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Payton Interview By
in Jan, 2001
Payton on Patrick Ewing: Well if he can stay healthy and get
us to go against guys like Shaq, Robinson, Duncan, and all them guys, and
give us some beef up front, I think, in experience, I know in the playoffs
referees give him a little bit of respect, and it gets more intense in
the playoffs, and if we can have that and neutralize the big guns if we
get in the playoffs, whoever we play, against centers like that, it'll
help us in the long run.
Payton on his suspension: I'm the same guy, I'm not going to
change, I'm just the same guy I've been. When I left before the suspension
I was the same, now I'm the same after this... I don't even like to talk
about it no more.
Payton on people talking: People always say something...I just play
basketball, and as long as we get wins, they don't have anything to say...
Payton on whether he wants to finish his career in Seattle:
Yeah. I mean, I'm not even worried about that, I don't want to talk about
that no more, everybody always talking about trades, whatever, whatever
happens, life is going to happen, I can't change what's going to happen
in life, I'm tired of talking about that, whatever happens, happens....
as long as I'm here I'm going to try to be the leader and try to do what
I can to make us win.
Payton on Patrick Ewing, more:
It's hard, but you gotta understand Patrick is older in his career and
he's taking a role where he's being a professional about it... he knew
when he was coming here me and Vin was going to get a lot of touches and
stuff like that, and he just accepted that, this is where he wanted to
Payton on yelling at teammates: I don't yell at teammates, ya'll (the
media) say I yell at teammates. I don't yell at teammates. We talk to each
other and if it comes out in a way where I'm firey where it's going to
be "lets get there, get there, get there" then that's how it's going to
Payton on team problems:
Ya'll overblowing it (Gary means the media as a whole, he's not dissin
us personally!), that's what it is. The media's overblowing it, I don't
get it. I don't get it. I don't see no problem. Every time something happens
we always come back and play basketball, and everybody on the team plays,
so... that's just the way it is.