Trash Talk 101

Trash Talk 101

You’ve got to have a pretty high level of self-confidence to play professional basketball. You don’t get to the highest level of any sport without believing in yourself. But it might be safe to say that no professional athlete – in any sport – is as supremely self-confident as Stephen Jackson.

So it’s no surprise that the co-captain of the Killer 3s expects to take the inaugural season of the BIG3 league by storm.

“What I did in high school, what I did overseas, what I did in the NBA,” Jackson told Micah Peters of The Ringer. “I am a winner.

“I won on every level I played in. Why not in the BIG3?”

Jackson, who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, is teamed with Chauncey Billups, Larry Hughes, Reggie Evans and Brian Cook on the Killer 3s. He’s played with and against many of the BIG3’s stars, and he counts Trilogy co-captain Al Harrington as his best friend.

As fate would have it, the Killer 3s play Trilogy on the BIG3’s opening day, June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

And because they are such good friends, Jackson is promising a boatload of trash talking. He explained to The Ringer that he got two technicals at the pre-draft scrimmage in Las Vegas last month, a day before the BIG3 draft.

“And me and Al were on the same team, so I couldn’t talk trash to him,” said Jackson. “But I was talking trash to Corey Maggette. And the referee.”

Jackson told The Ringer no BIG3 opponent is off-limits. And of course, he is equally confident in his ball skills and his verbal skills.

“If you’re not on my team, I’m talking trash to you,” he said. “Everybody can’t talk trash and play, but that’s something I’m good at.”

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