By Rene McDonald
Oakland native and basketball star Gary Payton, was inducted into the 2013 National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Fame last Sunday. Payton was raised in West Oakland. He graduated from Skyline High School where he was an active member of the basketball team. He attended Oregon State University before being drafted into the NBA.
He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle Supersonics and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat, the last with whom he won an NBA Championship.
Payton is committed to serving his community, participating in numerous endeavors for HIV awareness. His brother Dr. Gregory Payton is pastor of the Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland.