USA TODAY’s Mark Medina and Jeff Zillgitt on NBA trash talk, bizarre stories, KD

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As the 2019-20 NBA season moves toward its second week, new duos such as LeBron James and Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, resurgent teams and disappointing starts have made headlines.

USA TODAY NBA reporters Mark Medina and Jeff Zillgitt answered questions about the new season during a Reddit AMA on Wednesday.

Below is a condensed and edited Q&A:

What’s been the best on-court trash talk you’ve ever heard? 

Mark Medina: Unfortunately, you don’t hear much given where our press seats are. But my favorite moments always happen in Memphis where reporters still sit on press row. I enjoyed seeing Warriors coach Steve Kerr and former Lakers coach Luke Walton interact with the officials. They offered a good dose of friendliness, playful sarcasm, frustration and words unsuitable for print.

What are your predictions for the NBA Finals this season?

Jeff Zillgitt: I went Bucks-Clippers with Clippers winning the title. But as history has proven, I’m much better at telling you what and why it happened rather than telling you what will happen. Predictions are not my thing.

Medina: Eastern Conference champion: Sixers; Western Conference champion: Clippers; NBA champion: Clippers.

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What is the most bizarre story, experience, situation, you have come across?

Zillgitt: The 2011 NBA lockout was pretty bizarre, waiting on New York City sidewalks or hotel lobbiesfor someone to give us a morsel of information that usually wasn’t very helpful. Though, (then-NBA commissioner) David Stern and (then-NBPA executive director) Billy Hunter provided great theater at times. Gregg Popovich was jogging on a city street when he stopped to talk to a bunch of reporters waiting outside a hotel. Two cameramen got into a fight in the street

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