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Gary Payton II said he was going to go full JR Smith at the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade. On Monday, he absolutely kept his word.
Much like the Cavaliers guard who skipped wearing a top after his team beat the Warriors in 2016, there was Payton on the streets of San Francisco, shirtless, rocking black shades and a turned-back championship hat atop the bus he shared with James Wiseman throughout most Monday’s festivities. But the same boldness that made Payton a fixture in the Warriors’ rotation this season was the same thing that made him the life of the parade.