The All-NBA Hate List: From a Celtics Fanatic's Viewpoint

GrahamSenior Analyst IApril 13, 2009

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We all know the teams the Celtics fans hate right now: the Lakers, Cavs (well, after we got blown out, that is), Pistons, Hawks, and more. But what about players?

I mean, don't you all love to trash-talk Kobe? Don't you love to rip Rasheed? Or how about rubbing the championship in Mike Bibby's face?

The fact is, you just can't help love to hate. And besides, poking fun towards the players we'll talk about below is always welcome here at Celtics 17.

So here I make a team filled with current players I dislike (more like hate, or despise) in the NBA.

Just to clarify, I am basing whether the players are starters or not by the level of hate I direct towards them, not their talent.


The Starting Lineup

Point Guard: Mike Bibby

Bibby was not viewed as an enemy until last year, when traded to the Hawks, who faced the Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

He gave the Celtics fans a reason to hate him by saying this:

"They were kind of loud at the beginning, but a lot of these fans are bandwagon jumpers trying to get on this now. I played here last year, too. And I didn't see three-fourths of them. They're for the team now and they might get a little rowdy but that's about it.

"I remember them having bags on their heads [last year]. It's a different look. I guess that's what happens when you win...But they are fair-weather fans, if you ask me."

Well Mike, we ended up winning the championship while you guys were out playing golf. Next time, back up the things you say. But hey, this always helps calm me down... (link to video).


Shooting Guard: Sasha Vujacic

Vujacic is one player who I just can't stand. His emotions always interrupt the game, and his ridiculous quotes ("I haven't wore green until we lost in the Finals, and I won't again until we beat the Celtics," before the Christmas Day game against the Celtics) irritate me.

In Game Four of the NBA Finals, when the Celtics came back from 24 points down, Vujacic proceeded to stomp his way to the bench, then scream random profanity while whipping a towel around.

It's kind of hard NOT to cringe when you see the guy after witnessing that.


Small Forward: Ron Artest

Artest is viewed as one of the greatest defenders in the game today. Known for his rivalry with Celtics star Paul Pierce, Artest is also known for his "bad boy" reputation when he was playing for the Indiana Pacers.

However, it was beyond dirty when Artest pantsed Pierce in the middle of a game. Pierce was then left standing in his boxers. Ron Artest, you dis-GUST me.

Power Forward: Anderson Varejao

First of all, this guy is just flat-out annoying. Really, he seems like the power forward version of Sam Cassell...except he isn't on our team.

His physical play and his big mouth make me want to jump off the couch and drive down to the court so I can teach him a little lesson.

Well, I probably would get pummeled, but hey, just to get a punch in would feel good. Big Baby knows how I feel...(link to video).


Center: Al Horford

Horford only did one thing that really raised my blood pressure: During the first round playoff series last year between the C's and the Hawks, the Hawks were on a run, and when Pierce fell to the ground after contact, Horford began to yell at Pierce.

I couldn't really make out what he was saying, but it looked discriminating to me. I mean, you're a rookie (well, now a sophomore), Horford, and Pierce is a future HOFer.

I already explained this to your teammate Mike Bibby...BACK IT UP. Please, then we won't have to go through this so often. Then maybe, we might show you some respect.


Sixth Man

Kobe Bryant

It's always fun to poke fun at Bryant because of his rape charge in the early 2000s, but unfortunately for us and the rest of the NBA, he was not convicted (JUST KIDDING...sigh).

Bryant is now viewed as one of the top-tier players in the NBA, but luckily, the Celtics had such top-notch defense that they shut down Bryant in the Finals, and prevented Bryant from getting his first championship since the Shaq departure.


Role Players

Rasheed Wallace

Yelling profanity in the camera after a blowout in the playoffs isn't something we Boston fans like, especially when you are already disliked because of that horrible Detroit jersey you're wearing.

Never follow Sasha Vujacic (see segment about him above), it'll only get you in trouble.


Rip Hamilton

OK, growing your fingernails long purposely to scratch players on defense is something I really loathe...especially when you grow them extra long before a matchup against Ray Allen. Well actually, we benefited from that.

After a few matchups with Hamilton (whose first name is actually Richard), Allen then put a protective sleeve on his forearm.

After a couple games with the sleeve, Allen started to become in love with it, and has had a successful season with it shooting wise. Well Rip, I guess cutting your fingernails would do you some good.

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol, or Gasoft I should say, was good to us the Finals last year, all of a sudden transforming into a somewhat soft player, and allowing Boston to dominate in the paint.

Unfortunately, Gasoft had deceived us, and when coming into the Christmas Day game, Celtics fans thought they would at least be able to win the matchup down low with Gasol and Odom playing down there.

However, Gasol came through for L.A. in the final quarter, and sadly, it would be rather ridiculous to call him Gasoft anymore. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Garbage Boys

Gilbert Arenas

Arenas, one, told his team in a press conference that it might be better if the Wiz just tank it so they can get a draft pick. I mean, it's not like they're going to win without him anyway... right?

Well Gil, you have a team full of young'uns who are still adapting to the NBA game.

You certainly don't want them to think that the star player thinks they should "tank it." Plus, enough of this trash talking on your blog please.


Jermaine O'Neal

After the 2003-04 playoff series between these two teams in the first round, I began to notice how dirty J.O. was. He would grab players' jerseys while the refs weren't looking, and try to irritate players like Antoine Walker.

It got so bad that it was at the point where Walker turned around to hit O'Neal, Jermaine jumped out of the way, and Antoine then hit the ref. He was of course ejected. Why I oughta...

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

During last year's semifinals when the Cavs faced the champion Celtics, Sam Cassell was on the ground after getting tangled with Ilgauskas.

The play was dead, and while Z was walking towards the bench, it looked like he intentionally banged his knee hard against Cassell's head, which then knocked him down again. I think you get the point.

Guys in Street Clothes

Antonio McDyess

Went to the Pistons in free agency instead of coming to Boston. We could've been one of the greatest teams ever. Darn you...


Chauncey Billups

The Celtics killer.


Marvin Williams

Headhunted Rondo last year in the first round series with the Celtics.


So what do you think? Do you hate all those guys? You better! If there are even more that you want mentioned, tell me who and why in a comment!


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