Gary Payton’s legacy in the NBA revolves almost entirely around being arguably the greatest trash-talker the league has ever seen (and maybe will ever see). When Kevin Garnett pays attention, you know you’re doing something memorable.
And, goodness, the 1996 Finals between the Seattle Supersonics and the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls was ripe for jawing. This exchange between Payton and Jordan is an all-timer:
Look at that face.