Kevin Garnett (right) made the web buzzy this season when he got under Carmelo Anthony's skin, allegedly for saying his wife tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios. There's a long, rich tradition of trash talkers in the NBA. Here are our top 10.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry recently called Robinson the biggest trash talker in the NBA. The three-time Slam Dunk champion doesn't always back it up, which explains why he's on his fifth team in four seasons. But he never shuts up, either.
The league got a lot quieter when Wallace retired in 2010. Even when he returned with the Knicks in the 2012-13 season, it was clear he hadn't mellowed with age. He still talks nonstop — to himself, to teammates, to opponents and most often to refs — and added to his unbreakable NBA record of technical fouls, now 304 and counting.
Coach trash talk is much different than player trash talk. It's more subtle, with condescending jabs and clever swipes instead of in-your-face profanity. But Jackson's arrogance grated on opponents as much as anything a player could say. Of course, 11 championships may give you the right to be smug.
"I've always thought if you can't play, shut the hell up," Barkley once said. Sir Charles knew he could back it up, so he talked trash throughout his Hall of Fame career. He was rarely a jerk about it, though, and his funny and provocative style has made him perhaps the most likeable NBA analyst on TV.
Shaq was relatively quiet on the court, dominating in peace, but he was full of devastating one-liners off the court. He called Chris Bosh "the RuPaul of big men" and saved his most personal attacks for his former teammate and rival, including this memorable gem: "Kobe, tell me how my a** tastes."
Sports Illustrated polled NBA players last season with the question: Who's the biggest trash talker in the league? Garnett won in a landslide with 62 percent of the vote. He's widely respected for his intensity and passion, but largely disliked for his insults and vulgarities.
Did anyone in NBA history ever exude more attitude on the basketball court than The Glove? He had the entire trash talk arsenal: crude, harsh and hilarious. Most of all, he was relentless. You could beat him, but you could never quiet him.
Like most great trash talkers, Miller loved it when opponents talked back. Or opponents' fans. Just ask Spike Lee, who helped bring out the best in Miller by yelling at him courtside from Madison Square Garden. Miller famously responded by cutting the heart out of Lee's beloved Knicks time and again, then telling Spike all about it.
In a nutshell, NBA trash talk usually boils down to this: "I'm better than you." MJ was better than everyone he played and wasn't shy about letting them know. He even insulted his teammates and talked trash at his own Hall of Fame induction, verbally tearing apart anyone he felt ever wronged him.
Bird's most famous trash-talk incident occurred when he burst into the locker room just before the 1986 Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend and said something like, "Who's coming in second tonight?" Of course, he won the competition minutes later. Trash talk is usually associated with guys who grew up playing in gritty city playgrounds, but the "Hick from French Lick" could verbally hold his own with anyone. And, most importantly, he could back up every word.