Up here in Seattle a bunch of fans have been calling sports radio and are pissed about Payton signing with the rival Lakers. They think he's some how betraying them. For me, I think it's great! Let's see, you tell your current team for almost 2 years that you want a contract extension so that you can end your career with the same team. The team keeps saying no, then they end up trading you off at the trade deadline to the other side of the states away from the family. When your contract is up with that new team, what are you going to do??? Re-sign with whoever you choose, and you have no loyalties anymore because nobody showed the loyalty to you. He's now back on the West Coast close to his family, and at LEAST
he didn't sign with Portland!!! Now THAT
would have been the knockdown blow followed by a golden shower!
As for both players latching onto the Lakers so they can get a gold ring, I think it stinks. I can't wait till Kobe becomes a free agent and leaves LA, some other team will get all the foul calls.....can't have basketball's favorite son sitting out during the playoffs can we?
I think the worst of the offseason by far is Jason Kidd's comments(if he actually said them) about coming back to New Jersey only if Byron Scott is fired. I hope New Jersey owners show some balls and do not bow down to one stinking players(even if he is one of the best PG in the game right now) big mouth and pompus attitude.