- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 2:25PM
He's known for his brute strength on the court, not his trash talking - and Steven has revealed why.
Despite the frequency of trash talking in the NBA, Steven has been known to stay clear of it, but no one knew why - until now.
In his book 'My Life, My Fight' Steven went into detail about his first trash talking interaction with a 'totally aggro' Raptors player.
“Perhaps my new signing was a boost to my confidence because I decided to properly respond to trash talk for the first and last time. Jonas Valanciunas from the Raptors was ripping into me all game, totally aggro. When he asked for a fight for the hundredth time, I finally turned to him and said, ‘You don’t want to mess with me. You use a knife and fork to eat your food. I use my hands.’ He didn’t know how to respond to that because it was so dumb, but it got him to shut up for a while, so I guess it worked. I decided to retire from trash talking after that game and go out on a win.”
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'I use my hands' wasn't exactly the best comeback, but just the thought of the 7-foot player booming it back is terrifying.
Funnily enough, the next season was when Steven put Valaciunas in his place: