The NBA, according to some retired players, has become soft in terms of how the games are played and the officiating surrounding them.
It seems like any little thing you say or look you give automatically warrants a technical foul nowadays. Back in the day, if a player disrespected someone, he would sure as hell let him know about it by taunting him, but of course, the league has made it a technical foul to do so in this day and age.
To remember the good times, lets look back at eight of the most ruthless taunts in NBA history.
8. LeBron James: The Silencer
For those who don't know, LeBron James borrowed this move from Nick Van Excel and he's been using it for a couple years now.
James goes to this taunt when he's on the road and the game is tight. The away crowd is usually yelling at the top of their lungs to throw him off his game, but when he sinks he a clutch shot, he'll turn around and go to his "Silencer."
7. Steph Curry: Look Away Three
Of all the taunts on this list, this one is less in your face about it, literally.
We all know Steph Curry can catch fire like no one has before, but he takes it to another level.
There are times, when he's feeling it to the point that when he shoots a three in rhythm, he proceeds to look away, the second the ball leaves his fingertips, and runs back down the other way.
Almost 100 percent of the time he does this, you'll know the ball is going through the net.
6. Baron Davis: Untucks Jersey
We all remember where we were at this moment. Back in the 2007 NBA Playoffs, the Golden State Warriors were facing off against the Utah Jazz.
Golden State's explosive point guard Baron Davis drove the lane and finished with an emphatic slam over Andrei Kirilenko.
He then stared him down and untucked his jersey. It almost looked as if Davis couldn't get over what he had just done and seemed like he was ready to call it a night and head to the showers because there wasn't going to be something better than that play.
5. Shawn Kemp: Finger Point
Shawn Kemp was one of the most athletic big men we have ever seen, but no one must've told Alton Liston about this.
One night Liston made the worst decision of his career and attempted to take a charge on Kemp who was flying down the lane and cradling the ball in one hand. Liston thought he had position, but he was indeed late, and Kemp dunked on him with authority.
Kemp then looked at Liston who laid on the floor and pointed at him with both hands as if to say "Gotcha!"
4. Dikembe Mutombo: Finger Wag
There's no singular moment for this one because he simply did this whenever he sent your shot back in your face.
Too many times, players thought they could get the best of Mutumbo and take it to the rack, but boy were they wrong.
Even when it seemed like he didn't have the angle, he would rise up and block a shot into the stands. He would then look the player dead in the face and wag his finger and say "No, no, no, not today."
3. Michael Jordan: The Shrug
In the 1992 NBA Finals, Jordan presented us with not only one of his all-time best games, but one of his all-time best taunts as well.
In Game 1 of that series, Jordan was simply unconscious from behind the arc. After his sixth made three of the first half, Jordan walked down to the other end of the court and hit the Portland Trail Blazers with a shrug to infer, "Sorry but there's simply nothing y'all can do to stop me."
2. Michael Jordan: Finger Wags Mutumbo
Earlier in this season, Dikembe Mutombo told Jordan that the GOAT hadn't dunked on him and that he never would.
Jordan refuted this at the time, but he obviously kept this in the back of his mind for the next time these two would face off in the regular season.
Later that year, Jordan flew to the lane and slammed it over Mutumbo, who tried his best to block the shot.
When they both landed on the ground, Jordan looked him in the face and gave him Mutumbo's signature finger wag. This was taunting at a whole new level.
1. Allen Iverson: Steps Over Tyronn Lue
Allen Iverson knew how to embarrass his defenders, but one night against Tyronn Lue, he took it to another level.
Lue was attempting to guard Iverson in the corner near the Lakers bench, but Iverson gave him a few dribble moves that made Lue fall to the ground, and Iverson drilled the shot. He then looked down at Lue, who was contemplating his life on the ground, and proceeded to step over him.