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Best NBA trash talker: Larry Bird or Gary Payton?

The NBA’s best were honored with awards this summer, so we’re handing a lifetime achievement honor of our own—the NBA’s greatest trash talker. In this matchup, we have Larry Bird or Gary Payton. Bird would torture opponents by telling them exactly what he was going to do and then do it. Payton used his mouth as much as his feet to lock down opponents on defense. Who you got? 🏀 🗣

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Best NBA trash talker: Larry Bird or Gary Payton?
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Best NBA trash talker: Larry Bird or Gary Payton?
#TeamLarryBird
#TeamPayton

We're honoring pro basketball's best athletes with the gift of gab. We've compiled the greatest NBA trash-talkers into one bracket and we want you to decide who should walk away as the champion. Larry Bird defeated Rasheed Wallace in the first round of our bracket. After a brutal back-and-forth, Gary Payton also emerged victorious from our first round. Now the two legends are going face-to-face. Who's the greatest trash talker?

Don't forget to vote in our matchup below! 🏆 🏀

#TeamLarryBird

Larry Bird’s play on the court was just part of his legend. For many who played against him, it was his trash talk that made him one of the most memorable stars in the NBA. 

#TeamLarryBird

Even when the opposition knew what Bird was going to do, they still couldn't stop him.

#TeamLarryBird

Bird was neither the fastest nor strongest NBA player, but he backed up his talk time and time again.

#TeamPayton

Gary Payton was known as "The Glove" during his NBA career for his tight defense, but his trash talk might have been his most potent weapon. Most players stop to breathe when they're engaging in trash talk. Payton had a nonstop motor mouth that gave him the advantage in any matchup.

#TeamPayton

The only man to go after Michael Jordan and live to tell the tale.

#TeamPayton

It's only dumb if it doesn't work. Payton gets in Voshon Lenard's head, and gets him to commit two quick fouls. Just Gary being Gary.

FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Best NBA trash talker: Larry Bird or Gary Payton?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamLarryBird
#TeamPayton