Feuds are nothing new in the NBA, but do you remember all these feuds/fights between (former) teammates, analysts and fathers in the year 2017? We have put together a list with some of the most striking feuds in the NBA.
Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis
These two teammates had a big fight at the beginning of the season. During that fight, Mirotic broke several bones in his face, with lead him to miss the first two months of the season. Portis, who was the instigator of the fight received a suspension of eight games. It was expected that one of them would be traded or released, but so far none of these things have happened. The return of Mirotic on December 8th did spark a new beginning for the Bulls, as they went on a winning streak from the 8th that lasted until the 29th of December. Though everything seems fine on the court between Mirotic and Portis, Mirotic has admitted that they do not talk at all when they are off the court. So far, it doesn’t look like one of the players will go to another club soon, though reportedly there is some interest from the Knicks to acquire Mirotic.
LaVar has probably been one of the most discussed persons in the entire NBA, and he isn’t even a player in the league! Lonzo’s father has had several feuds throughout the year, among others with Joel Embiid and Donald Trump. Embiid, who calls himself the ‘Social Media King’ has made several jabs towards LaVar and Lonzo this season, and he has even gotten a fine for cussing at LaVar Ball via Instagram.
Furthermore, Trump and LaVar had a small ‘feud’ after Trump wanted to get credit for getting LiAngelo Ball and his teammates back to the United States after the Bruins students got caught shoplifting. LaVar questioned Trump’s role, which caused Trump to lash out and call LaVar an “ungrateful fool’.
Charles Barkley and Lebron James
Charles Barkley can be very critical as one of the analysts on “Inside the NBA’, but sometimes he can cross a line. In the beginning of the 2017, Lebron demanded rosters improvements to be able to be a contender for the championship. Barkley commented that “The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. … They brought in Kyle Korver. He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don’t want to compete? He is an amazing player. They’re the defending champs.”. After these comments, Lebron had enough and called Barkley a “hater”.
Lebron continued to call out Barkley on his past actions, “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”
This has definitely not been the first time Barkley made comments about Lebron, and it will probably not the last one either.
Javale McGee and Shaquille O’Neal
These days, Shaquille O’Neal is one of the analysts on ‘Inside the NBA’, and he has a special segment called ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’. There, he makes fun of players’ lowlights in the NBA. But, there was one playing that had a recurring role: Javale McGee. At one point, McGee was a weekly feature in the segment. At the highest/lowest point in the feud (whichever side you choose), Inside the NBA aired a Doctor Strange segmented with Javale McGee in the lead.
Steve Kerr, the Warriors head coach, has even admitted that he thought Javale McGee wouldn’t be that good of a player when he was acquired by the Warriors as Kerr had seen him on Shaqtin’ so many times. Therefore, the feud with Shaq definitely could have impacted his career.
After Shaq got a call from his mother, he decided to end the feud, and to never feature McGee in the segment again.