If we’ve learned anything about this team during their exhibition tour in the Bahamas, it’s that they love to talk trash. Keldon Johnson confirmed that he’s the biggest trash talker of the group, and after dunks like he had last night, it’s easy to see why.
“I’m number one. PJ [Washington]’s number two. Then, I’ll say Quade [Green],” Johnson said. “EJ [Montgomery] don’t talk. You’ve got to get EJ really fired up.”
PJ Washington agreed with Keldon’s rankings, and said the fact that this group talks as much trash as they do is a very good sign.
“Keldon, Ashton [Hagans], probably me, Quade, I’ll say Tyler [Herro], Immanuel [Quickley]. I think Nick [Richards] does a little bit too,” Washington said. “I feel like trash talking is about being confident. I feel like if I’m trash talking, I’m confident in myself and I feel like the other guys are too. That comes with getting your work done in the gym, which boosts your confidence. Like I said, that makes teams special.”
Johnson attributed his trash talking nature to growing up with two younger brothers.
“I had two little brothers so we were always brawling in the backyard. We always talk trash. I think it really started my ninth grade year and it just became more progressive.”
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After two games of missed dunks, Johnson finally connected on one last night, showing everyone what Immanuel Quickley has known for weeks: slowing down Johnson is a chore.
“In practice, it’s hell. Especially guarding him because he’s a force, on offense and on defense. But just to have him on my team, it’s special — like with all these guys, it’s special. We pretty much go ten deep and can do a lot of combinations.”
How far is too far with trash talking? According to Keldon, bringing up somebody’s mom.
“No, that’s personal,” Keldon said when Jerry Tipton asked him if he talks about people’s moms. “That’s personal. I try to stay away from that.”
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