Gary Payton II made a name for himself with gala performances for the Golden State Warriors. The title capped a never-ending battle by the point guard for a spot in the NBA. In one of the last chances, the player even tried to apply for the position of video coordinator for the San Francisco franchise.
Who would have guessed that one?
After his college career at Oregon State, Payton II, son of the legendary Gary Payton, “The Glove”, one of the best defenders the NBA has ever seen, was undrafted and went around the G-League in search of a spot in the main rosters. .
He played for five NBA development league teams and three more major teams on short contracts, which whenever they ran out, were not renewed. After the end of the 2020-21 season, Payton, who was with the Warriors, was released.
The odds of getting a spot seemed to be getting smaller and smaller. There was then a video coordinator spot open with the Warriors. The point guard thought about giving up the courts to analyze them from the outside, through the lens.
Luckily, a short time later, Gary Payton II was called up once again by the Warriors. Not for the video function, but to be a player. Little by little, he conquered his space and the affection of the fans. He was one of the best players in the California team's recovery and title in the 2021-22 season.
Now, Gary Payton II heads to the Portland Trail Blazers. He signed for three seasons and $26 million. His three years are guaranteed.
For those who try hard, the happy ending will always be there, but he hopes to do even more for basketball.