NBA Stars Name Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Russell Westbrook as Players You Shouldn’t Trash Talk

Published 04/30/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball against Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Trash talking is a huge part of the NBA. Fans enjoy watching players talk smack to each other as much as they enjoy watching great plays and baskets. For decades, the NBA has boasted some of the best trash talkers from all sports. Whether it be Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, or Kobe Bryant, trash talk has stayed in the NBA for a long time. But who isn’t to be talked trash to? Two NBA stars say Stephen Curry is on the list.

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Robinson and Ingles on trash talk

NBA players Duncan Robinson and Joe Ingles had a conversation about trash-talking in the NBA. Ingles noted that Russell Westbrook is not a player that someone should try to trash talk to. Westbrook can turn the switch on at any moment, and it is best to not give him any motivation. Furthermore, James Johnson is also a dangerous person to talk smack to.

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Ingles said, “I think Russ is one of those guys. You go at him the wrong way or say the wrong thing or get into it with him on a dead ball. It takes him like one second and he can go for 20-20-20 like we’ve seen that before… I ain’t messing with James Johnson, like no way.”

Duncan Robinson also noted that Jimmy Butler is another player that doesn’t take kindly to trash talking. He mentioned some issues that Butler and Ingles have had in the past but didn’t elaborate further on it.

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Robinson said, “I think Jimmy (Butler) is up there. I actually remember a story… might have been last year, though. You guys got into a little bit of a tussle. I remember a conversation between the two of you, and you were actually… let’s just not go there.”

Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard are too dangerous

Finally, Ingles noted that players like Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry are not the people one should challenge with words. Both are silent with their words but respond to trash-talking with their spectacular play. Both Lillard and Curry use it as motivation to get their teams the win and make spectacular plays. Curry stays silent, which is why he is known as the baby-faced assassin.

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Mar 3, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hits a shot over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Ingles said, “I think Dame would go into that category too. Especially because he’s literally dribbling into the half-court and shooting basically a layup for him. I’d have to kick it to make it that distance from the half-court. There are a few guys. Even Steph…he doesn’t really talk out there. But you can see, he gets that look in his eye like ‘all right, you want to play physical?’…”

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Who is the player that is more dangerous after trash-talking according to you?

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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