Glove reports to Celtics after all
Waltham, MA (Sports Network) – Veteran point guard Gary Payton reported on
time Monday to the training camp of the Boston Celtics.
Payton became disgruntled this summer when he was dealt from the Los Angeles
Lakers to Boston after exercising his option to remain with the Lakers at the
end of the 2003-04 season.
The 36-year-old Payton said he did not want to play in Boston or move away
from the West Coast and he skipped an August 13 deadline to take a physical.
Payton averaged 14.6 points and 5.5 assists in his only season in Los Angeles.
The nine-time All-Star started all 82 regular season games in an otherwise
Known as “The Glove” for his tenacious defense, Payton took a huge pay cut to
join the Lakers last summer with the hopes of capturing the first NBA title of
his career. However, Los Angeles was ousted in five games by the Detroit
Pistons in the Finals.
Payton also has some legal problems on the horizon as he was arrested in late
August for suspicion of drunken driving. He is scheduled to be in court in
The Celtics begin training camp Tuesday at the University of Vermont.
Rick Fox, acquired by Boston in the same trade from the Lakers, retired last
week because of nagging injuries.