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Things I Love:

Gary Payton’s Las Vegas favorites fit him like a glove

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Former NBA star Gary Payton

Gary Payton: Things I Love

Former NBA point guard Gary Payton says Lion King, Golden Tee and no taxes are just a few of his favorite things about Las Vegas.

The second overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft and a nine-time NBA All-Star selection, Gary Payton is undoubtedly a future Hall of Famer and one of the greatest point guards ever to step foot on the court.

After spending 13 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, "The Glove" won his only NBA championship with the Miami Heat and retired from an illustrious career in 2007.

A Las Vegas resident, Payton recently sat down with "Las Vegas Magazine" to talk about life after hoops and what impresses him about his hometown.

Red Rock Resort: We live in Summerlin so it's close to home. My wife used to go there all the time to watch the games when I was playing. We like to eat at T-Bones and we bowl there a lot, too.

N9NE Steakhouse (Palms): It's really relaxed and the staff is great. Chef Barry comes out and talks to us ... they really make you feel at home. A lot of celebrities are always there and the fans don't really bother us. And the food and drinks are great.

Porchlight Grille on Desert Inn: It's our neighborhood bar; that's our hangout. They have pool tables and me and my guys like to play Golden Tee there.

Eyecandy (Mandalay Bay): We like to go to lounges, so we go there a lot to listen to music and just hang out.

Clothes: I'm not into the European-style clothes. I like comfortable clothes, so I get most of my pants and shirts made. But when I'm looking for some slick stuff I go to Nordstrom at Fashion Show or Boca Park in Summerlin.

"O" (Bellagio): We see all of the new shows when they come out, but "O" is still probably my favorite. We've seen it three or four times ... I really enjoy that show.

— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine

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