Gary Payton, who learned to play defense and trash-talk like few others while growing up in West Oakland, was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.
Payton, 44, who played at Skyline High before starring at Oregon State and for 17 seasons in the NBA, was joined in the class announced Monday by one-time Warriors star Bernard King and Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Nicknamed "The Glove" because of his defensive tenacity, Payton in 1996 became the only point guard to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. He retired as the only player in NBA history to accumulate 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 8,000 assists and 2,000 steals in a career.
Above all else -- including winning an NBA championship as a reserve with the Miami Heat in 2006 -- Payton will long be known as one of the game's great talkers.
Former McClymonds High coach Dwight Nathaniel recalled coaching summer-league ball against Payton, when he was just 13 years old.
"Back then, that kid was so small, but he was quick and he could really shoot it," Nathaniel said. "The biggest thing is he was a trash talker. People would ask me about it later, and I'd tell them, 'He should be good at it, he's been talking trash since middle school.' "
On Monday, however, Payton was nearly at a loss for words during a ceremony at the Final Four in Atlanta, where members of the Hall of Fame class were introduced.
"Even as my career went on and (I) started getting better and better, I still never thought about being in the Hall of Fame," Payton told the audience. "When I think about it, I don't even feel like I'm here now. It's such a dream."
Brandon Payton, one of Gary's nine siblings, called the news "breathtaking," adding, "Definitely, I'm a proud brother."
Father Al Payton, who coached his son on a summer-league team called "The Family," said Gary called him with the news late last week.
"It's another dream that came true," Al Payton said. "We didn't dream that would happen, especially coming from Oakland, where he came from when we started."
Payton joins the likes of Oakland legends Bill Russell and Paul Silas in the Naismith Hall.
"It's great for the Oakland community," Nathaniel said. "A lot of kids cannot connect to Bill Russell and Paul Silas. Now we've got someone they can relate to."
Al Payton said Oregon State coach Ralph Miller deserves credit for developing his son.
"He was a hyper young man, and he couldn't play for nobody but me," Al Payton recalled. "Once he went to Oregon State, Coach Miller had him under control. That's why I wanted him to go there, because he was pretty rough on him."
Within a few weeks of the start of the official practice, Miller called Al Payton. "He said, 'The boy's pretty good, better than I thought he was.' I told him, 'We believe in toughness.' "
Payton was a rare freshman starter for Miller and went on to set Oregon State records for points, assists and steals. He was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and a consensus All-American in 1990.
In an interview with the Oregonian, former UCLA star Don MacLean said, "I played against him when he was at Oregon State and had never seen a guy dominate a game from the guard position on defense and offense quite like he did, and I'm not sure I have seen one since."
Drafted No. 2 overall by the Seattle SuperSonics, Payton was just as good in the NBA. A nine-time all-star, nine-time first-team all-defense selection and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Payton remains No. 4 on the NBA career steals list and No. 8 in assists.
King, who played two seasons for the Warriors from 1982-83, averaged 22.5 points in 14 NBA seasons. His best season was 1984-85 with the New York Knicks, when he had back-to-back 50-point games and led the league at 32.9 per game.
The other elected members of the 2013 class announced Monday are former Houston coach Guy Lewis, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, women's star Dawn Staley, and Sylvia Hatchell, the current North Carolina women's coach.
The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 8.