Amid a mostly heartfelt acceptance speech, wherein he thanked his family and God, "The Glove" still managed to slip in a little bit of his signature trash-talk Sunday, when the former SuperSonic was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Gary Payton, who spent almost 13 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, was known as much for his skill as he was for his sometimes-colorful on-court language and behavior.
"As players we dream of this moment but don't expect to be here...but I really liked my chances of being here," he joked.
"And don't forget -- I am the greatest trash-talker of all time...but I can bag it up," he said, acknowledging his penchant for trash-talk, chalking it up to inexperience and a passion for the game.
Still, plenty of other parts of the speech were sweet.
"To my Moms and Pops...thank you, and I love you," he said with emotion in his voice, "I'm more proud of you than you could ever be proud of me."
Payton's parents, siblings, and children were in the audience, smiling as he paid his respect to each and every one of them. He also thanked former trainers, coaches, and teammates, including Shawn "Reign Man" Kemp.
A big supporter of the Sonics, Payton is currently working with the NBA to help Seattle bring a basketball team back to Seattle.
Payton spent a total of 17 years playing in the NBA.