Ja Morant’s Trash Talk on Malik Monk Backfires

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Sports Illustrated

By Thomas Neumann The Grizzlies star tried to distract the Kings guard, but the ultimate outcome wasn’t what he expected. Trash talk has been a part of NBA culture for decades. Players often use it to distract opponents and gain a competitive advantage. Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Reggie Miller and Gary Payton are a few of the greatest trash talkers in NBA history, and Grizzlies star Ja Morant has some practice ahead of him if he hopes to someday get to that level. To wit, Morant can’t be pleased with what transpired Tuesday night in Sacramento. With the Kings leading the Grizzlies 109–108 in t…

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