There are some real trash talkers in the new generation of NBA players. Draymond Green is the poster child, but there are guys like Lance Stephenson, Nate Robinson, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and others have their mouth going all game long.
But there seem to be fewer talkers now than there were in previous generations. Where are the Michael Jordans and Larry Birds of today?
Shaquille O’Neal agrees.
Speaking to USA Today’s For the Win, Shaq said trash talking now just isn’t the same.
Trash talking has slipped 60%. I know a lot of the players are worried about getting fined, but for me, growing up, you had to trash talk. I didn’t play against kids, I played against guys on the army base. Gary Payton — one of the world’s greatest trash talkers — grew up in Oakland, the mean streets of Oakland. But they say lot of the legends were great trash talkers. I was talking to Isiah [Thomas] once and he said Larry Bird was an unbelievable trash talker. Like Larry Bird used to say stuff like, “I’m gonna take one dribble, pump-fake you and even if you don’t go for it, I’m going to shoot it the second time and it’s going to be all net.” And he’d do it.
Where does he get 60%? Is there an advanced stat chart for this over at NBASavant.com?
Shaq said Payton and Kevin Garnett were the best trash talkers he ever heard.
Shaq also hit on a key reason — the attention paid to the game in the media, fans courtside with smart phones and Twitter accounts, all of it makes it more likely a guy gets in trouble if he talks. Not always, but in an NBA where guys are watching thinking about their brand image, they are scaling it back.
That doesn’t mean we have to like it.
The Clippers have signed veteran guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract, the team announced in a press release on Sunday:
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today they have signed guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract.
Hudson comes to the Clippers from the Chinese Basketball Association where he is a two-time MVP (2014, 2015) and three-time All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015). Most recently, Hudson played for Liaoning where he averaged 31.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 50 games.
Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 58th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft, Hudson, 30, has played three seasons in the NBA. In 52 career NBA games, Hudson owns averages of 4.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 10.3 minutes with Boston, Memphis, Washington and Cleveland.
A Memphis native, the 6-foot-3 inch guard spent his final two years of college at the University of Tennessee-Martin. He is the only NCAA player to ever record a quadruple-double (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals vs. Central Baptist College) in a college game. He was a two-time OVC Player of the Year (2008, 2009) at UT-Martin.
Presumably, Hudson will replace Nate Robinson on the roster. Robinson’s first 10-day contract ran out on Saturday and the Clippers have yet to give him another one. He’s had knee problems since signing.
Hudson, who has played for five NBA teams in parts of three seasons since 2009 as well as stints in the D-League and China, also provides insurance for Jamal Crawford, who still has no timetable to return from the calf injury that has kept him out for the Clippers’ last 12 games.
Nate Robinson caught on with the Clippers recently, and has averaged 5.1 points and 2.2 assists in 14 minutes per contest as a reserve in nine total appearances.
But after his second 10-day contract expired, his future with the team is in doubt as L.A. waits to see if a recent knee injury will continue to force him out of action.
From Robert Morales of InsideSoCal.com:
Guard Nate Robinson sat out Wednesday’s game at New York with a sore left knee, his second 10-day contract expires today (Thursday) and he will not be re-signed just yet because of the injury, a league spokesman said.
The spokesman said the Clippers will see how Robinson’s knee is recovering before making a decision on whether to bring him back for the rest of the season.
Once a player completes two 10-day contracts, a team must ink him for the rest of the season if it wants to retain that player’s services.
The Clippers have needed Robinson with Jamal Crawford being sidelined, and Crawford’s status to return remains uncertain.
That means the Clippers will wisely wait before re-signing Robinson, because if the injury forces him to miss an extended amount of time, they may need to find someone else to contribute during those much-needed minutes off the bench.