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The Brandon Jacobs of the NBA: 10 NBA Players Most Prone to Violent Outbursts

Ryan VirginCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

The Brandon Jacobs of the NBA: 10 NBA Players Most Prone to Violent Outbursts

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    There are players that are a little ornery and then there are players that take it to the next level.

    And that next level can end with punches being thrown and multiple ejections resulting from just about anything.

    Yeah, in the real world it's called a fight.

    And most of the time, they are the result of a minor "disagreement".

    If you've watched an NBA game in your life, I'm guessing you've seen one of these.

    But the fights are not what were looking for. We are looking for those that could start one at any moment, those that are on the edge of a violent outburst at just about any time.

    So, with that, I present to you the 10 NBA players who are most prone to violent outbursts.

    Thank you for reading.

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Ron Artest

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    Ron Artest.

    The biggest headcase in the NBA or just a little off? I tend to lean towards the first answer and I wouldn't be surprised to hear you say the same.

    Ron Artests involvement in the 2004 Pacers-Pistons brawl most definitely gave him a bad rap, but it wasn't just that alone that puts him on this list.

    He has also had multiple seperate, minor scuffles post-2004, but I wouldn't rule out another happening sometime in the rest of Artest's career.

    I mean, would you?

    This is a guy who admittedly drank Hennessy at halftime and was once arrested for domestic abuse.

    I'll admit that both of those incidents are completely separate, but in reality are entirely intertwined.

    Ron Artest is mentally unstable, thus making him a walking time bomb.

    It could be that Artest goes the rest of his career without another fight, but I wouldn't put my money on that.

    Ron Artest is a headcase with a history of violence on and off the floor, thus making him prone to violent outbursts on the floor.

    Disagree?

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Raja Bell

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    Raja Bell plays with that fire and that drive that every great player has, but he has a tendency to take it way too far.

    On many occasions I have witnessed Raja let his emotions get the best of him, ultimately leading to him getting thrown out of the game or at least a flagrant one.

    It has gotten pretty bad at times.

    Just to name a few: His clothesline on Kobe Bryant, his hard fould on Manu Ginobli (that may or may not have been a flop), his numerous elbows at opposing players faces, or the nightly trash talking routine.

    I would consider Raja Bell a dirty player because he lets his emotions allow him to go after a player in a venerable situation.

    He doesn't just foul someone, he throws them to the ground.

    He doesn't just trash talk, he throws an arm out while you are driving to the basket.

    It's plays like those that landed him on this list.

    But can you blame me?

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Kevin Garnett/ Paul Pierce

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    Kevin Garnett is probably the craziest (yet normal) player I have ever seem play.

    Paul Pierce has a big mouth and players get under his skin fairly easily.

    Combine the two and you have a duo that will go toe to toe with any player on any occasion. I mean, when you are amped up on as much adrenaline as Kevin Garnett is every single night, I find it hard to believe that you have any control over yourself.

    I've been in situations where adrenaline runs high, but not anything near the levels that Garnett is at every single night.

    So when you throw in Paul Pierces willingness to talk trash and Kevin Garnett's willingness to find a fight, any fight.

    You find yourself walking a treacherous tightrope.

    So when you are talking about players with a short fuse on the court, I think you must include this duo of Celtics.

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Matt Barnes

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    I wouldn't be surprised if Matt Barnes has been involved in 20 fights throughout his career, maybe the majority of those fights would be petty or insignificant, but still they would count as a scuffle.

    The reality is that Matt Barnes is a very awnry person. It seems as if he likes to get into a tussle and he likes to drive himself to the brink every single game.

    He gets into the head of his opponent and that can turn ugly when both players have a rather short fuse.

    So what did Matt Barnes do? He joined his arch enemy in Kobe Bryant.

    Talk about doing everything in the name of success.

    But where ever Matt Barnes may play, his location doesn't negate the fact that he is prone to violent outbursts.

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Kenyon Martin/ JR Smith/ Birdman

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    Actually, I'm surprised that this trio doesn't get into more fights than they already do.

    Just look at em'. I don't mean to judge a book by it's cover, but when you are coated in tattoo's, had multiple run in's with law enforcement, and you act like a teenager on the floor, I find it hard to believe you are actually there to play basketball.

    But I give them credit, they have shown restraint in the past, but they aren't perfect.

    The video I show you is just one of many that were available. I wish I were able to present multiple videos, but that just isn't the case.

    So I guess you're going to have to take my word for it.

    The trio of Kenyon Martin, JR Smith, and the Birdman have a short fuse.

    and I wouldn't be surprised to see that displayed on a court near you.

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Nenad Krstic

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    Ok, ok, so Nenad really doesn't have a history of violence during games.

    and he doesn't know his local police officers by name, but when he go after a player on the other team with a chair, then you warrant the type of negative attention you will end up getting.

    I mean, that could have gone really, really bad.

    Sure, it's a competition and you want to win.

    Tempers tend to flare in those situations, but whatever you do, you cannot use a weapon (chair) at any point.

    Krstic was arrested for the incident at the FIBA World Championships and that is why he was included on this list.

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Lamar Odom

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    How many fights has Lamar Odom been in? I really don't know.

    I probably couldn't count them on my two hands.

    From all the players that I can think of off the top of my head, incidents involving Lamar Odom come to mind more often than any other player in the league.

    Whether it's the incident where he tackles Ray Allen after getting his shot blocked (straight up speared him), his numerous run in's with the Portland Trail Blazers, or going to toe with Jermaine O'Neal.

    Lamar seems to have a nose for trouble and a very short fuse.

    Is Khloe Kardashian going to change that? There's no way in hell.

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Delonte West

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    Delonte West is a headcase.

    and for all I know, he has always been that way and probably won't ever change.

    This is not to say that Delonte West is a violent person; seeing that I have never seen a real fight in which Delonte was involved (fill me in if he has).

    But where there is a headcase, there is a way.

    It only takes on incident, one moment for an emotionally unstable person to snap. Maybe it's a game that hasn't gone to Delonte's preference and he just goes off.

    It can happen to any NBA player, but when you add in a past history of being fairly unstable, I am sure you run a higher risk of becoming a threat and you are most definitely more prone to violent outbursts than others.

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Zach Randolph

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    Zach Randolph has been on my shit-list ever since he played for the Portland 'Jail' Blazers in the early 2000's.

    Add in his recent run in with the law in which he has been accused of Trafficking drugs in his home state of Indiana and I think it's fair to say that Zach Randolph is a trouble maker.

    But is he a fighter? Yes, without a doubt.

    Zach has always been willing to go toe to toe with anyone on the hardcourt, but when he met eye to eye with Louis Amundson in 2009, Zach clocked him right in the jaw.

    Maybe Zach has settled down, but if his past is any indication of what he could do in the future, I wouldn't bet against him getting in another scuffle over something so small.

    Prone to Violent outbursts? You betcha.

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Stephen Jackson

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    Stephen Jackson has been charged with Felony Criminal Recklessness, charged with Misdemeanors like assault, battery, and disorderly conduct.

    Coupled with his involvement in the 2004 Brawl in the Palace, it is fair to say that Jackson the reputation of a trouble maker.

    Other than the Pacers-Piston brawl, Jackson has also gotten into a few other smaller scuffles over the years with the Warriors and the Bobcats.

    Obviously, nothing that was at the 2004 Brawl's level, but still enough to warrant the trouble maker tag.

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