Monday , Jul , 23 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Monday Listed-Sam Cassell’s Five Best NBA Trash Talkers: Larry Bird, Gary Payton, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, & Michael Jordan

Recently, Steve Nash held his annual Charity Classic in my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. After the event I caught up with veteran point guard Sam Cassell. Sam-I-am, one of the NBA’s most quotable and colorful players, listed off his five favorite NBA trash talkers of all-time … Click here for this story…

Recently, Steve Nash held his annual Charity Classic game in my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. After the event I caught up with veteran point guard . Sam-I-am, one of the NBA’s most quotable and colorful players, listed off his five favorite NBA trash talkers of all-time.

HoopsVibe The Blog presents another edition of Monday Listed, featuring Sam Cassell’s five fiercest trash talkers.

Sam’s #5 Pick: Larry Bird

Evidence of smack-talking abilities:

Sam’s #4 Pick: Gary Payton   

Evidence of smack-talking abilities: As a rookie, Payton engaged in a trash-talking session with Michael Jordan at a Seattle nightclub. The Glove had guts.

Sam’s #3 Pick: Reggie Miller

Evidence of smack-talking abilities: Miller once went on national television and called Spike Lee, the Knicks, Madison Square Garden, and all of The Big Apple chokers.

Sam’s #2 Pick: Charles Barkley

Evidence of smack talking abilities:

  • On one of ‘s dunks during All Star weekend: "Any time a little midget does something like this, you gotta give him a 10!"
  •  Before his famous race against Dick Bavetta: "I have nothing against old people; I want to be one myself one day."

Sam’s #1 Pick: Michael Jordan

Evidence of smack talking abilities: Jordan transcended trash talking just like he transcended the game of basketball. He didn’t need to speak and could dog opponents with mere gestures. For example, there was the Jordan-tongue and his infamous shoulder shrug against in the NBA Finals.

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