Teamwork in sports is so important to a team’s success. The best team’s in any sport who work together are the ones that win championships. A lot of the time in any sport, personalities take a while to adjust to one another. In the NBA we’ve seen the best teams who pass the ball, make shots, and have good chemistry are the ones that win. Some teams have that one star player who helps the team, while others like for example the Golden Sate Warriors pretty much built a super team of players to help them win multiple championships. Same with Miami when they won their championships, Lebron went from Cleveland to Miami to win multiple championships.
Even winning championship teams have players on their team that have a problem with a certain player. This goes for all sports one player not getting the ball enough, playing time, or not getting along with the team and organization they play for. Some players have a problem with the media and not answering questions regarding something they said, did, or even tweeted. This can sometimes lead to a distraction for a team. Here in this article I take a look at the top 15 former NBA teammates who couldn’t stand each other.
15. DWIGHT HOWARD AND STEVE NASH
There’s no question the Los Angeles Lakers are the most dominant team in the NBA. The history of the Lakers goes back along time and they know how to win games, and championships. in 2013 Steve Nash a long time Phoenix Sun went to the Lakers along with Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant still on the team tried to form a super team of their own, but turns out didn’t work out at all. they’re was a personality clash between Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
Steve Nash said at the time “Untimely, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didn’t want and didn’t want to be here and I think if he didn’t want to be here, there’s no point for anyone in him being here.” This is a perfect example of veteran guys Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash trying to bring a player to join the organization to help win a championship, but it obviously didn’t work out. Howard played in 76 games, and scored 17.1 points per game.
14. MICHAEL JORDAN AND KWAME BROWN
Michael Jordan was and still is the greatest basketball player of All time. In the 2001 NBA Draft Kwame Brown was selected number one overall by the Washington Wizards. Michael Jorda was President Of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards at the time. The 19-year-old Kwame Brown came straight out of high school to turn pro, so there was a lot at stake here being the number one selection. It was Michael Jordan’s biggest move as an executive drafting Brown right out of high school, because of the impact and the hype Brown brought.
Michael Jordan was known for pushing his players and teammates. He was very competitive, and wanted the best out of his players. It’s been reported that he was was extremely hard on Kwame, probably because they drafted him as the number 1 overall pick. Jordan wanted to succeed in the front office and prove that he was good at that position as well as a player. It’s because Jordan was so tough on Brown it’s believed that it hurt Brown’s confidence at being the best player he could be and it failed.
In an interview with hoopshype, Kwame Brown tried to downplay the feud, saying: “Everyone wanted to interview me and do a negative story, because that was the popular thing to do.” While Brown may have moved on, it’s certain MJ didn’t like him.
13. RAY ALLEN AND RAJON RONDO
The 2008 Boston Celtics championship team was a special team, mixed with great players and multiple personalities. For Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo though, there was some bad blood and still is today. The problems between the two players started in 2009, when Danny Anige, President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, proposed a trade that would’ve sent Rajon Rondo, and Ray Allen to the Phoenix Suns for Amar’e Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa, and the 14- overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Ray Allen informed Rajon Rondo of the trade and said “Hey they’re supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you Danny and Doc don’t get along.” For that, Rondo thought Allen had something against him and that’s how their feud started.
When Ray Allen announced his retirement in 2016 Rajon Rondo came out and said “I thought he’d been retired.” The Celtics had a reunion recently to celebrate the 2008 Celtics and they left out Ray Allen because of Allen’s and Rondo’s sour relationship when they were teammates. Ray Allen responded with a Facebook post that said “the power to push limits.” The picture showed Allen against Rondo when Allen was playing for the Miami Heat. So as you can see there’s still bad blood with Rondo, and seems like the entire Celtics team.
12. JASON KIDD AND JIMMY JACKSON
The year is 1996; the Dallas Mavericks are on the rise trying to be the NBA’s best team. This feud between these two players goes off the court, when singer Toni Braxton ended up going out with Jimmy Jackson when she and Jason Kidd already made plans; now that’s messed up. Now this before the internet really took off like it does today with rumors, and gossip. The two players denied the rumors were even true which I say yeah right.
That’s a pretty messed up to go out with someone then go with someone else after already making plans, but the Dallas Mavericks at the time were building their team. I don’t blame the Dallas Mavericks trading both players after that as it obviously caused a distraction on the court which isn’t right.
I’m sure Jason Kidd and Jimmy Jackson still hold that grudge today between one another. Jason Kidd played eight seasons with the Mavericks, while Jimmy Jackson played five seasons with the Mavericks. It’s a shame they let a woman hurt their chances of an NBA title in Dallas.
11. CHARLES BARKLEY AND SCOTTIE PIPPEN
The year is 1998, The Houston Rockets acquired six- time NBA champion Scottie Pippen from the Chicago Bulls to try and form a super team in Houston with Charles Barkley, and Hakeem Olajuwon. This season though will be an example when the super team didn’t work out. The Houston Rockets would finish the season short because of the strike and finished the 1999 season 31-19. The super team failed as they were beat in the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers.
There are many reasons why Pippen didn’t work out in Houston. First is they’re was a personality clash between Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley, which could be the reason they didn’t get far in the playoffs. At the time they were in their early 30s, and their NBA careers were coming to an end. When Scottie Pippen left the Houston Rockets he said he wanted to get away from Barkley’s selfish attitude and quoted in saying “sorry fat butt.” Pippen also said he should’ve listened to Michael Jordan who said Barkley will never win a championship because he doesn’t show any dedication. In an interview back in 2014 Barkley is quoted saying “There’s nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan.” If these two met on the court today I’m sure there would be trash talk and a tough game.
10. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL AND KOBE BRYANT
This entry is quite obvious; Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant are two of the best players in NBA history. They won three championships together and were great competitors. It’s because of their competitiveness that their personalities clashed probably on who got the ball more, and who was the better Laker. You could make the case that the Lakers was just too big for the both of them at the same time.
It’s pretty incredible the fights they used to get into they still won multiple championships. That goes to show you that they never spilled their arguments onto the court so it affected how the team performed. Shaq was traded to Miami but him and Kobe would still have their moments on the court during the game as competitors. Shaq and Kobe have since come out and declared respect for each other as players and regret letting their egos get in the way, but there’s still no love lost between them.
9. Carmelo Anthony & Tim Hardaway Jr.
This was yet another case of egos getting in the way of the team’s ultimate goal. There was tension between these two from the moment Tim Hardaway Jr. was drafted back in 2013. Carmelo Anthony was used to be the primal focus of his team and was not happy about all the attention Hardaway was getting before he had even proven himself at the NBA level. The hatred for each other grew as Phil Jackson’s old-school triangle offense created problems in their play. Hardaway felt that Melo was taking too many shots on his own and not feeding him the ball. Melo would then fire back saying Hardaway hadn’t earned his place and was in no place to criticize the star of the team.
The two nearly came to blows in practice. Hardaway would leave the team in 2015 via free agency. Ironically Hardaway Jr. signed with the Knicks again this summer. Did he sign only because he knows Melo is on his way out?
8. GILBERT ARENAS AND JAVARIS CRITTENTON
The year was 2009 in the Washington Wizards locker room, when teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton got into an argument. Now all players may have a disagreement once in awhile with another player in the locker room. But what Crittenton did was going way too far and pointing a loaded gun at Gilbert Arenas. I don’t care who you are, you don’t point a gun at someone.
Arenas brought four guns to the locker room after a fight over a stupid card game with Crittenton. Both Crittenton and Arenas got suspended for the 2009 season, both players pleaded guilty to gun chargers but avoided jail time. Arenas got 30 days in a halfway house while Crittenton accepted probation. Crittenton would later be sentenced to 23 years in prison for a 2011 manslaughter charge. If these two met on the street they’d probably both kill each other.
7. TONY PARKER AND BRENT BARRY
There’s no doubt the San Antonio Spurs are the most respected NBA franchise in the country. They are known for draft in good quality players and rarely create distractions. The Spurs were upset to learn that their teammate Tony Parker was sexting Brent Barry’s wife Erin, while he was still married to Eva Longoria. That was not what the Spurs needed in their locker room.
At the time the Spurs singed him to an extension for four years and $50 million dollars. Gregg Popovich would’ve traded Parker if he hadn’t just signed the deal. Not a good look whatsoever for the Spurs and I’m sure the Spurs regret giving him that contract. As for him and Brent Barry I’m sure there’s still bad blood between them.
6. KEVIN GARNETT AND WALLY Szczerbiak
There’s no doubt Kevin Garnett was one of the toughest players in the NBA. When Kevin Garnett played for the Minnesota Timberwolves there was a rivalry with a teammate named Wally Szczerbiak. In 2000 after practice Garnett and Szczerbiak had a scuffle about a play they ran. This an example of a personality clash between the two players and affected a little bit on the court.
They are still at each others throats, in 2012 WallySzczerbiak went on Twitter to Bash Kevin Garnett. He tweeted that “KG is another one who lacks the #clutchgene.”Szczerbiak later deleted the tweet, he then tweeted “KG never takes big shots for #Celtics now hes fourth in line behind Pierce, Allen, Rondo to take a clutch shot. Warrior all game though!! KG was a warrior all game but in OT he was horrible on both ends of the floor tonight!!” So there is still some bad blood between these two.
5. LEBRON JAMES AND MARIO CHALMERS
When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami and said he would win seven championships, the rest of the league rolled their eyes. Lebron is a great player but his attitude and thinking he runs the team he’s on is just not right. The Miami Heat had a good team then even without Lebron, Mario Chalmers though thought Lebron was too tough on him when Lebron is playing on the team too. I get helping your teammates out but there’s a right way and a wrong way.
When Lebron was on the Heat he owned that team and coached it. Mario Chalmers didn’t like it, Chalmers is quoted saying “Lebron is a dominant player so if he feels like something is not going his way, he’s going to say something about it.” Chalmers said that after Lebron left to go back to Cleveland. By Chalmers saying that Lebron is a baby and it’s Lebron’s way or the highway. When Lebron and Chalmers play against each other I’m sure Chalmers tries to show that he is a competitor and tries to beat him.
4. KOBE BRYANT AND SMUSH PARKER
Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest players in the NBA. There were teammates he got along with and ones that he didn’t. Smush Parker was one of those players Kobe Bryant didn’t get along with. Kobe didn’t like the young core and probably felt he was better than everyone else, well he was better than everyone else and he had the championships to prove it.
There is still bad blood with these two Smush Parker did an interview in 2014 and was quoted about his time playing with Kobe Bryant. “He told me one day at practice I tried to talk to him outside of basketball about football. And he looked at me at 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.” Which really meant ‘put the numbers I put up in games and win some championships then come talk to me.’
3. LARRY SANDERS AND GARY NEAL
For the Milwaukee Bucks these next two players are a prime example of ‘who’s better?’. The Bucks are rarely ever good but Sanders, and Neal had more fights about who should get the ball in a big spot and had some locker room fights as well. There was obviously a personality issue and clash these two had and unfortunately was a distraction of the performance on the court.
In a 2014 locker room argument with the media present, Neal yelled “I earn more money why don’t you try it?” Honestly it didn’t matter who earned more money the Bucks still sucked and had a season – high 26 turnovers. Not a good look and they obviously didn’t care if the media was in the locker room to have an argument about making more money. For that to go on in your locker room there has to be leadership issues, and instead of the Bucks spending their money on finding good talented players they wasted it on no good players. I’m sure if they met today they’d still argue on who was better.
2. KEVIN DURANT AND RUSSELL WESTBROOK
Let’s go back to the 2016 NBA off season when we had another decision involving an NBA player. Kevin Durant spoke to teams that would want to sign him, one of those teams was his former team the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant also met with the Spurs, Celtics, and Golden State. They’re was a frustration between Durant and Westbrook in Oklahoma City weather it was a personality issue between the players, or they were missing a piece to beat Golden State. Instead of Durant staying with the team he’s been with and adapted too he went to the Golden State Warriors who are already stacked and you know that left a sour taste in Westbrook’s mouth.
Russell Westbrook won’t talk to the media now about Kevin Durant at all. To him Durant totally took the easy road to win a championship and that’s just not the right way sometimes. Westbrook and Durant had something in Oklahoma City they were just missing a piece to get them over that hump of Golden State. So Durant took the easy road to win a championship with choosing to go to the Warriors. The matchup between Golden State and Oklahoma City just got even better.
1. KYRIE IRVING AND LEBRON JAMES
Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics and the Cavaliers got Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zicic, and an unconditional first round pick next year. All I can say is the rivalry between LeBron and Kyrie will be fun to watch this season.
Kyrie Irving was recently on ESPN First Take and didn’t inform LeBron when he had requested a trade, saying he didn’t feel he owed the king an explanation: “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life. … There is no time to figure out how to save somebody’s feelings when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do.”
It’s clear Kyrie was sick of being in LeBron’s shadow, and there has to be some animosity there, at least from Irving’s side.
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