The NBA playoffs are now in full swing, bringing with them the usual intensity and trash-talking that occurs within rivalries. Recent trash-talking on social media between Josh Hart and Donovan Mitchell has set tongues wagging as a new entry into the category of playful banter. However, during Mitchell’s hype video on Instagram, Hart took to the comments section with a since-deleted message saying “F–k you.” Despite the seeming intensity of Hart’s comment, the Knicks’ super-sub has been clear that this was friendly trash-talk between two associates who underwent college workouts and are part of the same draft class.
Hart added that he is excited to be playing against Mitchell in the playoffs, a prospect that has been made even more enticing by the fact that the duo are known to be gaming buddies. The tweet serves as a reminder that even heated rivalries in the NBA can have a fun side. Sure, there might be a bit of trash-talking, but more often than not, that alleged animosity is nothing more than good-humored ribbing between friends.
It is a refreshing change of pace to enjoy the lighter side of NBA rivalries, which have recently been known to get out of hand. Hopefully, this kind of friendly banter can help reduce tensions both on and off the court. Meanwhile, as Hart and Mitchell prepare to face off, it will be exciting to see what further hilarious exchanges occur between the two during the series.