Even to this day, Gary Payton is still a relentless trash-talker. He was arguably the best to ever do it back then, and more often than not, "The Glove" was able to utilize his unique trait to his advantage during games. In simpler terms, Payton would get inside his opponent's head and take over. However, it never worked on one player.
There was one guy
Payton's trash-talking was as lethal as his game. Once he opens his mouth and barks in another player's ear, he usually gets the desired results. Unfortunately, no matter how hard he tried, Payton never got under John Stockton's skin…ever.
"I learned trash talking from my father, growing up on the streets of Oakland, California," Payton said in a revealing interview with Marca in April. "I used it to my advantage. There was only one guy whose skin you couldn't get under and that was John Stockton."
But instead of hating Stockton for it, Payton took it as a man and gave his fellow NBA Hall of Famer the props. In fact, Stockton earned Payton's respect, which remains as it is today.
"Stockton was the guy I really, really respected," Payton said of Stockton last year. "I respect him to this day, and I asked him and George Gervin to induct me into the Hall-of-Fame, which they did. It was an honor for me."
Stock over MJ???
During his playing years in the NBA, Payton rivaled some of the greatest players of his generation. Having reached the heights in the 90s, "The Glove" clashed with Michael Jordan season after season. However, as tough of an opponent as MJ was, Payton, confessed that Stockton was more difficult to deal with on the court.
"I would have Jordan get mad at me and go back at me," Payton once admitted. "He knew he was talented and could do whatever he wanted to. But [Stockton] was more of a challenge to me than guarding someone that would talk back to me. When you talk back to me and say something to me, it made my game go to another level. John was one who wouldn't say anything, and you couldn't figure him out."
Just by looking at Payton and Stockton, we can already tell that they are completely opposite. One ran his mouth all day, while the other operated in a silent but deadly manner. Regardless of their differences, one thing "The Glove" and Stock have in common is that they are two of the greatest point guards ever to play the game.