Draymond Green considers himself the best trash-talker in the NBA, but he's also learned that there are some players who can't be rattled by his words.
"The guy I'd never waste my breath on? Tim Duncan," Green said in a wide-ranging interview with Sam Alipour of ESPN The Magazine. "As a rookie, I tried talking junk to Tim, and he was like a tree staring back at me. 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.
"I also tried talking junk to Kobe, 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.'"
The Golden State Warriors star also spoke about some of the most common misconceptions people have about him.
"I think I'm perceived as a prick. Which is funny to me," he said. "I'm OK with you thinking I'm a prick because that means you 100 percent don't know me."