Gary Payton On His BIG3 Absence: ‘This Ain’t My MotherF–kin Job. It Ain’t Paying My Bills’
Tell us how you really feel, Gary.
Rapper and actor Ice Cube’s BIG3 league has been quite the success so far as former NBA players continue to shine for the upstart league. One former player, unfortunately, was not as dedicated to bringing his A-game to the event.
Former Seattle Supersonics great Gary Payton serves as a coach for the 3-Headed Monsters, but he was a no-show as the team held their first practices and media availability in New York City.
So, why wasn’t Payton available? Simple. He had things to do, as told by Bleacher Report.
“Coach Gary Payton was absent for the media reception and both practices. Yesterday, the only point guard to win Defensive Player of the Year was reportedly on his way to Chelsea Piers. Not even the BIG3 commissioner and president knew his whereabouts. “He’s a big boy,” said Roger Mason Jr., while cruising around Chelsea Piers’ courts in a custom black suit, clearly bankrupt of answers. “He’ll find his way.” Today, Payton is unresponsive. This, a day before the BIG3’s debut and 3HM’s reintroduction.
Turns out GP never made it to NYC. He was back home on the Left Coast. “I had stuff to do,” Payton would say later. “I had businesses to handle. S–. This ain’t my m—–f—— job.” He laughs. “This ain’t paying my bills.”
It didn’t seem to hurt the team, as he coached his squad to its first win of the season against the Ghost Ballers, a team that features Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis and Ivan Johnson.