There are disrespectful moments in sports, especially basketball. Whether it be dunking it on somebody or making someone fall with an excellent crossover move, almost every person who has played the game of basketball has either been disrespected on the court or have disrespected another while playing the game. This doesn't change when players enter the NBA by any means. You would think that professional athletes playing for money would be better when it comes to being disrespectful, however the NBA's history is full of moments that makes fans say "oh don't do him like that!" That's what makes the game of basketball so fun, as a player really can be embarrassed if they slip up for just a second.
In this article, we will be looking at the top 15 most disrespectful moments in the NBA's great history. From powerful poster dunks with taunts added on to embarrassing ankle breakers, this article is for anyone looking to see how dangerous the NBA is when it comes to being disrespected on the court.
As always, feel free to leave any other disrespectful NBA moments in the comment section, for we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
Here are the top 15 times an NBA player embarrassed a fellow player.
15 LeBron James DESTROYS Jason Terry
14 Scottie Pippen vs. Patrick Ewing And Spike Lee
13 Shawn Kemp Embarrasses Alton Lister
12 Joe Johnson Drops Paul Pierce
11 Kobe Bryant Shuts Down Brooklyn
Kobe Bryant is easily one of the greatest NBA players of all time, as his highlight reel could go on for hours. His later years in the league led to less and less highlights, however Kobe did turn back the clock a few years ago as he put down one of the meanest dunks in NBA history. Kobe got the ball at the three-point line and blew by defender Gerald Wallace. Wallace stayed on his trail for the chase down block, however Kobe didn't just dunk on Wallace, he also crammed on Kris Humphries as well and all three players seemed to converge on each other.
10 Javale McGee Denies Wesley Matthews
It's sad to say, but Javale McGee has become more of a joke around the NBA than being a respected player. All of his Shaqtin' a Fool moments has turned his career into more of a comedy show than a real legacy, however McGee really is one of the most athletic big men to play the game. One of his career highlights could easily go down as one of the best blocks in NBA history, which you have to respect. Both on different teams respectively, Matthews of the Trail Blazers and McGee of the Wizards met at the top during one of their games years ago, McGee getting the better of the two.
9 Shaq Shows Chris Dudley Who's Boss
8 Dwyane Wade Steps Over Anderson Varejao
7 Kobe Bryant Dunks On Dwight Howard
When Kobe wore the number eight, every opponent of his on the court had the chance of getting dunked on. Period. He was a high flyer, and he could easily soar through the air and put down wicked dunks during his younger days in the league. One of his most epic slams came against his soon-to-be teammate Dwight Howard. Howard was a beast on the Magic, which makes it even more embarrassing Kobe posterized him during his prime. This play got even better as the two became teammates and eventually had a falling out as they couldn't play together. If they ever got into a confrontation, all Kobe would have to do is show him a picture of him dunking all over Dwight, and the conversation would stop right there.
6 Blake Griffin Posterizes Pau Gasol Twice In One Game
5 Shannon Brown Flies High For "The Stuff"
The reason I put quote marks on "the stuff" in the title of this entry is because a foul was called on the play, however there really was no foul seen. To be honest any player who got blocked like this wouldn't have felt better by having a foul called. During the play Mario West got a steal on the other end and brought it down the court with Brown on his tail. Little did West know that his dunk attempt would be absolutely swallowed whole by Brown, as it really is one of the most eye-opening plays in NBA history.
4 Vince Carter Dunks It On Duncan
3 LeBron Talks To Curry After Block
2 Jordan Finger Wags Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo is one of the greatest defensive big men in all of the NBA's long history. Sending back shots all throughout his career, Mutombo's patented finger wag was always something fans looked forward to seeing when watching him play. The wag, which usually followed blocks, always riled up everyone in the arena after it happened. Dikembe probably never thought he would be on the other end of a finger wag, however, Michael Jordan is one of the few players to be able to pull it off.
1 Allen Iverson Steps Over Tyronn Lue
Did you expect anything other than this to be the number one on this list? This iconic play is what made me want to write this article, as almost every fan of sports has seen Iverson step over Tyronn Lue. The moment happened during game one of the 2001 NBA Finals, as a hot Iverson scored 48 points en route to a Sixers victory against the extremely dominant Lakers team. While the 48 point performance was memorable, his play against Tyronn Lue will go down in the history books. His step back shot led to Lue reaching out and falling on the ground, however once Iverson hit the shot, he stepped over Lue in the play that defines Iverson's Hall of Fame career. Oh yeah, I bet Lue felt a little disrespected after that play as well.
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