He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame ... but Gary Payton tells TMZ Sports he doesn't like the sport anymore -- essentially saying he's completely burned out when it comes to hoops.
The Glove was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when we asked who he's got in the NBA playoffs.
But his answer was interesting -- Payton basically says he's not really following the league because he's more interested in OTHER sports ... namely football and baseball.
So why the distaste for basketball?
"It's hard for somebody to like something when you played it so long."
Don't worry, Payton has found other hobbies ... dominoes and shooting pool ... and of course, when he plays there's A LOT of trash talk.