NBA Enemies: 10 Pairs of Players Who Don’t Like Each Other

NBA Enemies: 10 Pairs of Players Who Don't Like Each Other

Shaquille O’Neal (L) and Kobe Bryant look miserable on the Lakers bench. | James Nielsen/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hardly surprising when you learn about the fights and feuds that have taken place in the NBA. In a league where competition is king and the quest for a championship can be cutthroat, it makes sense that players might let their emotions get the best of them, resulting in a publicized beef.

As much as we hate to admit it, these minor squabbles are all just part of the game; things we’ve come to expect. That is until they escalate. For whatever reason, some conflicts get out of hand and cannot be controlled.

No longer is this about the harsh realities of competition, where NBA enemies like to jab at each other. No, it becomes much worse than that. This is about hate — and where there’s hate, there’s bound to be enemies. Throughout the history of the NBA, we’ve seen many examples of players becoming enemies. In our opinion, these 10 pairs are the most notable of them all.

1. Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins

With respect to the beef between Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins, there are so many instances of animosity to choose from. There’s the time when Z-Bo was fined $25,000 for confronting Perkins in the locker room area following a physical and chippy game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

There’s the time when Randolph called Perkins out for being “too slow.” There’s even the time when the Grizzlies power forward stated, “I’m a jackin’ dude,” when asked if he could take Perkins in a fight. We’d say that final point pretty much sums up the relationship.