Steph’s priceless message to Myers after GP2 apply battles initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Opposing defenders normally are those attempting to keep away from getting burned by Steph Curry, not the opposite approach round.
Before the beginning of the 2021-22 NBA season, Warriors guard Gary Payton II was preventing his approach onto Golden State’s roster. Eventually claiming the ultimate spot after beforehand being reduce, Payton rapidly grew to become an vital piece off the bench for the Warriors and a spark plug that will show to be invaluable in massive moments.
In a Players Tribune article launched Friday morning previous to the Warriors’ Game 2 matchup towards the Dallas Mavericks within the Western Conference finals, Payton recalled a hilarious story about his pursuit of Steph on protection in apply in the course of the preseason.
“I was in the gym constantly,” Payton writes. “We’d be playing pickup or whatever, and I would just murder guys. No mercy. Just murder, murder, murder. I didn’t hold anything back. Oh yeah — and every day it was like, ‘I’m guarding Steph. Gimme Steph. 30, please.’ Every damn day. That was my thing. Not even a question. It was: 1) Walk into the gym. 2) Guard Steph. And with those matchups, I mean … he’s one of the best ever to do it. So, you know, sometimes he’d get me. But I made sure it was never easy. I’d guard him just like I do everyone else — I’d use my hands, I’d bump him, I’d irritate him. And sometimes I’d get him. We’ve both won our fair share of battles.”
Payton gave Curry such complications in apply, that the Warriors celebrity pleaded to common supervisor Bob Myers to not permit Young Glove to face off towards him with one other crew.
“I always tell Steph, I tease him now, like: ‘Don’t ever let me change uniforms down the line and come get you,’ Payton added. ‘Don’t let that happen.’ He just laughs. He plays along, though, too. We’ll see Bob Myers at the practice facility, and Steph will be like, ‘Don’t let that man go nowhere and have him guarding me in games. I don’t need that, Bob.’ Hearing something like that from Steph? It means everything.
“It means I’m doing precisely what I got down to do as a Warrior: stick round — and make an affect.”
Prior to sustaining a fractured elbow in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals towards Dillon Brooks and the Memphis Grizzlies, Payton played a big role for the Warriors, starting in Game 1 against the Grizzlies and offering versatility on both ends of the court.
After a stellar season with the Warriors, Payton certainly will be in line for a significant pay raise this offseason for whichever team signs him. If the fan-favorite re-signs with the Warriors, Curry can look forward to be many more headaches in practice.