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Vernon Maxwell reveals 2000 practice fight with Gary Payton started because Payton hit Shammond Williams

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The 2000 Seattle SuperSonics practice fight between Gary Payton & Vernon Maxwell that left Horace Grant & Chuck Person injured is well documented, but what actually started the clash? 

Maxwell finally gave us the answer to that question at 2022 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

(Via SHOWTIME Basketball):

“He (Payton) did something to Shammond Williams. We was cooking them, we was cooking him and Brent Barry. We was cooking them, and then he went and just elbowed the s*** out of Shammond. Busted his s*** open. I was like, ‘Yo, man! What the f***! Why’d you do that, dude?’ And then I just lost it.”

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