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Report: Gary Payton assistant-coaching candidate with Lakers, Bucks

Jul 29, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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Jason Kidd has never hid his respect for Gary Payton.

Kidd grew up in Oakland behind Payton, learning from the former Seattle SuperSonic. You can hear Kidd express his admiration for Payton in the above video.

Now the coach of the Bucks, Kidd is positioned to take advantage of Payton’s knowledge once again.

Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):

There would definitely be something cool about Kidd and Payton uniting, and that would be a lot of point guard knowledge for Brandon Knight, Nate Wolters, Kendall Marshall and even Giannis Antetokounmpo to draw from.

I also like the idea of Payton joining Byron Scott, officially hired since Woelfel’s report, and teaching Jeremy Lin to defend better. If The Glove could help him on that end of the court, Lin might become a strong NBA starter once again.

Either way, I’d like to see Payton back in the league if for no other reason than the trash talking from the bench.

  1. money2long - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    can payton suit up for the lakers as well

  2. csbanter - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    If the Bucks can hire MC Hammer that’ll be cool too. 3 of Oakland better known sons Can’t touch this

    • dinofrank60 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Why stop at Hammer? There’s a man who lives in Seattle, from West Oakland, that everyone can learn from.

    • cbking05 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      What about “Too Short” … bringing even more street cred to the team

  3. bougin89 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    On a side note Gery Woelfel is one of the worst beat reporters(if you can even call him that) in sports.

  4. chicagosports2014 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM


  5. urodaddy07 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    would love to see him coach some D in LA

  6. saint1997 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    Bucks would be fun if they managed to snare Bledsoe, Kidd and Payton mentoring the kid? Wow

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