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Gary Payton Praises Kobe, Tells Dwight Howard to “Get it Together”

Remember Gary Payton? He’s that guy that played for the Lakers in 2003-04 and is going to end up in the Hall of Fame this season. Oh, and he had a pretty superb career as a member of the Seattle Super Sonics before coming to Los Angeles and eventually winning a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.

Anyways, Payton was on ESPN’s SportsNation recently to film a segment titled “Cardboard Clownin’,” which is not to be confused with Cardboard Gerald.

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In the segment, Payton tells “Kobe Bryant” that he’s still the best player in the NBA, and has some harsh words for the fake Dwight Howard. I was wondering if Payton would be quite so brash if he were staring down the real Dwight Howard and not the corrugated version, but then I remembered that Payton’s one of the greatest trash talkers the league has ever seen.

Regardless, here’s the video from SportsNation.


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  • Thepurplemamba

    Haha kobe the best

  • L27

    True Kobe Bryant is the best

  • tusweet

    Lakers need to get it going!!! Maybe they should trade D-Howard!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaka.saphir Shaka Saphir

    FOR ALL YOU TESTICLE HUGGING LABRON FANS OUT THERE, WHO DON’T KNOW SQUAT ABOUT WHAT MAKES A GREAT PLAYER AND IT DOESN’T HAVE SHIT TO DO WITH STATISTICS,YOU COULD TAKE ANY GREAT FORMER NBA PLAYER AND PUT HIM IN A SITUATION WHERE THE ENTIRE OFFENSE IS GEARED FOR HIM TO BE THE FOCAL POINT,BUT THAT SURE AS HELL DOESN’T MAKE HIM THE BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA. LABRON IS IN THE SAME SITUATION AS WAS MJ IN THAT THEIR TEAMS WERE BUILT AROUND THEM DOING WHAT THEIR TALENTS DICTATED THAT THEY DO BASED ON THE TEAMS THEY PLAYED FOR. YOU TAKE KOBE AND PUT HIM IN THOSE SCENARIO’S AND HIS STATISTICS WOULD BE THE SAME AS BOTH MJ AND LABRON. 5 OF KOBE’S 17 YEARS IN THE LEAGUE WERE SHARED WITH ANOTHER MEGA STAR IN SHAQ AND NOW HE HAS TO CHANGE HIS GAME ONCE AGAIN TO MESH WITH THE TALENTS OF BOTH NASH & HOWARD. EVEN GIVEN THAT SCENARIO,KOBE HAS STILL APPROACHED AND/OR SURPASSED MANY OF MJ’S STATISTICAL RECORDS W/5 CHAMPIONSHIPS. HAVING TO ALTER YOUR INDIVIDUAL GAME AND STILL BE ABLE TO WIN 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS,IN MY OPINION,THAT IS WHAT MAKES THE GREATEST PLAYER IN NBA HISTORY IF THERE IS SUCH A THING. LABRON HAS WON ALL OF ONE CHAMPIONSHIP AND HAD TO SWITCH TEAMS TO DO THAT AND WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE,HE WON’T APPROACH EITHER MJ NOR KOBE IN NUMBER OF CHAMPIONSHIPS WON.

    • Busta213

      Lol, so you are saying that only 5 of Kobes years were shared with Shaq, but the rest of his 12 years where he was the main star in LA werent enough for him to match numbers with LeBron and MJ?
      Kobe has worse stats because he is a selfish gunner who loves taking hero shots – low %age shots while covered by multiple defenders. LeBron and MJ were much smarter in that regard.
      You think Kobe is the best player ever because you have a man-crush on him and dont know too much about NBA history. He hasnt surpassed MJ and LeBron is already better than Kobe was at his peak. Sorry.

  • Crystal

    My boy…I always liked Gary Payton. He never held anything back and plus he’s just telling it like it is. Dwight needs to get it together! LOL at him hitting the cardboard. “You hear me? Do you hear me? Alright…nevermind.” LMAO

  • tobe

    Kobe is the best! That other guy….wait…those other guys (wade/james) only wish they were Kobe. James chose to go to another mans team. Therefore, he is a tagalong, piggy back rider, who cajt get it done. If he (james) was/is the “chosen one” why he didnt stand w/his own team in Cleveland???? He is a less than man, a coward, punk, weakling. Kobe is a man who doesnt run. Kobe stands against all odds. Neither of the two cry babies willl never amount to the caliber of Kobe.

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