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(Guardian)   The Top 10 craziest fights in NBA history: The Punch, Will Smith checking Nash into the boards, Metta Ron-Ron World Peacetest, and 'Melo suckerpunching a cat then moonwalking like Jacko made the list   (guardian.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-04-24 01:06:38 PM  
List fails without Sedale Threatt knocking Danny Ainge TFO with one shot.

/I know I'm old
//it was still awesome
 
2012-04-24 01:25:04 PM  
The "Will Smith" incident wasn't even a fight. It was just considered one so that the league could suspend a couple of Suns for a game, helping the Spurs even more than they'd already helped 'em.
 
2012-04-24 04:18:44 PM  

IAmRight: The "Will Smith" incident wasn't even a fight. It was just considered one so that the league could suspend a couple of Suns for a game, helping the Spurs even more than they'd already helped 'em.


Neither was Bynum/Barea. Unless you count Barea assaulting the floor with his face a battle.
 
2012-04-24 04:20:23 PM  
No Barkley v. Laimbeer, (was Mahorn in that too)?
No Magic v. Bird?

*yawn*
 
2012-04-24 04:21:15 PM  
Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.
 
2012-04-24 04:22:22 PM  

Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.


Durr. FTFM.
 
2012-04-24 04:24:34 PM  
First 5 are Lakers (except the Palace, which was started by now Laker Artest)

Stay Classy LA
 
2012-04-24 04:27:18 PM  
cdn.bleacherreport.net

God, I love the 90s.
 
2012-04-24 04:32:21 PM  

IAmRight: The "Will Smith" incident wasn't even a fight. It was just considered one so that the league could suspend a couple of Suns for a game, helping the Spurs even more than they'd already helped 'em.


So what you're saying is, the NBA believed it could raise or maintain revenue and ratings by helping the San Antonio market win another title rather than have the far more entertaining Suns win their first ever title for the much larger market of Phoenix.

Ok then.
 
2012-04-24 04:34:59 PM  

IAmRight: The "Will Smith" incident wasn't even a fight. It was just considered one so that the league could suspend a couple of Suns for a game, helping the Spurs even more than they'd already helped 'em.


Yup, this.
 
2012-04-24 04:35:15 PM  
Too many recent ones. What about Mahorn throwing Jordan to the ground, giving Oakley two shots to the face, and clearing both benches in what resulted in Doug Collins getting thrown over the scorers table and both Oakley and Mahorn ejected. Then later Adrian Dantley coming after Jordan again.

Kids these days have no appreciation for the brawls of old?
 
2012-04-24 04:36:19 PM  

robsul82: [cdn.bleacherreport.net image 276x400]

God, I love the 90s.


Aaaaaaand this. I miss that basketball so much. And Van Gundy leg-hugging.
 
2012-04-24 04:39:53 PM  

Morpheses: robsul82: [cdn.bleacherreport.net image 276x400]

God, I love the 90s.

Aaaaaaand this. I miss that basketball so much. And Van Gundy leg-hugging.


i.dailyherald.com

If/when the Bulls and Heat play in the ECF again, let's have one team or the other challenge them to play under 90s Rules, lol.
 
2012-04-24 04:40:30 PM  
A quick google turned up about 15 fights bigger than those.

I think they just wanted to bring up the canard that the league is so much more violent now than in ye olden peaceful days of Xavier McDaniels vs. The Knicks in the courtside seats.
 
2012-04-24 04:46:58 PM  

jlawn001: No Magic v. Bird?


The Larry Bird fight that deserves attention is the one with Dr. J. That thing cleared both benches.
 
2012-04-24 04:49:13 PM  

Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.


Any MMA fight > all 10 entries on the list

amiright?
 
2012-04-24 04:49:17 PM  
As long as the Ron Artest Interactive Fan Experience is on the list.... that's all I need.

Also, if you'll note the article's title.... it doesn't end after "fight." It also is meant to include punches & cheap shots.


Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.


Nobody cares. Seriously. This is a thread about basketball. It has nothing to do with hockey.
 
2012-04-24 04:59:36 PM  

Di Atribe: Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.

Nobody cares. Seriously. This is a thread about basketball. It has nothing to do with hockey.


Don't forget; this is FARK. Even if it makes no sense, everything has to do with everything. It might even be a rule. :)
 
2012-04-24 05:17:36 PM  

Decillion: So what you're saying is, the NBA believed it could raise or maintain revenue and ratings by helping the San Antonio market win another title rather than have the far more entertaining Suns win their first ever title for the much larger market of Phoenix.


No, what I'm saying is David Stern has a personal hardon for the Spurs and their milquetoast superstars, all of whom were largely non-offensive, with their lack of visible tattoos, Duncan's known nerdiness, etc. especially after things like the Artest Interactive Fan Experience and other players and the racist media helped basically label the league as a "thug" league because ALLEN IVERSON HAS TATTOOS AND WEARS BAGGY CLOTHES! and sh*t like that.

Don't act like Stern is above letting his personal opinion change how he reacts to a situation, like, say, letting his BFF Clay Bennett make a bad-faith effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle and then take them to his backyard.
 
2012-04-24 05:24:21 PM  
When I saw 'The Punch' I figured that Rudy T was, at best, paralyzed, or, at worst, dead.
 
2012-04-24 05:24:56 PM  

Di Atribe: As long as the Ron Artest Interactive Fan Experience is on the list.... that's all I need.

Also, if you'll note the article's title.... it doesn't end after "fight." It also is meant to include punches & cheap shots.


Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.

Nobody cares. Seriously. This is a thread about basketball. It has nothing to do with hockey.


Not for long?

i36.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-24 05:25:25 PM  

coffee fiend: Don't forget; this is FARK. Even if it makes no sense, everything has to do with everything. It might even be a rule. :)


Good point. Well, I was a bit disappointed in the Stars this year, but am hopeful for next year, I don't think the Mavs will repeat, although that'd be pretty badass AND I think the Rangers might finish the job this year. Oh and purple is my favorite color and I don't trust birds, which is why I still can't form an opinion on Joe Flacco. IT'S ALL CONNECTED


IAmRight: No, what I'm saying is David Stern has a personal hardon for the Spurs and their milquetoast superstars, all of whom were largely non-offensive, with their lack of visible tattoos, Duncan's known nerdiness, etc. especially after things like the Artest Interactive Fan Experience and other players and the racist media helped basically label the league as a "thug" league because ALLEN IVERSON HAS TATTOOS AND WEARS BAGGY CLOTHES! and sh*t like that.

Don't act like Stern is above letting his personal opinion change how he reacts to a situation, like, say, letting his BFF Clay Bennett make a bad-faith effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle and then take them to his backyard.


Your Spurs & Stern hate makes me feel all fuzzy and warm like a wee little kitten.
 
2012-04-24 05:28:45 PM  

IAmRight: Don't act like Stern is above letting his personal opinion change how he reacts to a situation, like, say, letting his BFF Clay Bennett make a bad-faith effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle and then take them to his backyard.


Or, say, hiding his most popular and marketable player's having gambled on basketball.
 
2012-04-24 05:36:13 PM  

Di Atribe: Your Spurs & Stern hate makes me feel all fuzzy and warm like a wee little kitten.


Luckily for you, Cubes managed to be quiet so he would be allowed a title.

Of course, Stern kind of obviously isn't a fan of the Heat and the idea that the players might control their own destinies, so he was happy to have them lose...but I don't doubt for a second if Cubes started getting mouthy in the press, he'd bring back the 2006 rules.
 
2012-04-24 05:39:19 PM  
The "Malice at the Palace", the single, greatest basketbrawl in HISTORY, is #2?!

imageshack.us
 
2012-04-24 05:43:00 PM  
Robert Parish sucker punching Bill Laimbeer in the back of the head, twice. And he should have hit Laimbeer ten more times.
 
2012-04-24 05:44:28 PM  

IAmRight: Decillion: So what you're saying is, the NBA believed it could raise or maintain revenue and ratings by helping the San Antonio market win another title rather than have the far more entertaining Suns win their first ever title for the much larger market of Phoenix.

No, what I'm saying is David Stern has a personal hardon for the Spurs and their milquetoast superstars, all of whom were largely non-offensive, with their lack of visible tattoos, Duncan's known nerdiness, etc. especially after things like the Artest Interactive Fan Experience and other players and the racist media helped basically label the league as a "thug" league because ALLEN IVERSON HAS TATTOOS AND WEARS BAGGY CLOTHES! and sh*t like that.


And don't forget who was on the floor during that series.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-24 05:57:01 PM  

IAmRight:
No, what I'm saying is David Stern has a personal hardon for the Spurs and their milquetoast superstars, all of whom were largely non-offensive, with their lack of visible tattoos, Duncan's known nerdiness, etc. especially after things like the Artest Interactive Fan Experience and other players and the racist media helped basically label the league as a "thug" league because ALLEN IVERSON HAS TATTOOS AND WEARS BAGGY CLOTHES! and sh*t like that.

Don't act like Stern is above letting his personal opinion change how he reacts to a situation, like, say, letting his BFF Clay Bennett make a bad-faith effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle and then take them to his backyard.


I agree about Stern, but your argument would seem to point more to him wanting to promote Nash as a face of the league. The Spurs were so bland that viewers were more likely to tune out of the playoffs than register how great the non-thug team was doing.
 
2012-04-24 06:01:08 PM  

serial arseonist: Di Atribe: As long as the Ron Artest Interactive Fan Experience is on the list.... that's all I need.

Also, if you'll note the article's title.... it doesn't end after "fight." It also is meant to include punches & cheap shots.


Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.

Nobody cares. Seriously. This is a thread about basketball. It has nothing to do with hockey.

Not for long?

[i36.photobucket.com image 300x205]


i670.photobucket.com

/No one got sued, suspended, or went to jail after that epic brawl
//Not that today's NHL is any less milquetoast than today's NBA or NFL
 
2012-04-24 07:05:10 PM  

Decillion: IAmRight:
No, what I'm saying is David Stern has a personal hardon for the Spurs and their milquetoast superstars, all of whom were largely non-offensive, with their lack of visible tattoos, Duncan's known nerdiness, etc. especially after things like the Artest Interactive Fan Experience and other players and the racist media helped basically label the league as a "thug" league because ALLEN IVERSON HAS TATTOOS AND WEARS BAGGY CLOTHES! and sh*t like that.

Don't act like Stern is above letting his personal opinion change how he reacts to a situation, like, say, letting his BFF Clay Bennett make a bad-faith effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle and then take them to his backyard.

I agree about Stern, but your argument would seem to point more to him wanting to promote Nash as a face of the league. The Spurs were so bland that viewers were more likely to tune out of the playoffs than register how great the non-thug team was doing.


If Stern wanted Nash the face of the league, it would have happened. He had perfectly good reason to suspend Duncan for a game in that series. Duncan walked onto the court at a time he was on the bench, which is supposed to warrant a one game suspension. This did not happen.
 
2012-04-24 07:40:12 PM  
I once heard an older guy I know tell a story about a Willis Reed fight at the garden. He described it as the closest thing he's ever seen to a John Wayne movie fight: three guys ran up on Reed, and he one punched each one to the floor as soon as they stepped into range.
 
2012-04-24 07:46:33 PM  

EyeballKid: IAmRight: Don't act like Stern is above letting his personal opinion change how he reacts to a situation, like, say, letting his BFF Clay Bennett make a bad-faith effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle and then take them to his backyard.

Or, say, hiding his most popular and marketable player's having gambled on basketball.


And then punishing him by making him majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
 
2012-04-24 07:58:39 PM  

Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.


Any televised NBA game > higher rated than all 10 Stanley Cups.
 
2012-04-24 08:41:35 PM  
Wait. This bag of shiatstains actually changed his name to Metta World Peace? I have no words...I...what!?

/stop the planet, I want to get off now
 
2012-04-24 08:44:26 PM  
That Robert Horry bump still pisses me off. Its like the NBA has zero common sense regarding the rule that they setup in the first place. They rewarded Horry for his bullshiat, pussy ass ghetto foul on Nash. Nash didnt retaliate--why punish his team extra simply because they left the bench area.

Stern is a jerkoff. Ill say it to the day I day. A jerkoff. See I said it again.

jerkoff
 
2012-04-24 09:03:37 PM  

torr5962: That Robert Horry bump still pisses me off. Its like the NBA has zero common sense regarding the rule that they setup in the first place. They rewarded Horry for his bullshiat, pussy ass ghetto foul on Nash. Nash didnt retaliate--why punish his team extra simply because they left the bench area.



the rule by unintentional design is more "harmful" in the playoffs......in the regular season, the "you miss the next game" rule, who cares? you're in a new city playing a new team.

IN A PLAYOFF SERIES, that stupid, "any player that leaves the bench misses the next game" rule has consequences.

/and no, Phoenix Suns fan will never forget Tim Duncan leaving the bench, walking onto the court fromt he bench damn near the outermost arc of the three point line and getting nothing from it. why? because Stern ruled the "incident" at the other end of the court wasn't a "fight" per se.
 
2012-04-24 09:20:14 PM  
I guess I can't blame him. If my name was Kermit I'd want to kick someone's ass too.
 
2012-04-24 09:34:19 PM  
Stern is a no-talent clown whose "genius" was figuring out that jordan could dunk a ball. News at 11.
 
2012-04-24 11:26:50 PM  

IAmRight: The "Will Smith" incident wasn't even a fight. It was just considered one so that the league could suspend a couple of Suns for a game, helping the Spurs even more than they'd already helped 'em.


oh god just stop, farking a get over it. There was no conspiracy. The league did not want a spurs final. you know even know it, but fark me if you won't grow up and admit it. farking still whining about that half a decade after it happened.
 
2012-04-24 11:29:08 PM  

Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.


Luthiel: Any NHL fight > better than all 10 entries on this list.


"Tomjanovich was taken to an ambulance and brought to the hospital, there the X-rays revealed that the posterior portion of his face was way out of alignment. The doctor could easily move around Rudy's upper jaw and his eyes were beginning to swell shut. The doctor asked him if he had a funny taste in his mouth and Rudy responded that he did and it wasn't bloody, but very bitter. Cerebrospinal fluid was leaking out of a skull fracture and into his mouth. "
 
2012-04-24 11:35:54 PM  
Barkley vs Laimbeer was too manly of a fight for a British rag to report on. Euro queers...
 
2012-04-24 11:36:04 PM  
btw this is what the suns fans are still whining about how the fix was on because of this

Link
 
2012-04-24 11:46:54 PM  

IAmRight: Decillion: So what you're saying is, the NBA believed it could raise or maintain revenue and ratings by helping the San Antonio market win another title rather than have the far more entertaining Suns win their first ever title for the much larger market of Phoenix.

No, what I'm saying is David Stern has a personal hardon for the Spurs and their milquetoast superstars, all of whom were largely non-offensive, with their lack of visible tattoos, Duncan's known nerdiness, etc. especially after things like the Artest Interactive Fan Experience and other players and the racist media helped basically label the league as a "thug" league because ALLEN IVERSON HAS TATTOOS AND WEARS BAGGY CLOTHES! and sh*t like that.

Don't act like Stern is above letting his personal opinion change how he reacts to a situation, like, say, letting his BFF Clay Bennett make a bad-faith effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle and then take them to his backyard.


You need to get help, and soon.
 
2012-04-25 12:37:38 AM  
negro criminals sucker punching humans

outlandishly

true

funny they couldn't find other negro ballers to get brave with
 
2012-04-25 09:03:21 AM  

EngineerBoy: When I saw 'The Punch' I figured that Rudy T was, at best, paralyzed, or, at worst, dead.


I didn't read the book, but heard John Feinstein interviewed. He said at the hospital when rudy wanted to go back to the game, the Dr. asked him 'Can you smell almonds right now? Yeah, that's your spinal fluid leaking into your brain.'
 
2012-04-25 09:21:57 AM  

Decillion: I agree about Stern, but your argument would seem to point more to him wanting to promote Nash as a face of the league.


Nah, Nash is a dirty hippie Canadian. Rich people don't like people that were protesting the war back when the war was making all of 'em money.

rickythepenguin: because Stern ruled the "incident" at the other end of the court wasn't a "fight" per se.


If only a Sun had walked up to Elson and cold-cocked him while Duncan was on the court, Duncan would've "had" to have been suspended. F*ck, Diaw was right there! Diaw got suspended anyway for doing literally nothing, he would've gotten the same one game if he elbowed Elson in the face at that point.

Rozotorical: btw this is what the suns fans are still whining about how the fix was on because of this

Link


Realistically, we don't think Duncan should have been suspended, except by the gutless commissioner saying he "had no choice" but to suspend Diaw. Diaw went over and checked on Nash - when he saw that Bell was coming to confront Horry, he went immediately back to the bench. There was no justifiable reason for suspending him. He didn't leave the bench during an altercation - he left the bench to check on his teammate and immediately returned to the bench during an altercation. Amare wasn't within 30 feet of a Spurs player, but I can understand possibly suspending him because he was being mouthy. To suspend both of a team's power forwards for a playoff game in a tie series for something as insignificant as that is horsesh*t.
 
2012-04-25 10:16:55 AM  
2. Malice at the Palace

The most infamous brawl in NBA history started when Indiana's Ron Artest - years before changing his name to Metta World Peace - fouled Detroit's Ben Wallace in 2004. Wallace shoved back, other players got involved and Artest wound up lying on the scorer's table. He even put on a pair of headphones at one point, while others on the court continued a battle of mostly words for over a minute. Then a fan threw a beverage on Artest, prompting him and teammate Stephen Jackson to head into the stands. "Someone started trouble," Artest said years later, "but I ended it."


Not how I remember it....

Link
 
2012-04-25 10:59:06 AM  
List fails.I've seen better fighting in chess matches.
 
2012-04-25 11:07:45 AM  
I'm pretty sure Isaiah Thomas getting elbowed in the head by Karl Malone was a bit worse (40 stitches, concussion) than the Artest elbow. But obviously the writer of this article wasn't alive when that occurred.
 
2012-04-25 11:26:44 AM  
I was listening to some music, and got all excited, and celebrated a great song by putting my car in drive and stomping the gas. It's too bad that Ron Artest had to get run over during that. It was wholly unintentional. But after viewing the video, seeing that I put it in reverse and ran him over again...it did look pretty bad.

Harden should have been called for an offensive foul. Artest never did anything wrong.
 
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