The Top 10 Best NBA Fights and Scuffles of the Last Two Seasons
The NBA hasn't been the same since the infamous brawl between the Indiana Pacer and the Detroit Pistons that spilled into the stands.
These days, breathing on another player may constitute a flagrant foul.
Nevertheless, every now and then, players can't help themselves; there have been a handful of terrific fights and scuffles in the league over the last couple of seasons. Let's count down the top ten!
Bonus: LeBron James vs. Water Bottle
Just missing the cut.
27 January 2010: With his fearsome frame, not many players would want to pick a fight with King James.
In desperate need of an opponent, LeBron picks on an innocent water bottle, which he kicks into a tray of Gatorade cups. That earned the King a $25,000 fine.
That's about as close to a fight as LeBron has gotten, apart from the "dance" debacle with Joakim Noah (below).
10. Danny Granger vs. Channing Frye
6 March 2010: The Pacers have had a frustrating season. So when Channing Frye decided to shove Earl Watson's head, Danny Granger decided to take out his frustrations.
Roy Hibbert also had to be held back, and poor Steve Nash almost got in the way.
Granger and Frye both got suspended, while Watson, Hibbert, Jason Richardson were fined.
9. Ray Allen vs. Anderson Varejao
12 April 2009: The Celtics and Cavs don't like each other, but this was going a bit too far.
Varejao throws Ray Allen to the floor, and Jesus Shuttlesworth retaliates by throwing an elbow into Varejao's "Denzel Washingtons".
For some reason, Allen seems to be the one that is more pissed off, while Varejao doesn't appear to have felt anything.
8. Matt Barnes vs. Hasheem Thabeet
4 April 2010: This was a very recent game where Barnes was knocked to the ground and then shoved Thabeet in the back. Soon Vince Carter got involved and Matt Barnes went crazy.
If only Dwight Howard decided to exchange some blows, then this could have easily made the top three.
7. Ron Artest vs. Kobe Bryant
6 May 2009: We all remember how Ron Artest reacted to a water bottle hitting his chest, so when Kobe Bryant decided to give Ron an elbow in the same area during last year's playoffs, it wasn't looking good for the Mamba.
After not getting enough of a reaction from the refs, Ron Ron went after his future teammate, who wanted absolutely no part of him. Smart move.
6. Kendrick Perkins vs. Jason Maxiel
30 January 2009: Kendrick Perkins throws Jason Maxiel to the floor. Maxiel is annoyed and shoves back. Both sides need to be separated.
Extra points for the lazy, cheap push from Kevin Garnett just for the sake of it, and the retaliatory shove from Rasheed Wallace.
5. Lamar Odom vs. Kenyon Martin
23 October 2009: Jostling for position under the ring, Lamar Odom somehow ends up in a scuffle with Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson that goes on for much longer than it should have.
The two had to be restrained from one end of the court to the other. Mr. Kardashian was not happy.
4. Suns vs. Rockets
13 November 2008: This one probably should be "Shaq vs. the Rockets". A scuffle breaks out between Rafer Alston and Matt Barnes (Once again), and then all of a sudden Steve Nash and Tracy McGrady get into it.
Things go crazy when Shaq bulldozes his way in and starts shoving, and people start flying, including big peacemaker Yao Ming, who takes a slow tumble to the ground in super slow motion.
3. Trevor Ariza vs. The Portland Trailblazers
9 March 2009: No one likes to see a player get seriously hurt, but that was exactly what happened when Trevor Ariza took out Rudy Fernandez last season on a fast break layup.
Poor Rudy had to be carried out on a stretcher, and the rest of his Trailblazer teammates were not happy. Brandon Roy, in particular, wanted a piece of Ariza, who seemed to be quite willing despite having almost taken someone's head off.
That incident may have been accidental, but this next one (below), clearly isn't.
2. Zach Randolph vs. Louis Amundson
17 February 2009: This one makes it this high because it is the only fight on the list that actually involved a real punch.
First Randolph throws Amundson to the ground while battling for rebounding position, then he stands over him. And when Amundson finally gets to his feet, Randolph decks him. Something we almost never see in the NBA any more.
1. Rafer Alston vs. Eddie House
6 May 2009: A man with Rafer Alston's talent only comes along once every so often, and with Skip to My Lou banned indefinitely from Miami, we may never see his legendary exploits ever again.
Thankfully, when he was still with the Magic last season, Alston left us with the craziest "fight" from the last couple of years in the NBA, with this perfect head slap on Eddie House that had everyone, including House, wondering what the heck had just happened.
That's what you get for hitting a jump shot in his face!
Here it is again, in slow motion.