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The Gary Payton Rule (thu ger'-e pa'-tun rool) noun. The unofficial name for an NBA rule passed in 2005 which stipulates that players who are traded and then waived by their new team cannot sign back with the team that traded them for 30 days (20 days in the offseason).
Usage example: [From the LakersGround.net forums] "It's the Gary Payton rule, for when Gary Payton refused to report to Atlanta after being traded there from Boston."
Word history: ESPN's Marc Stein coined the term (I think) in a 2005 article titled Ten nuggets in the new CBA and further explained it in a recent Weekend Dime column: "[The Gary Payton Rule was instituted] after Payton was traded by Boston to Atlanta at the trade deadline in 2005, only to rejoin the Celtics three days later after the Hawks agreed to release him in a pre-arranged deal. Since the summer of 2005, players who are traded and then waived by their new team are forced to wait 30 days before re-signing (only 20 in the offseason) with the team that just traded them."
Word in the press: The Gary Payton Rule has gotten some play this week, thanks to the Jason Kidd-to-Dallas Mavericks non-trade. See, as part of the proposed deal, Jerry Stackhouse was going to be sent to New Jersey, waived, and then subsequently re-signed by the Mavs after the required 30-day waiting period. Of course, Stackhouse had to blow that idea all to hell by running off at the mouth. Stack told everybody who would listen that he was part of the deal only "to make the numbers work" and then said, "I feel great. I get 30 days to rest then I'll be right back. I ain't going nowhere."
Of course, the NBA doesn't allow that kind of prearranged agreement. So of course several "anonymous" (read that "vagina-like") league executives and GMs starting speaking out. Said one Eastern Conference exec: "It sounds like a side deal, doesn't it? The league will have a lot of explaining to do if Stackhouse goes back to Dallas." Said an unidentified GM: "I thought it was the most blatant statement someone could make about a trade. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the league disallowed Stackhouse to go back to Dallas." Yet another spineless GM said: "It's caused a lot of people to wonder how they could get away with that, how those kind of pre-existing arrangements can be allowed." I'm pretty sure these anonymous comments provided to David Stern noterized and in triplicate.
So there you have it. Even if somebody talks sense into Devean George, Stackhouse's rash words will kill the trade, because the Mavericks have said they won't pull a trigger on the deal if it costs them Stackhouse (and thus rob them of their team depth). Nice work there, Jerry. [Insert "Wah waaaaaaah" noice here.]
As a sidebar to this story, Avery Johnson was forced -- due to an injury to Josh Howard -- to start George last night against the Trailblazers, and George responded to all the angry catcalls from the Dallas crowd by scoring zero points on 0-for-11 shooting in 33 minutes. Way to silence your critics, Devean.
Atlanta Hawks: Memo to the Hawks: Losing to the Charlotte Bobcats will not improve your chances of making the playoffs. And here's another reality check for the dirty birds: You have 21 wins, and the 'Cats have 19.
Othella Harrington: Did you know that Harrington was one of the greatest rebounders in the history of prep basketball? It's true. Harrington was a top 5 player his senior year, and was MVP of the Dapper Dan and McDonald's all-star game (where he had over 20 rebounds). But last night's four trillion is a sure sign that his glory days are far, far behind him.
Maurice Evans: If there's a wink link in the Magic's daisy chain, it's their backcourt. And that weakness was on display last night, as Evans scored 2 points on 1-for-8 shooting. You know, starting 2-guards are supposed to score. That's what they do. But Evans is averaging 7.6 PPG. And it's not like he's much of a playmaker, either (1.1. APG).
Damon Stoudamire: Quite a boost he's given the Spurs, eh? In 18 minutes against the Cavs, Mighty Mouse scored zero points (0-for-4) to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. You know he must be pretty bad if he can't unseat starting point guard...
Jacque Vaughn: Ah...2 points on 1-for-8 shooting. The Spurs really need Tony Parker back. Badly.
Ira Newble: It's not his fault. He was forced into the starter's role for the Cavs due mainly to a variety of injuries to guys like Boobie Gibson and Sasha Pavlowhatever. But I bet his zero-point, 1 assist performance against San Antonio made Lebron want to strangle him.
Lawrence Frank: Before he could find out about Devean George's historic cock block, Frank said of the Kidd trade, "The bottom line is that it was time for both parties to move on." Stat curse! How's Frank gonna spin that one if Kidd ends up back in New Jersey?
Vince Carter: The 79 Million Dollar Man's season of sleepwalking continued, as he notched a soporific 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting. But the best part was his postgame comment: "You would think that we were already on vacation in the first half." That's some straight up Vinsanity. But not the good kind.
Darrick Martin: It's nice the kid got some PT in a blowout, but it's not so nice that he scored a three trillion.
The Memphis frontcourt: Okay, Hakim Warrick and Rudy Gay were pretty good (23 points a piece). But Darko Milicic (zero points, 0-for-4), Kwame Brown (1 point, 0-for-3), and Brian Cardinal (zero points, 0-for-2)? Not so much.
New York Knicks: The Celtics were already without Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins, and then they lost Brian Scalabrine (pulled groin) and Big Baby Davis (twisted knee). That left Boston with, what, five or six healthy players? Fortunately for the Green and White, the Knicks suck.
Marquis Daniels: Indiana's new starting point guard scored 3 points (1-for-9) and had 1 lonely assist in 32 minutes of whatever the opposite of "action" is.
The Pacers' shooting: Daniels wasn't the only Pacer whose gun was jammed. The team shot 31 percent for the game, and almost everybody was guilty: Danny Granger (3-for-9), Jeff Foster (0-for-1), Mike Dunleavy Jr. (3-for-9), Troy Murphy (3-for-9), Andre Owens (3-for-9), Kareem Rush (3-for-7), and Shawne Williams (1-for-10). It's like they were shooting on one of those outdoor hoops where the rim is bent sideways and pointing upward.
Luke Walton: Our boy Luke is the odd man out in the Lakers resurgence. Last night he scored 1 point (0-for-3) in a game in which his team scored 117. And I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that's terrrrrrrrible!
John Salmons: You know, it wasn't very long ago that he was scoring 18 a game, but it sure seems like a long time ago. Last night's line: zero point (0-for-4) and zero everything else in 20 minutes.
Bonzi Wells: His role on the Rockets is defined as "scorer." Last night, he played the role of "loser" with zero points on 0-for-4 shooting.
Suns and Warriors defense: Last night, neither team played any. The Suns scored 118 points on 52 percent shooting and lost. That's because the Golden Staters hit for 120 on 54 percent shooting. Well, that and...
Steve Nash: He had 20 points and 12 assists, but he also had a case of the butter fingers (7 turnovers). Turns out that whole "taking care of the ball" thing is pretty important.
Jarron Collins and C.J. Miles: Utah's 11th and 12th men had identical numbers last night: 49 seconds and zero-for-everything. Did they decided to have a suck-off and not tell anybody?
Quinton Ross: The Clippers' guard-forward out of Southern Methodist falls into our newest category of "Guys Who Play Less Than A Minute." He got 30 seconds of PT against the Wizards and, of course, did nothing.
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