Getting in your opponent’s head is an important part of domination on the basketball court. You might be able to shoot at a high level, but it might pale in comparison to the ability to deal chatter and throw the opposing player off their game. Today’s trash talk seems a little more physical, especially with guys like James Harden pinching people, but there are still a few who are keeping it alive. One is Draymond Green and he goes into the mindset of a trash talker alongside a true legend of psychological warfare on the court: Gary Payton.
While Green has plenty of baggage being dragged behind his character season to season, he also knows his strengths during a game. He tells Payton that he’s never trying to be a distraction to the team, but always wants to distract the opposing side. It’s likely earned him a certain reputation, especially with today’s game. It’s far different from when Payton was playing — at least it is according to him — and there were far more trash talkers running around during that period.