Players I Love to Hate

Al SileshiContributor IFebruary 12, 2009

I know I'm going to receive some negative feedback and sound like a hater, but I feel the need to vent a little. So here's some of the players I just can't stand:

Sasha Vujacic: The kid's got some upside to him with his shot and defense, but as a Spurs fan, I've grown accustomed to wanting him ejected for every little thing he does. He's a pesky player, one that will do whatever it takes—very similar to a San Antonio Spurs’ player. But Vujacic doesn't hide it well; he pushes, pulls, bumps, and runs. I respect his enthusiasm, but I hate his guts.

Kevin Garnett: I have all the respect in the world for KG and his game, but like many people, I have just grown tired of his antics. He's an intimidating force, but he can go overboard with his methods. He demands respect, but often lacks giving it to other players. And for that reason, "The Big Ticket" makes the list

Chris Paul: Like Garnett, I love Paul's game, and think he's an incredible player. With that said, some of his on-court actions really irk me. I have seen Paul play a lot, and in almost every game I watch, he spends more time talking to the referees than he does with his own teammates. And he engages in more than just talks with officials; the guy's constantly nagging. He has also become quite the flopper.

Corey Maggette: Maggette is another great talent who allows his selfishness to outshine his game. He plays in the Sam Cassell mindset. If Maggette gets the ball, no matter where he is, he's going to be putting up the shot. He's certainly capable of making shots, but I'm happy the Spurs signed Roger Mason instead of him. I say this because I have no idea how he could be happy as the fourth best player on the team.

The only thing I hate more than losing to the Lakers is a player who blatantly ignores his teammates, thus my hatred for Maggette.

David West: First off, I'd like to say that West should not be on the All-Star roster this year.

Of all the players in the NBA, the player I despise most is David West. He has the temperament of a five-year-old brat, and he's never afraid to let it show. I didn't really know much about West until last year's Spurs-Hornets playoff series. Not surprisingly, I hated everything I witnessed.

Don't get me wrong, the guy's a good player, featuring a great mid-range shot, but he's also the definition of a dirty player. After watching him attempt to decapitate Mike Miller, I was inspired to write an article.

If West gets fouled, he stands under the rim and pouts for about 10 seconds. He's also been known to go on a cursing rant if the call doesn't go his way. He has serious anger issues that lead to him dishing out fouls like an ATM dishes out money. If I ever saw him, I would tell him to grow up—then run.

"Honorable" Mention: Lamar Odom, Josh Howard, and Ron Artest.