8. Larry Bird, NBA
“Larry Legend” was an all-time great on the court, winning three NBA titles in his career with slick shooting and some of the most vicious trash talk anyone has ever seen. It didn’t matter who he was facing off against—Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Reggie Miller, or even a coach in Doug Collins, Bird directed his smack anywhere and everywhere. “The Hick From French Lick” once tried to psych out Miller on the free throw line, got into it with “Air” Jordan, and even told SuperSonics forward Xavier McDaniel exactly what he was going to do on the next play to make a shot, telling McDaniel that he couldn’t stop him. “I’m going to get [the ball] right here and I am going to bury it in your face,” Bird said. And he did just that.
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