Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics
Gary Payton is one of the most legendary trash talkers the league has ever seen, even as a rookie. In a preseason game against Payton’s Sonics, Jordan tired quickly of the Rookie’s talking so he shouted, “Leave the f—ing rookie to me.” Phil Jackson, sensing Jordan’s attention, called a few plays in a row for Jordan, who lit up Payton.
The rivalry would continue and the two would meet in the 1996 NBA Finals. Midway through Game 2 Jordan and Payton went face to face at mid-court during a tv timeout. The two shouted at each other before teammates had to get involved. As always, Jordan would have the last laugh.