Don't poke the bear.
It seems so obvious, yet, so often, athletes foolishly give opponents top-notch bulletin board material.
Occasionally, the barbs might throw players off a little bit, but, as we've seen for a decade now, LeBron James is no ordinary player. The Miami Heat superstar is the NBA's premier performer, a four-time MVP, the best since Michael Jordan and arguably, already, one of the 10 greatest the league has ever seen.
Faced with that reality, Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers tried to mentally throw James off earlier this week, saying James, by trash talking in Saturday's Heat win, had shown "a sign of weakness, because he never used to say nothing."
Or, it might have just been the mercurial Stephenson once again being unable to restrain himself from doing something regrettable.
Either way -- big mistake.