Although, Bryant says that he doesn’t talk trash often, but when he does, he goes for the “jugular”, according to ESPN:
“If there’s one Celtic that tries to talk smack to me, it will be Paul,” Kobe reported. “We’re similar in age, have been through some of the same things, so he feels like he can try. But he’s not as good at it as I am.
“I don’t talk trash often, but when I do, I go for the jugular.”
However, he says that when he trash talks with LeBron James, LBJ just laughs:
The camaraderie of today’s NBA players, fueled, in part, by their AAU alliances, is mildly disturbing to Bryant, who preferred it when the enemy was anyone who didn’t ride the team bus with you to the game.
“They don’t seem to want to talk any trash,” Kobe shrugged. “I say everything to LeBron. He says nothing back. He just laughs. There’s no banter back and forth. I guess it’s a generational thing. When I first came into the league, the trash talk was downright cutthroat.”
It’ll be interesting to see what happens in tomorrow’s game. Hopefully they have Kobe and LeBron mic’d up so we can hear Bryant talking some trash – though it would probably need a fair bit of censoring – and LeBron laughing back at him.