RealGM - Payton Believes Stockton Was Tougher To Guard Than Jordan

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  1. Utah Jazz Newsfeed

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    Gary Payton believed John Stockton was the toughest player for him to guard, and that includes defending Michael Jordan.
    When asked about defending Jordan, Payton said: "Those battles were a little easier. I would have Jordan get mad at me and go back at me. He knew he was really talented and could do whatever he wanted to. But [Stockton] was more of a challenge to me than guarding someone that would talk back to me. When you talk back to me and say something to me it made my game go to another level. John was one who wouldn't say nothing and you couldn't figure him out. He'd keep going in the pick and rolls and he and Karl Malone would score a big bucket. At times I would guard Jordan and get him mad and into other things."
    Payton feels he was better than Stockton, but he concedes that the former Utah Jazz guard had a remarkable basketball IQ.
    "I really think I was better as an athlete and in everything all-around," Payton said. "But he was just a smarter basketball player than us. He just got it done. I do think I was a better basketball player. I can do more things skills-wise. He just showed he knew how to play the game and that was the biggest difference."


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  2. Dr. Jones

    Dr. Jones In pursuit of #9 Contributor

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    Agree, mostly. But a way homer feel if honest.
     
  3. ♪alt13

    ♪alt13 Well-Known Member

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    Jordan was by far a better player, but Payton was able to disrupt his game a bit. Stockton had the same game against Payton that he did most people who guarded him I think he truly did frustrate Payton.

    Payton isn't saying that Stockton was better than Jordan.
     
  4. addictionary

    addictionary Well-Known Member

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    Payton hated Jordan up to his nerve ends. But a great honorary comment for Stockton.
     
  5. jazzyapma

    jazzyapma Well-Known Member

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    Why do I picture a blonde chick when I read Payton?
     
  6. ♪alt13

    ♪alt13 Well-Known Member

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    When you're 15 everything on the internet is a blonde chick.
     
  7. Beantown

    Beantown Well-Known Member

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    or when you're 28......63...92....
     
  8. ♪alt13

    ♪alt13 Well-Known Member

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    Silver is close to blonde but not the same.:p
     
  9. ema

    ema Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Sorry Payton, I like you as one of the greatest perimeter defenders but the mental side of the game is also a part of the game, maybe even the most crucial part. It's not an outside skill of basketball. Stock was a better player than you regardless whatever you think.
     
  10. addictionary

    addictionary Well-Known Member

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    I think you need to guess again dude.
     
  11. HeavenHarris

    HeavenHarris Banned

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    payton should stick to football bro is in da super bowl pretty sure hes got his hands ful der
     

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