The NBA has long been referred to as a non-contact sport, but true NBA fans know that this is so far from the truth. It is actually the hyped-up adrenaline and competitiveness of some of the most physically-gifted specimens on this earth that have fueled some of the best brawls in NBA history.
Some of these same players have been known to be great friends away from the court, but when they lace up their sneakers to play basketball, they usually engage in arguably the most competitive individual contest of wills in all of sports.
Fact is, no other sport brings out the one-on-one and winner-take-all individual match-up night-in and night-out that NBA basketball does. Teams ultimately win championships based on winning individual matchups over their opponents.
This will be a compilation of some of the best brawls in NBA history and for the sake of public relations, we'll call it The Mike Aikins NBA Brawl of Fame.
Now, let's lay down the rules of getting inducted into The Mike Aikins NBA Brawl of Fame.
In order for a player or brawl to make this list, the brawl had to be broken up by the referees or someone else, the brawlers had to be fined, suspended or reprimanded by NBA League Officials, and to make it even more interesting, a little bloodshed adding color to the fisticuffs is ultimately the proverbial icing-on-the-cake.
Sucker punching, trash talking that didn't lead to an actual fight, and finger pointing, does not make this list (see Tyson Chandler and Kevin Garnett). In order to make this list, there had to have been some actual fisticuffs of mega proportion and plenty of hits on YouTube.
The World Wide Web and streaming video, courtesy of our good friends at YouTube, sort of christens each moment in time when there seemed to be no other alternative than to just duke it out.
So with that being said, let's take a look at some of the most memorable brawls in NBA history.