Gary Payton on how savage Larry Bird was as a trash-talker

Larry Bird is not only one of the most legendary players in the history of the Boston Celtics. This man went down in sport history as one of the greatest to ever pick up a basketball. For Bird, however, it wasn’t all about skill. Just ask Gary Payton.

Payton himself was known as a prominent trash talker in his day. However, even The Glove couldn’t handle the heat Bird spat out when Payton faced the Celtics icon on the basketball court:

“He was cold man,” Payton told JJ Redick on his podcast (h/t Bleacher report on twitter). “…He was always telling you where he’s going to shoot it in your face and like, ‘You couldn’t stop me.’ And that you’re not good for him. And I was like, ‘Woah, man, that’s just a little bit disrespectful.’ And then it happened. That’s the whole cold thing about it.”

As Payton said, not only was Bird a wild bludger, but what made it a whole lot worse was how the Celtics legend always backed it up with his game. I have no doubt that Larry Bird should be considered one of the GOATs not only for basketball but also for his trash-talking style.

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