Former Sonics greats Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp plan to attend Thursday’s Washington-Oregon State at Alaska Airlines Arena and spend the night watching their sons play against each other — Shawn Kemp Jr. for the Huskies and Gary Payton II for the Beavers.
“It’s going to be cool for the fans and even for me it’s cool to see my dad and Gary Payton there together,” Kemp Jr. said. “That’s cool. But at the end of the day for us – at least for me – we got to worry about a win because of what’s going on with us right now. But for the fans I’m sure it’ll be interesting to see Gary Payton II and Shawn Kemp Jr. going against each other when our dads used to play with each other.”
Payton II added: “That’s just crazy. We’re all grown now and in the Pac-12 and playing each other. It’s something to look forward to and something we’ll never forget.”
Recently, Payton has become a regular visitor at Gill Coliseum where he starred 25 years ago.
Meanwhile, Kemp Jr. says his famous father has helped him throughout his UW career.
“We have a good relationship,” Kemp Jr. said. “We talk every once in awhile. I wouldn’t say it’s like a regular relationship. I don’t see it as a bad relationship. He’s there when I need him to be. That’s what a father is supposed to do for a son. He gives me tips about what I need to do. He watches all the games. He texts me after the games and tells me what I need to work. He lets me know what need to do or how I need to react towards something. He’s there when I need him.”
Thursday’s game will be the first meeting between Kemp Jr. and Payton II since they were toddlers running around at KeyArena.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Former Washington standout Jon Brockman will be inducted into the Pac-12 men’s basketball Hall of Honor.
— Coach Lorenzo Romar was in attendance Tuesday night to watch future Huskies Dejounte Murray and Matisse Thybulle. Murray scored 26 points and led No. 1 Rainier Beach to a 64-51 win over No. 2 Eastside Catholic. Thybulle had 21 for the Crusaders.
— UCLA may have to lean heavily on big man Tony Parker if the Bruins are going to resurrect their season.
— Stanford and California meet tonight, however, the Bay Area teams are heading in opposite directions.
— The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list includes three Pac-12 players: Arizona’s Stanley Johnson, Stanford’s Chasson Randle and Utah’s Delon Wright.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
|UCLA (10-7, 2-2) at USC (9-7, 1-3)||6 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Stanford (11-4, 3-1) at Califfornia (11-6, 1-3)||8 p.m.||ESPNU|