NBA legend Gary Payton visits China

Gary Payton China

The man they called ‘the glove’ packed his bags and arrived in China on January 31st to celebrate the Chinese New Year; NBA style.

Gary Payton, who spent 16 years in the NBA, was in China’s Fujian province setting up a NBA basketball clinic for students at the Ankai School in Lianjiang County.

“I am so happy that I can come to such a remote place to see the students playing basketball,” said Payton.

Payton is currently in Shanghai leading the NBA Yao Basketball Club clinic for special olympic athletes. Finally, Payton will hand out Chinese New Year gifts; over 1,600 Spalding basketballs in each of China’s 34 provinces. Happy Chinese New Year, from the NBA.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of

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