The art of trash-talking in sports is one attempted by most but mastered by few and when NBA All-Star weekend rolls around, you’d better believe the smack talking is cranked up to the max!
From retired NBA greats like Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and even Michael Jordan, to current players like Kevin Garnett, Lance Stephenson, and Kobe Bryant, plenty of pro basketball’s most talented are also infamous for their taking as many verbal shots at their opponents as they do on the court.
Here’s a look at the top 5 trash talkers on the 2016 NBA All-Star roster.
5. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant might not seem like he’d be one run his mouth much on the court, but according to Draymond Green, KD is secretly one of the most notorious trash-talkers in the league.
4. James Harden
There are only a few incidents of Harden doing any real trash-talking on the court, but his now-infamous cooking move after annihilating and opponent likely got under the skin of other teams just as much.
3. Draymond Green
The majority Draymond Green’s most memorable trash talking moments have actually taken place either before or after a game, he’s certainly built a reputation for being an uncensored mouthpiece for the Warriors in addition to a great player.
2. Chris Paul
The cameras rarely catch CP3’s trash-talking in action, but ask just about anyone who’s ever played against him and they’ll tell you that he can hang with the best of them.
1. Kobe Bryant
Kobe’s legendary talent on the court has out shined his trash-talking throughout the course of his career, but he’s been consistently known to throw more than a few verbal jabs back at anyone who tried it with him on the court.