If The Glove Don’t Fit: Payton on Jordan in ’96 | Dime Mag

In honor of the announcement of Gary Payton’s forthcoming Hall of Fame induction, I reminisce at Dime about his famed defense on Michael Jordan during the 1996 NBA Finals:

It was almost like a game within the game emerged, with Payton goading the hyper-competitive Jordan into taking threes, each Jordan miss a small victory for Payton, each Payton make an affront to Jordan’s refusal to acknowledge him (neither Payton nor Jordan were elite three-point shooters in their careers).

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