe the Spurs, maybe even Mavs, I don't know. I doubt his reason would be that he just wants to play, otherwise he would sign with any old team.

SRZ66 08-29-2007 12:51 PM

Re: Why is Payton coming back?
 
he wants to come back bc he likes seeing shaq naked in the locker room


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