‘You can’t get rid of GP'”

The warriors won Thursday night, a new NBA championship title, the 4th in 7 seasons. Many players have therefore been champions for the first time, this is particularly the case for Gary PaytonIIhe who was not planned in the warriors roster at the start of the season.

This is indeed what we were explaining Draymond Green in his podcast “the Draymond Green show”, which he recorded on the NBA Finals podium. If GP2 was able to perform in the NBA this season, it is partly thanks to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green who convinced their GM, Bob Myersto retain Payton II following the 2020-2021 season.

“I remember his 10-day contract is ending, and you know where that 10-day contract ended? said Green on the Finals podium, Payton II sitting a few feet away from him listening to his teammate. “These 10 days ended here in Boston. And he says to all of us, “Yo, that was great. I appreciate you all. I said to him, “What are you talking about?” And he said to me: “My ten days are over. I tell him, “Man, you’ll be there. See you later. Then I called Bob [Myers], Steph called Bob and was told, “You can’t get rid of GP. You have to bring him back. Do you see what he’s doing? You have to bring him back. And that was the start of it all. »

He knows his teammate had a tough run before earning his spot on an NBA team. He is now an important part of an NBA champion team.

“First of all, from you to me, I appreciate you and I appreciate everything you’ve done. You fought for me through the summer and my first 10 days, you and 30 [Stephen Curry ]you supported me and you gave me this opportunity, you believed in me, and just that, it’s worth all the gold in the world. That’s why I fought for you all year. I didn’t do this for me. I did it for you and your legacy. Your legacy is bigger than my career, I’m proud of you and everything you’ve been through, how you got through it and I appreciate you. »

After cruising all over the league, Gary Payton II has finally found a home. In his first full season in the NBA, the 29-year-old guard averaged 17.6 minutes per game while averaging 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. His one-year contract will therefore end and GP2 will be unrestricted free agent in a few days, and it’s a safe bet that the Golden State veterans are pushing once again for their GM to re-sign the 29-year-old defender .

Via Yahoo! sports

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