Dwyane Wade Vs. Kevin Garnett And 10 NBA Fights We'd Pay To See
Following the skirmish between Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett Sunday in the Celtics' 85-82 win, we at Bleacher Report decided to give you the 10 NBA fights we'd love to see come to fruition.
Garnett, who continues to be one of the league's most hated players, made this list twice.
So did two of the craziest players in the league (you can probably guess one of them).
Got a lot of big men on this list, but also added some guards for your enjoyment, plus a bonus slide featuring two well-known coaches.
The Skirmish Between D Wade and KG
Of course, first we have to show you the skirmish between Dwyane Wade and Kevin Garnett to get this slideshow started.
On Sunday, Garnett set a hard screen on Wade's teammate Mike Miller, which Wade responded to by giving Garnett a nudge/boxing him out (depends on which way you look at it).
For the sake of this article, we'll say Wade had hate in his veins and went after Garnett, which I actually would believe.
Wade drew a flagrant foul for his actions.
Here's the video.
Honorable Mention: Mark Cuban Vs. Dan Gilbert
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is well known around the league for looking like he's had too much coffee and constantly getting into it with players and officials alike.
Off the top of my head, I remember when Cuban got into it with Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith.
Dan Gilbert, of course, is the Cleveland Cavaliers owner who sent out a hate-filled letter directed toward LeBron James when he left town for South Beach.
Both Cuban and Gilbert have a lot of pep, and a fight between these two would be golden.
10. Carmelo Anthony Vs. Nate Robinson
After Carmelo Anthony punched the Knicks' Mardy Collins in the infamous Knicks-Nuggets brawl on Dec. 16, 2006 (the most penalized game since the Pacers-Pistons brawl), both Jared Jeffries and Nate Robinson went after Anthony.
I for one would love to see Robinson got at it with Anthony.
He has hops, evidenced by him jumping over teammate Paul Pierce this year (and landing on his head), and it would be funny to see how he would fight Anthony.
Maybe he'd use former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy's strategy, holding onto Anthony's leg for dear life while gnawing on his leg.
Hey, it could happen.
9. Lamar Odom Vs. Birdman
In 2009, Chris "Birdman" Andersen of the Denver Nuggets got into a bit of a skirmish with Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom.
You could see it coming a mile away after the two faced-up while play was going on, then realized they were playing basketball.
Moments later, Odom went after Andersen, and Kenyon Martin had to get in the way.
Birdman's fighting ability would be interesting (long arms, looks crazy), and Odom has had history with Boston's Kevin Garnett as well.
I dearly hope it gets more physical next time around.
8. Paul Pierce Vs. Matt Barnes
Not only have these two known tough guys gotten into it before, Matt Barnes recently moved to L.A. to join the rival Lakers.
I'd love to see a Finals rematch, where Barnes and Pierce go at it.
Pretty much every player has tattoos in the NBA, but the ones with the most generally seem to be the most fight-prone.
7. Dirk Nowitzki Vs. Kenyon Martin
If you ever want evidence that it's possible to push a 7', 245-pound big man across the court, just watch this video.
K-Mart obviously had something against Dirk in 2009, unleashing on the big guy.
Nowitzki got up and jawed a bit, but I wanted more from this fight.
Just imagine Nowitzki's crazy hair flopping around and K-Mart, all riddled with tattoos, going all crazy.
Nowitzki could cap off a knockout with a kiss on K-Mart's lip tattoo, adding insult to injury.
6. Big Baby Vs. Craig Smith
Not only is Los Angeles Clippers forward Craig Smith ripped, measuring at 6-foot-7, 267 pounds, he's also from Inglewood.
For some reason pitting him against Boston's Glen "Big Baby" Davis amuses me.
5. Dwight Howard Vs. Pau Gasol
In this little skirmish between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic, Magic center Dwight Howard appeared to give Pau Gasol a little nudge with his elbow.
Just a little friendly nudge, that's all.
Gasol appeared extremely frustrated.
I don't think this fight would end well for Gasol, but he's a really goofy guy, and I would suspect he would fight goofy-style, as well, which would be fun to watch.
4. Kevin Garnett Vs. Charlie Villanueva
Detroit Pistons big man Charlie Villanueva took exception to Kevin Garnett in November 2010, saying KG called him a "cancer patient" during a game.
Villanueva went at KG via the wide world of Twitter.
Via AOL FanHouse:
"KG called me a cancer patient, I'm pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke," Villanueva wrote before adding, "I wouldn't even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place 4 those."
Villanueva went ever further, saying he'd "love to get in a ring with him. I will expose him."
Garnett said he meant Villanueva was cancerous to his team, but Villanueva sure didn't take it that way.
Sounds like a wonderful fight brimming with hate to me.
3. Kevin Garnett Vs. Dwyane Wade
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has gained a lot of respect throughout the years as a player, but he has certainly made a lot of enemies, too.
On Sunday, KG received a friendly shove from Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade after dominating Mike Miller with a hard screen.
There was a little jawing, but nothing special.
Wade and the Heat are trying to be the new Beast from the East and they'll have to get through the Celtics to claim that crown.
Sounds like another fight's a-brewin' if these stars align just right.
2. Ron Artest Vs. Stephen Jackson
Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson were Indiana Pacers teammates in 2004 when the infamous "Malice at the Palace" broke out in Detroit.
At one moment Artest is trying to connect with his inner sensei on the scorer's table, the next thing you know a cup lands on him and he erupts.
Jackson erupted along with him...at the fans.
I always wonder what would happen if the two went at it from different teams.
Artest and Jackson are probably the craziest players in the NBA, I can't imagine what a fight between them would consist of.
1. LeBron James Vs. Kobe Bryant
Arguably the two best players in the league, a battle between Miami's LeBron James and L.A.'s Kobe Bryant would be epic.
In the 2011 Finals would be better.
LeBron and the new kids in town battling the defending champion L.A. Lakers?
Sounds good to me.
Who would win the bout?
I'd personally take King James based on the fact that he's a linebacker on the basketball court, but I wouldn't count out Kobe, either.
A competitive person finds ways to win.