The nominees for the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame are surfacing and listed is former SuperSonics guard Gary Payton.
"The Glove," who had a phenomenal career in Seattle and won his only NBA title with the 2006 Miami Heat, will reportedly pick San Antonio Spurs legend George "The Iceman" Gervin to be his presenter along with former Jazz guard John Stockton.
“John Stockton is someone that I respect and was the toughest basketball player I played (against),’’ Payton had said. “George Gervin, because I admired him ever since I was (growing up). Those are guys that I respect a lot.’’
This isn't the first time "The Iceman" has been picked to be a presenter. David Robinson picked Gervin to be his presenter when he was inducted in 2009.
The Hall of Fame requires that presenters also be members of the Hall of Fame. Gervin was inducted in 1996.
It is a bit of irony that a prolific defensive player like Payton would pick a prolific scorer like Gervin.