Sure, some players say they let their game do the talking.
And then they ramble on and on, hogging the microphone and mugging for the cameras. Or they go on Twitter or Facebook to post something that doesn't always make sense or resemble the English language.
Yak, yak, yak.Yakety-yak, they all talk back.
A man of few words or syllables, Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson really does let his game do the talking.
And it is being rather chatty this season.
In fact, his game won't shut up. It was downright loquacious against the Phoenix Suns (19 points, nine rebounds) on Sunday, effusive against the Detroit Pistons (14 points) and blabby against the Minnesota Timberwolves (11 points, five rebounds).
It is getting louder by the basket.
Did you see the jump-shot Nicholson calmly drained late in the Phoenix win, leaving everyone, ahem, speechless?
Good thing Andrew's game has become a wonderful, go-to spokesman.
Because he's left defenders and media members totally frustrated.
When a crowd of microphones and notebooks circle him, Andrew looks as if he's being audited. It's an inside joke among teammates.
"This should be good," Jameer Nelson deadpans as he watches the scene.
We'd love to capture his personality or record his expanded thoughts, but he speaks in droll TV sound bites.
For some reason, Nicholson is wary of the press. "I've heard that, too," fellow rookie Kyle O' Quinn says.
There's no apparent incident in which he was burned while at St. Bonaventure.
By all accounts, he's a terrific guy and relatively verbose with teammates. "He'll talk a lot if you keep bothering him enough," laughs O'Quinn.
Asked about Nicholson's relationship with the media, O'Quinn chuckles and says, "He's limited."
Maybe he's not comfortable yet or maybe it's just a tedious exercise to a kid who might be the Magic's smartest player -- ever. Don't recall any who majored in physics.
He's Twitter in human form, needing just 140 characters of conversation. His tweets do reveal he's holding back, though (busted!):
"Ate a whole bag of gummy bears….Congrats to the Argos for winning the Grey Cup…Buffalo lobster yum!...Cirque du soleil was absolutely amazing…This place is no joke...scary as hell#Halloweenhorrornight…Honestly, why do short ppl need the exit row!!?....I'm not sarcastic..more so just verbally ironic….It's funny how physics asks the question about the speed a man falls off a cliff...but never answers why he is jumping in the first place…Whoever takes a shot of tequila and makes no face is a pro…You're from canada! So u can play hockey right?#igethatAlot #noicant #myfeetaretoobig."