Gary Payton: “I believe I now am ready to coach [in NBA]”

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Former NBA champion Gary Payton is seriously thinking about getting into coaching. Since retiring in 2007, The Glove has worked as a TV analyst for a few years.

The Hall of Famer is interested in helping young players improve their skills. Payton revealed that he would like to join an NBA team staff for that role.

Per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

“I have had conversations in the past about coaching, but the timing wasn’t right. I believe I now am ready to coach,” Payton told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview Thursday night. “A lot of young NBA players are a voice away from reaching their true potential. I would like to join an NBA staff where I can help coach, mentor and guide players toward the hard work, focus and determination needed to become a reliable contributor to a team’s success.”