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Best NBA trash talker: Michael Jordan or Shaquille O'Neal?

The NBA’s best were honored with awards on June 26, so we’re handing a lifetime achievement honor of our ownthe NBA’s greatest trash talker. In this matchup, we have Michael Jordan vs. Shaquille O’Neal. Jordan used his play, as much as his mouth, to talk trash. O’Neal got into his opponents through the media, and with original songs. Who you got? 🏀 🗣

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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.

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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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By most accounts, Shaquille O'Neal is usually a friendly guy. But when you're constantly getting hacked and young punks keep trying to test you, patience can run a little short. O'Neal was one of the most unstoppable forces the NBA has ever seen, and he wasn't afraid to make opponents feel small on or off the court. Whether it was traditional or social media, he was going to clown you. 

What were you doing to do about it? The man was 7'0", 350 pounds.

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Kobe Bryant was still recovering from losing in the 2008 NBA Finals when O'Neal dropped this bomb on him.

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Shaq was one of the early adopters of social media. It took his trash talking game to another universe.

FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Best NBA trash talker: Michael Jordan or Shaquille O'Neal?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamJordan
#TeamShaq