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Draymond Green remembers the time he stopped talking trash to Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan

NBA has always seen some of the trash talkers and Draymond Green is probably one of the best in the league today. Green talked trashed and tried to get in other players heads many times but he wouldn't talk trash to Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

For years Kobe has been one of the most respected players in the NBA, and Green had to learn firsthand early in his NBA career that you're not supposed to talk too much to the legends of the game.

Green recently spoke with Sam Alipour of ESPN the Magazine and discussed the people he doesn’t talk trash to. After remembering the non-response of Tim Duncan, Green recalled Kobe quickly shutting him down:

“The guy I’d never waste my breath on? Tim Duncan. As a rookie, I tried talking junk to Tim, and he was like a tree staring back at me. [Laughs] No expression. I said, “All right. It’s over.” Never talked junk to him again. After that, anytime he fell, I’d be the first person to help him up like I was his teammate. [Laughs] I also tried talking junk to Kobe [Bryant], maybe my second year. On a potential game-winner, Mark Jackson put me in to guard him, and I got the stop. I said, “Yeah, I’m locking that s— up!” He looked at me like I was crazy and said, “That miss ain’t got nothing to do with you. Sit down.” I said, “Oh, s—! All right, I’m out.”

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