The Pacers guard is known for being a pest, most recently blowing in LeBron James’ ear during the Eastern Conference finals and throwing up some of the most ridiculous flops ever.
GP is one of the most notorious trash talkers in basketball history. Saying that John Stockton (who is no doubt a great player) was tougher to guard than Michael Jordan proves that he would say anything to get into his opponent’s head.
There’s not much you can do down 27 with seconds left to play, but Caron Butler decided to go balls-out anyway, when he pretended to slap Jonas Valanciunas five, but instead stole the ball and put up a garbage layup.
You can take the player out of the schoolyard, but Delonte West proved you can’t take the schoolyard out of the player when he gave Gordon Hayward a wet willie on the court.
MJ let his game do the talking, but he also let his mouth do the talking almost as much. The story goes that Jordan was messing with Dikembe Mutumbo in last seconds of a win when he sunk a free throw with his eyes closed.
LBJ has drawn his share of Jordan comparisons, but he took it a step further when he (might have) shot a stare at His Airness after dunking on MJ’s Bobcats.
The Bills (now 49ers) receiver doubled-down on the trash talk when he scored on the Jets, not only mocking their TD celebration, but also Plaxico Burress’ self-shooting.
Diving is as much a part of soccer as tiny shorts or stupid haircuts, but Liverpool’s Luis Suarez took it to the next level with this “back from the dead” routine against Norwich City.
One of the most celebrated strikers in soccer history, the Argentinian knew how to mess with the competition. After his goal against England in the 1986 World Cup, which was scored illegally with his hand, he said that the goal was “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”
Taking a page from the playbook of Bill Belichick, another master psych-out artist, Mike Shanahan refused to publicly make a decision on whether RG3 after being injured in 2012. He made the same move the season after when RG3 was recovering from the injury that he sustained after being brought back too soon from injury, because champions never quit (being assholes).
Pittsburgh Pirates fans
In the second inning of last year’s Wild Card playoff baseball, the Pirates fans were so pumped on their first taste of postseason baseball since a time when Boyz II Men were on top that they taunted Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto hard enough that he dropped the ball, and then immediately gave up a dinger to Russell Martin.
Yeah, maybe Iron Mike’s bite went a little past “getting into someone’s head” into “trying to eat someone’s head.” Good effort though, Mike. Please don’t punch us.