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SI PLAYERS POLL

Jan. 31, 2005
Jan. 31, 2005

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SI PLAYERS POLL

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

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%

Timberwolves forward

Reggie Miller 8%

Pacers guard

Kobe Bryant 4%

Lakers guard

Sam Cassell 4%

Timberwolves guard

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.

COLOR PHOTOWARNER BROS./FOTO FANTASIES (OSCAR THE GROUCH)COLOR PHOTOLUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS (PAYTON)