Originally posted by Osobad28
I'm sorry but I absolutely hate shaq...kobe seems like a genuinely nice guy and doesnt do the usual gangster # that alot of the famous players seem to
enjoy (iverson), but shaq seems like a complete asshole
I couldn't disagree more. Shaq is well known in LA as a man who gives back to the poor community, and has annual events to help disadvantaged
children. He recently bought 40 homes for poor families.
The man's personality with the media may be up-and-down, but he genuinely is a nice guy. You can't really judge someone from what you see on TV.
Now, onto the matter of Gary Payton:
Payton to 'follow dream' with Lakers
ESPN.com news services
Aaron Goodwin, the agent for Gary Payton, told ESPN's David Aldridge Tuesday
afternoon that Payton has chosen to sign a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, despite L.A.'s financial limitations.
The Lakers, well over the NBA's $40-plus million salary cap, were limited to offering Payton a starting salary of $4.9 million for next season. It is
believed Payton will sign a multiyear deal with the dethroned champions on July 16, the first day teams are permitted to formally sign free agents.
"He could have taken a lot more money to go somewhere else," Goodwin told ESPN.com, referring to efforts by the Portland Trail Blazers to acquired
Payton in a sign-and-trade with Milwaukee. "But he's going to Los Angeles to follow his dream."
The Lakers declined comment on the report, but a team spokesman told The Associated Press that general manager Mitch Kupchak would make a statement
later Tuesday or Wednesday.
Payton selected the Lakers over Portland, Miami -- both teams made Payton substantial contract offers, according to Aldridge.
Aldridge also reported that Karl Malone is still mulling offers and won't make a decision for at least another day, although Payton's decision to play
for the Lakers does move him in the direction of the Lakers as well.
Bucks general manager Larry Harris said Monday that Payton declined to stay with Milwaukee.
Payton started 28 games for the Bucks, averaging a team-high 19.6 points and 7.8 assists.
I'm not really sure if im buying this QUITE yet, not until the deal is signed and done. Countless athletes have claimed they will sign with a certain
team when at the last minute they will sign a larger contract with another. So for now i'm not saying anything.