It’s all fun and games when things go your way in the NBA, and as in every sport, the Association is filled with camaraderie, friendship, innocent pranks and the like. Nevertheless, being forced to spend most of your time with some guys that may not be your kind of people, may actually end up creating mayhem.
Some of the guys that we’ll name here managed to get past their differences and have success alongside each other, while others never seemed to be able to put their egos aside and do what was best for the team.
So, let’s name 10 NBA Teammates that totally hated each other’s guts.
11. Michael Jordan and Kwame Brown
We all know of Jordan’s competitive nature and attitude, and pretty much everybody around him was a victim of his rash trash talk, even his teammates. After his altercation with Steve Kerr at the Bulls, Jordan was kind of a bully with Kwame Brown, a 19-year-old out of high school.
Kwame was never able to settle down and find consistency through his career.
10. LeBron James and Mario Chalmers
Despite his humble attitude most of the time, the King LeBron was also in the spotlight for his bad relationship with one of his former teammates, the starting point guard from that Miami Heat team that won a couple of rings, but he was constantly being pointed out as not good enough and even yelled at on and off the court.
On top of that, LeBron reportedly forced Pat Riley’s hand into drafting UConn’s star PG Shabazz Napier, who didn’t do much for Spoelstra’s side before being sent to Portland.
9. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters
Kyrie’s handles are way over the top and his scoring ability is just off the charts. Having said that, we can all agree that he’s far from being a “pure” pass-first point guard, he’s never been one and he’ll probably never will be. So, when the Cavs drafted Waiters to create a very threatening offensive duo in their backcourt, things got really messy.
Dion always thought of himself as the most talented guy on the team, so when they had to make a decision on which guy was more important for the future of the franchise, they obviously decided to let the problematic and ball-hogging shooting guard walk away to play alongside Russell Westbrook.
8. Kobe Bryant and Smush Parker
Kobe was always being compared with Jordan for his moves and his temper, but the Black Mamba sure took things to a whole different level when it came to picking on his teammates.
One of his biggest enemies while wearing purple and gold was Smush Parker, a guy that didn’t have much to offer and that was Kobe’s personal scapegoat until things got out of control.
Smush Parker will never forget one story from his Bryant experience, via Lakers Nation’s Ryan Ward:
He told me one day at practice — I tried to talk to him outside of basketball about football. And he looked at me in practice and was dead serious and said, ‘You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come talk to me.’
7. Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak
“The Big Ticket” was one of the last bad boys to play in the modern NBA, a harsh, hard-nosed trash talker that put his body on the line every time he had to step on the court. Nevertheless, Garnett seemed to have a bit of a history against white rivals and teammates, constantly bullying them and even getting physical at times. This was exactly what happened to Szczerbiak, who was constantly demanded to play better defense from “The Mask”.
Garnett eventually even wound up punching Wally in the face in the middle of a game, one of the most remembered fights of all times.
6. Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen
Rondo has always been known for his quick temper and his not-so-cool way of saying things to his coach, his general manager and even his teammates, and that kind of attitude never seemed to please Ray Allen, who wound up being the odd man out of that fierce big three of Pierce, Garnett and Rondo, eventually leaving to the Heat to play with LeBron James.
Ray Allen left the Celtics after five seasons to chase a ring with the Miami Heat, and the vets from that Boston squad haven’t forgiven him to this day. Rondo explained why Allen won’t be welcome at the team’s reunion in an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc Spears.
“It will be a long story about that, but it is what it is,” Rondo, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, told The Undefeated. “I don’t know a good analogy to put this in. It just wasn’t the greatest separation. It wasn’t the greatest thing that could’ve happened to us as a team, a bond. We were at war with those guys [Miami]. To go with the enemy, that’s unheard-of in sports. Well, it’s not so unheard of. It’s damn near common now.
“The mindset we had. The guys on our team. You wouldn’t do anything like that. It makes you question that series in the Finals … Who were you for? You didn’t bleed green. People think we had a messed-up relationship. It’s not the greatest. But it’s not just me. I called and reached out to a couple of other vets and asked them what they wanted to do with the situation. They told me to stick with what we got [without Allen].”
5. Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen
Chuck is known as one of the biggest trash talkers in NBA history, and he still has a lot of harsh things to say about pretty much everybody on TNT. So, after being rivals for a very long time and being used to guarding each other, when Pippen and Barkley had to play side by side on the Houston Rockets, they didn’t hesitate to let everybody know that they hated each other guts.
That experiment failed miserably, as anybody would expect.
4. Jimmy Jackson and Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd was one of the most talented passers that this game will ever see, with an outstanding court vision and a pass-first mentality. Nevertheless, he wasn’t that generous when it came to his love life, so he and his longtime teammate Jimmy Jackson actually had a big fight over the right to date the pop star Toni Braxton, with Jason even demanding the Mavs to trade Jackson. Women, right?
3. Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton
This one was definitely one of the most shocking and sad stories this sport has ever seen. Arenas was arguably the most talented player not named Michael Jordan to ever wear a Wizards uniform until John Wall came along, but his lack of discipline and love for guns ended his career before becoming a superstar.
He and Crittenton (now in jail after being charged with the murder of a 22-year-old woman), reportedly had beef after some gambling on the team plane, and they even threatened each other with guns, something that obviously caused both to be suspended and end their NBA Careers.
2. Tony Parker and Brent Barry
Considering how much of a model organization the Spurs are and how much of a gentleman Monsieur Tony Parker is, it’s quite odd to find him on this list. Nevertheless, the future hall of famer is no saint, as he cheated on his ex-wife Eva Longoria with his teammate’s woman, Erin Barry.
After perusing Tony Parker’s phone, Eva Longoria reportedly discovered hundreds of texts between the Spurs point guard and Erin Barry (the now ex-wife of former teammate Brent Barry). Whoopsies. During divorce proceedings, Longoria claimed that Parker’s infidelity extended far beyond getting it in with other player’s wives and had a tattoo of her wedding date removed from her wrist.
Obviously, the actress dumped Parker’s butt after the truth came out, and the relationship with Barry was far from great after that.
1. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille o’ Neal
“Friends come and go, but banners hang forever” Yes, Kobe makes our list twice, and nobody should be surprised about that. So, when the Black Mamba was joined by Shaq on the Lakers, it was just a matter of time before those two strong characters and complete opposite personalities crashed.
Those Lakers were the most dominant team of their era, but even that couldn’t prevent Shaq from eventually leaving the Staples Center to succeed without having to deal with “Vino”.