Best NBA trash talker: Michael Jordan or Larry Bird? | The Tylt

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Best NBA trash talker: Michael Jordan or Larry Bird?
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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 the final round matchup, we have Michael Jordan versus Larry Bird. Jordan used his play, as much as his mouth, to talk trash. Bird would torture opponents by telling them exactly what he was going to do and then do it. Who is the greatest trash talker of all time? 🏀 🗣

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Best NBA trash talker: Michael Jordan or Larry Bird?
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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. We are in the final round, and the competition is fierce to take the crown.

Michael Jordan won the first round of our bracket against Shaq in a landslide. Then, like so many times in his career, Jordan dominated Reggie Miller in their semifinal matchup.

Larry Bird defeated Rasheed Wallace in the first round of our bracket. He then mounted a come-from-behind victory against Gary Payton, punching Bird's ticket to the trash talking final round. 

Now, only one question remains: Who's the greatest NBA trash talker?

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Having the ability to dominate a sport gives players a lot of confidence. Michael Jordan's greatness gave him so much confidence he was able to psychologically gain an advantage against opponents. Sometimes, he'd let you know how he was going to pick you apart. Other times, he let his game do the talking for him.

In either case, Jordan not only devastated you, he let you know about it afterward.

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Sometimes, Jordan didn't have to say a word to intimidate you.

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Former Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller admonished Michael Jordan for dunking on the shorter John Stockton. A couple of plays later, he took the challenge to heart. It did not end well for Mel Turpin or the Jazz.

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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 Bird one of the most memorable stars in the NBA. 

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

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

FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Best NBA trash talker: Michael Jordan or Larry Bird?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamJordan
#TeamLarryBird