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by Anthony Slater and Erik Horne Published: April 16, 2014

Gary Payton says KD, Westbrook part of new era

Former Seattle SuperSonics point guard and NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton has never been shy on or off the court.

“The Glove” still isn't short of words even post-career, as he told TMZ Sports that Kevin Durant is the new era of the NBA and there aren't many real point guards in the league anymore.

“Durant deserves it right now,” Payton said of the MVP award. “He's been doing his thing. It's going to be a new era.”

Payton counted Russell Westbrook as well.

“It's shooting guards now,” Payton said of the point guard position, counting Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Rajon Rondo as the only true point guards in the league. “You’ve got shooting guards now playing point guard. Steph Curry, Westbrook.”

Brooks on Cheeks

When the NBA schedule was released this past summer, the season finale was supposed to mean the return of former Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks, who took the Detroit head coaching job.

But Cheeks didn’t make it to the All-Star Break before the Pistons fired him. And when talking about his friend and former colleague, Scott Brooks seemed a bit peeved about it.

“When you give somebody 50 games, it’s hard to comprehend,” Brooks said. “You obviously wanted to hire him and to give him 50 games, it’s tough … I don’t think that was deserved.”

Brooks said he still talks to Cheeks on a regular basis, mostly through text, and that Cheeks is in good spirits.

“He took the job with the understanding that he was going to get a fair opportunity,” Brooks said. “Unfortunately he didn’t. He’s moved on, like he does. He’s as classy as a human being can possibly be.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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