SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Former Seattle Sonics player Gary “The Glove” Payton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Eleven other former players, coaches and contributors joined Payton during the enshrinement ceremony.
The 2013 class includes former players Bernard King, Richie Guerin, Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt, Dawn Staley, coaches Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian, Guy Lewis, Sylvia Hatchell, contributors Russ Granik and Dr. E.B. Henderson.
Payton was known for his defensive prowess, aggressiveness and trash-talking.
"I played hard because I wanted to win every time," he said of his 17-year career, nearly 13 of them with the Seattle SuperSonics. "It was all for my crazy love for the game."
Payton is the only NBA player with 20,000 points, 8,000 assists, 5,000 rebounds and 2,000 steals.
Payton was also this year’s Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade Grand Marshal.