Pay attention you participation trophy-loving, "winning isn't everything"-type parents ... Gary Payton is about to give you a lesson in tough love ... by giving you a SUPER REAL scouting report on his son.
And it's kinda prophetic.
We got Payton out in L.A. Sunday night at Dew NBA 3X ... only hours before his kid, Gary II -- an undrafted rookie -- was released by the Houston Rockets. We wanted to know, are we looking at another Hall of Fame Payton?
What Gary gives us is a huge, whopping, "NOT SO FAST" Lee Corso would be proud of ... saying before his kid even thinks about becoming an NBA player ... he might need some time in the D-League.
Check out the clip -- and remember to call your MOM this week.