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5 of the Craziest Players in NBA History

Updated on August 19, 2018
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Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace was not exactly kind to the referees during his NBA career.
Rasheed Wallace was not exactly kind to the referees during his NBA career.

There is no question that Rasheed Wallace has talent.He and Scottie Pippen were able to lead the Portland Trailblazers to the Western Conference Finals and were in the cusp of landing a Finals spot.

Rasheed was one of the most talented and versatile forwards during his heyday. He had athleticism, a variety of post moves, a nice fadeaway jumper, a three-point shooting stroke and above average defensive abilities.

Despite Rasheed being talented, he was more well know for being a hot head. He had an astounding 41 technical fouls in 2001. That equates to nearly 2 technicals per game.

Rasheed had a fiery temper like no other.

Rasheed was also the poster boy for the Portland Jailblazers. This was not a good time for the team as members of the team were involved in incidents on and off the court. Bonzi Wells, a team captain, made an obscene gesture at fans. Zach Randolph was caught smoking a joint in his Cadillac. Damon Stoudemire was caught trying to smuggle weed in the Tucson airport.Rasheed Wallace even threatened disgraded referee Tim Donaghy at one point.

The thing is that this was not a gangster movie. This was real life.

Nobody was safe from Rasheed's wrath whether friend or foe. Arvydas Sabonis found this first hand. Arvydas accidentally hit Rasheed when he was trying to draw a foul on Shaquille O' Neil. Rasheed got pissed and threw a towel in Arvydas' face. Rasheed also took it to other premier power forwards on a nightly basis. Whether it is Kevin Garnett or Karl Malone, nobody was safe from Sheed.

Ron Artest is best known for being one of the instigators of the Malice at the Palace incident.
Ron Artest is best known for being one of the instigators of the Malice at the Palace incident.

Ron was a premier defensive player during his heyday.He was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and has been nominated to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2004 and 2006 and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2003 and 2009.

He was an integral part of Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston rockets and Los Angeles Lakers teams. He was a catalyst in propelling the Los Angeles past the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. His game 7 heroics put the Lakers over the top.

There was never a question about Ron's talent. The Knicks have long been criticized for not picking up the New York native and opting for Frederick Weis, a Frenchman who never even step foot in the NBA. This was to see Ron fall to long time rival Chicago Bulls the very next pick.

Despite Ron's defensive prowess, he will forever be remember for being a catalyst in the Malice in the Palace incident. This was a bench clearing brawl between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons in the Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19, 2004. This ruined Reggie Miller's chances of getting a ring before he retired.

Ron changed his name to Metta World Peace to signify his transformation into a nicer and calmer person. You however cannot change a leopard's stripes.

Demarcus Cousins

Demarcus Cousins had a fiery temper like no other.
Demarcus Cousins had a fiery temper like no other.

Boogie cousins is perhaps the best center in the game today. He could do anything from posting up, hitting the midrange jumper, doing the pick and roll and hitting a three point bomb.

He spent more than six seasons with the Sacramento Kings and he improved each season. He never reached the playoffs though as the Sacramento Kings' management failed to surround Boogie with ample talent to compete in the Western Conference.

Boogie came close to playing in the playoffs with the New Orleans Pelicans but got injured before the playoffs started.

Aside from being one of the best players in the league never to play in the postseason, Boogie was known throughout the league for his fiery temper. Whether you are Marcus Smart, Kevin Durant, Zach Randolph or Nik Stauskas, you are not safe from Boogie's wrath.

Boogie is easily triggered and would unleash his wrath upon anyone and everyone.

Boogie signed with the Golden State Warriors for a year to prove himself to the league, end his playoff drought and bring home a championship.

Draymond Green

Draymond Green has developed an intense rivalry with superstar LeBron James.
Draymond Green has developed an intense rivalry with superstar LeBron James.

Draymond is the glue guy that holds the Warriors together. Though he is not in any way an elite scorer like Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Draymond does the little things that count.

He guards the opposing team's best player night after night. He competes against the best big men in the league every single game. He also fills up the stat sheet with points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He is the Warrior's Swiss Army knife.

Draymond's fiery temper is a result of his passion for the game. Tom Izzo knew this and tried his best to reign in Draymond during his time at Michigan State.

Now it is Steve Kerr's job to reign in the tough Michigan native.

While it is said that Draymond is the heart of the Warriors, Draymond's passion can sometimes be the Warriors' downfall.

Take for instance the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors were up 3-1 and were poised to repeat. Draymond gets into an altercation with Le Bron James and gets suspended. The Cavs win game 5 and seize momentum of the series. The Cavaliers would eventually make history and be the first team to come back from a 1-3 deficit to win the NBA Finals.

Draymond is also know for kicking players such as Kevin Durant, Steven Adams, Kyrie Irving and Danny Green.

This leads to a lot of technical fouls for Green and the danger of him being suspended during the Warriors' annual playoff runs.

Stephen Jackson

Stephen Jackson was one of the main figures in the infamous Malice in the Palace brawl.
Stephen Jackson was one of the main figures in the infamous Malice in the Palace brawl.

Greg Popovich was a discplinarian coming from a military background with the United States Air Force. While this may be good for players like David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, this did not sit well with the temperamental Jackson.

Jackson had to pay his dues to even be in the league. Originally drafted 42nd overall in 1997 by the Phoenix Suns, Jackson had to play overseas in in the CBA before he even got to experience NBA action.

New Jersey gave him his first break by signing him and letting him spend his first season with them. He showed some promise with 8.2 PPG and 1.1 SPG.

He was then signed by the San Antonio Spurs the very next season.. The headstrong Jackson would often clash with coach Greg Popovich. Despite their differences, the Spurs still tendered an offer to Jackson but he rebuffed the offer and ended up with the Atlanta Hawks.

After a breakout season with the Hawks where averaged 18.1 PPG, 1.8 SPG and 3.1 APG, Jackson's stock was up and the Hawks were able to parlay him into Al Harrington.

Jackson further bolstered an already deep Pacers roster.The Pacers were primed to finally give Reggie Miller his first championship ring. This was not to be. The Malice in the Palace derailed their plans.

Jackson would end with the Golden State Warriors when he was able to lead their underdog team to an upset over the 60 win Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs. The "We Believe" Warriors were able to do something that only seemed to be possible in sports movies.

Jackson would spend the rest of his career with the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers before calling it quits.


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    • Jan Michael Ong profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Michael Ong 

      11 months ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      Yes Dennis would definitely make my top ten.

    • Ty Tayzlor profile image

      TT 

      11 months ago from Anywhere

      There have been a lot of crazy personalities that have come through the NBA. After he left Detroit, Dennis Rodman made a complete 180 change in his personality

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