NEW YORK, June 7 -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton has been fined $5,000 for failing to make himself available to the media, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Senior Vice President Basketball Operations.

Payton failed to make himself available to the media following Game 1 of the 2004 Finals last night at STAPLES Center and again this afternoon at the media availability following the Lakers practice at STAPLES Center.