Gary Payton Was ‘Hot’ Over Michael Jordan’s Comments in ‘The Last Dance’

1996 NBA Finals

When Michael Jordan openly laughed at the suggestion that Gary Payton slowed him down during the 1996 Finals, Payton’s initial reaction wasn’t a positive one.

“I had no problem with the Glove,” Jordan said in the documentary. “I had no problem with Gary Payton.”

Payton says he was ‘hot’ after seeing the vision, making the comments in an appearance on ‘The Opinionated’ podcast with Ryan Hollins and Brendan Haywood.


“Oh you know I was hot,” Pyaton said. “I was thinking about calling him at the time. But you know what? That’s what I expect out of Mike because I would’ve said the same thing. I would’ve said the same thing.

“You know me, B. I’m not gonna admit to nothing, man. I’m not gonna admit to somebody that D’d me up or did nothing.”

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