11. Kobe Bryant, NBA
“The Black Mamba” spent the majority of his NBA career as the highest-profile player in the league, making him a target for headlines and opponents, but he took all that and spit it right back at everyone. Bryant played mind games with players that were assigned to shut him down—just ask Raja Bell, Matt Barnes, and Ron Artest—but he also went after stars like Michael Jordan, James Harden, Steph Curry, and LeBron James while wearing a Lakers uniform. Bryant was always able to back up his talk—being a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star will do that.
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