The 2008 NBA finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were memorable in many different ways. The Celtics won the series in six games, which was their 17th NBA championship in team history. Matt Damon, who is an immense basketball and Boston Celtics fan, was on The Ringer podcast, where he talked about the time he would go to those finals games with Mark Walhberg and trash talk with Phil Jackson.
Damon talks about game 5 in Staples Center, which was a must-win for the Lakers. The Lakers were leading throughout the game by almost 20 points. However, the Celtics had a late comeback, which resulted in a lot of frustration from Phil Jackson. Damon and Walhberg were thrilled and couldn’t hide their satisfaction right in front’s Jackson’s face, which resulted in a prompt reaction from the Zen Master.
“Phil Jackson calls a timeout. Mark Walhberg and I are “Oh my God,” and as he calls timeout, he just spins on us and goes, “Sit down and shut the f**k up. He was so mad which I get. I was like, where is the Zen stuff working for you? It was great.”
After the timeout was over, according to Damon, it was none other than Kobe Bryant who joined in on the trash-talking, displaying apparent anger.
“And when the game started, he ran past us and goes “Not tonight, mother***ers”, which was great. That’s what you want.”