Smack Talk: The 20 Best Trash Talkers in Sports History

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Smack Talk: The 20 Best Trash Talkers in Sports History
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Some fans hate trash talkers; others find them as one of the essential part of sports.

Trash talking is the art of completely getting inside an opponent's head, hurting their game even more than with smothering defense.

It's not simply talking to the opponent, because a bad trash talker does nothing. A good trash talker though, can ruin the opponents game, make him feel inferior to the player, take away his want to win or make him want to win too much. Trash talking is a science.

Don't confuse the best trash talkers with the ones who do it the most. Kevin Garnett, though somewhat of a good trash talker, crosses the line and perhaps gets too intense with it, making it go from good trash talking to insanity.

Some of the best trash talkers ever also happen to be some of the best athletes to ever roam the planet (Jordan), and this is not a mere coincidence. It can rush your own adrenaline, being that small ingredient you need to take over the game.

Thus, I have counted down in order the 20 best trash talkers and their most famous retort.

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