Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton has apparently made his first step toward becoming basketball's version of George Foreman, following in his footsteps with regard to naming his children.
According to ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin, Payton has two kids with the same name.
Best story I've heard today at the Drew: Gary Payton has two sons named Gary Jr.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 14, 2013
Of course, Foreman named his five sons George Jr., George III, George IV, George V and George VI, while naming one of this daughters Georgetta.
Now I'm wondering whether or not Payton has seemingly arbitrary nicknames for each little Gary as Foreman does with his sons.
This is the second time in recent weeks Payton has made the rounds on basketball blogs for being weird.
He made a video for SportsNation that featured a cardboard Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. Payton went to each one and talked to each, telling Dwight to, "Get it together," and calling Kobe the best player in the NBA.
I suppose he's just getting a bit "out there" in general.
For whatever reason, there seems to be a run of NBA players with relatives of the same name, or at least similar names.
Payton and the two little Garys join Lance Stephenson and Carlos Boozer as current or former NBA players with relatives sharing all or part of their name.
Stephenson is perhaps the strangest of the three. His father, who is also named Lance, just had another son, whom he decided to name Lantz.
The Stephenson clan has a long way to go before they exercise all of the possible variations of Lance, so they had better start multiplying faster. The middle Lance needs to start having kids of his own so he can name them Laynce, Lan-z, Lantse, Lanc and Lanze.
Then there's Carlos Boozer, who doesn't have any relatives with the exact same name, but he does have a brother with a similar name.
Boozer's brother is named Charles, which is basically just the English version of Carlos.
There's no word on whether he's got a sister named Carla, or two more brothers named Chaz and Carlo (except there is word and none of his three other siblings have similar names).