The Top 5 Fights in NBA History

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2013

The Top 5 Fights in NBA History

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    Last night during the Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors game, we were reminded that sometimes NBA players get into altercations.

    While it may seem childish and immature to some fans, let's face it; most of us love a good fight.

    From NBA legends exchanging haymakers to all-out team brawls, the NBA has provided their fans with some serious action over the years.

    Start the slideshow below and check out the five most memorable brawls, along with two that barely missed the cutoff.

Honorable Mention: Marcus Camby vs Danny Ferry (The Jeff Van Gundy Punch)

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    Marcus Camby is one bad dude.

    At the time, the New York Knicks' center got into a heated exchange with San Antonio Spurs' forward Danny Ferry.

    Instead of letting cooler heads prevail, Camby ran full court towards the Spurs' bench and unleashed a monster haymaker in the direction of Ferry.

    The result? Camby missed Ferry and poor Jeff Van Gundy, who was trying to break the fight up, got his clock cleaned.

    It's rare to find high-quality footage of the incident but, if you want a terrible quality, brief look at what went down click here, via MySpace.

Honorable Mention: Alonzo Mourning vs Larry Johnson

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    There's nothing like two former teammates going toe to toe in Madison Square Garden.

    Although flurries of punches were thrown, the majority of them didn't land. With two monsters like Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson throwing them, though, much more damage could have been done.

    The moment that stands out most in this altercation is former New York Knicks' head coach Jeff Van Gundy flying in off the bench and wrapping up a Miami Heat player by his legs.

    Classic Van Gundy.

Shaquille O'Neal vs Charles Barkley

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    Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley may work together now on TNT but, back in the day, you wouldn't exactly call these two guys "friends."

    Rocking the classic Houston Rockets late 90's jersey, Sir Charles got into a heated exchange with a prime time Los Angeles Lakers' Shaq.

    While Barkley may consider himself a tough guy when it comes to brawls, getting into an altercation with Shaq just doesn't seem like the best idea.

    Luckily for Barkley, the two men got tangled up and fell to the floor before The Diesel could inflict any real damage on the Rockets' forward.

Chris Childs vs Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe Bryant may be one of the greatest players to ever grace the hardwood, but sometimes even the great ones get a harsh reality check.

    Knicks' guard Chris Childs isn't nearly as good of a player as Kobe Bryant is, but man can he throw one a heck of a punch.

    Watch above as Childs unloads a Roy Jones Jr.-like one, two combo right into the chin of the Black Mamba.

    Sure Kobe may have all the awards and rings, but Chris Childs will always be able tell his grand kids that he delivered a little chin music to the Laker legend.

Julius Erving vs Larry Bird

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    Who doesn't enjoy two NBA legends duking it out? Anyone? Anyone?

    Legends going at it is exactly what went down when Larry Bird and Julius Erving got together in the Boston Garden.

    During a heated battle, Bird and Erving get tangled up in a mess down court leaving Larry pretty upset about what just happened. After Bird rises from the ground and flips out, a brawl breaks out in Boston.

    The result? Dr. J delivering a steady dose of straight punches to the kisser of Bird with the help of his teammate.

    A true WWE moment in NBA history.

Denver Nuggets vs New York Knicks

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    Before Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith became New York Knicks, they took place in one of the craziest NBA brawls in league history.

    With about a minute and fifteen seconds left in the game, Knicks' guard Mardy Collins delivered a hard foul to Smith on a fast break.

    What ensued after was an all-out brawl that spilled into the stands. NBA fans witnessed one of the league's young stars throw a crisp punch to the jaw of Collins before running away from the scuffle.

    The Garden was rocking because, even in a loss, they knew an Isiah Thomas coached Knicks team would do something entertaining before the night was over.

Detroit Pistons vs Indiana Pacers

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    When you think about fighting and basketball, the first altercation that comes to mind should be the "Malice in the Palace."

    Two franchises loaded with NBA "bad boys" got into a crazy exchange on an otherwise unspectacular November night game in 2004.

    Forgetting the fact that they were professional basketball players for a moment, the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers provided sports fans with some of the most shocking footage in league history.

    From Ron Artest getting soaked with beer to Stephen Jackson delivering a thunderous haymaker on a Pistons' fan, the "Malice in the Palace" will go down as the craziest brawl we've ever seen in pro hoops.