Talking trash is an art. To get inside your opponents heads and wreck their psyche is not easy, especially if they are a professional athlete who has been there and heard it all already.
Yet it still is a big part of what happens on the court. Several games have been won or lost by a simple word, expression, or gesture.
Here are some of the best to ever grace the NBA hardwood.
If beating you with his athleticism wasn't enough, "His Airness" would add insult to injury with verbal barrages as the games were going on.
He would defeat you soundly in every fashion.
Before the 1986 Three-Point Shooting Contest at NBA All-Star weekend, Bird famously said to all his opponents "I want all of you to know I am winning this thing. I'm just looking around to see who's gonna finish up second."
He also told Seattle Super Sonic All-Star forward Xavier McDaniel exactly where on the floor he would hit the game winning shot.
Sir Charles likes to run his mouth, as you can tell by his broadcasting career.
"The Glove" had a silver tongue.
He once called his own teammate, center Ervin Johnson, "Tragic Johnson".
He is widely considered the top trash talker in the NBA today.
The "Knick Killer" is recalled for his verbal assaults on both New York All-Star guard John Starks, and Knicks fan Spike Lee.
James once calmly walked up to Washington Wizards All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas at the foul line with the game in the balance and informed Arenas, an 80 percent free throw shooter, that he would miss both attempts to cause the Wizards to lose.
The bizarre Rodman always had his opponents guessing if he would block their shots or ask them out on a date.
Magic was known for getting in his opponents heads right before he destroyed them on the court.
Shaq doesn't just run his mouth to reporters in a locker room.