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Gary Payton gives Rockets’ James Harden the ultimate compliment

Former Seattle SuperSonics great Gary Payton (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Former Seattle SuperSonics great Gary Payton (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Former Seattle SuperSonics great Gary Payton (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Although Gary Payton isn’t one to offer high praise, he gave Houston Rockets star James Harden the ultimate compliment earlier in the year.

Unless you’re Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, you’ve likely been tuned in to ESPN’s docu-series The Last Dance. The Michael Jordan-produced film has come at a perfect time, as it’s given us something on the basketball front to look forward to, during an otherwise non-existent NBA period.

The latest installment of the docu-series concluded with NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton stating that he brought the superhuman MJ back to earth, which was met with instant laughter from Jordan. MJ actually broke into two separate bursts of laughter as he was shown Payton making the comments from a handheld tablet, which made it even more funny.

But it shouldn’t be any surprise that the boisterous Payton made such a claim, as he’s known for being one of the greatest trash talkers the league has ever seen.  Payton is also arguably the greatest defensive point guard in league history, which makes it believable that he could have possibly contained Jordan, especially only for a game or two.

But although Payton didn’t exactly give Jordan his credit on The Last Dance, he couldn’t help but compliment Houston Rockets star James Harden.

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