Based on a survey of 212 NBA players
This is an article from the Jan. 31, 2005 issue
Who is the best trash-talker in the NBA?
Gary Payton 54%
Celtics guard (right)
Kevin Garnett 17%
Reggie Miller 8%
Kobe Bryant 4%
Sam Cassell 4%
For complete results and a breakdown of the poll go to SI.com/scorecard.
FAST FACTS: After playing the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics, Australian guard Shane Heal said of Payton, "Mate, you couldn't print what he was saying to me." ... Payton received 83% of the votes that came from the Northwest Division. He played 13 seasons with the SuperSonics.... Garnett has been named to the NBA's All-Interview team four times.... These top five vote-getters have 28 All-Star game appearances among them.