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Payton has another point to prove

Updated: May 25, 2004, 3:38 PM ET
By Sam Smith | Special to ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- OK, Gary, you're right. It is your fault. We'll blame you.

You've got to give Gary Payton that, if not much else. And certainly not the ball. His was a classic rant in the Lakers' conference semifinals with the San Antonio Spurs. All of that blame-him stuff. It was vintage Payton, with lots of edge and a little bit of blind hysteria. Yes, that's the Gary we all know and, well, sort of like. Of course, as we all know, the Lakers' fate is determined by Shaquille O'Neal and ...

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