I miss the old NBA days. Don’t you remember a time when the NBA was full of real men with physical toughness, guys who talked the talk and walked the walk. Stand up guys like Charles Oakley, Charles Barkley, Bill Laimbeer, Anthony Mason, and Dennis Rodman— players who were notoriously known for physical play, planting faces into the floor, and inciting team riots.
In the old school version of the NBA, there were no rules as to what you couldn’t say to gain a psychological advantage on the opposing player. What was spewed on the court stayed on the court, and that was the unwritten rule of the game. There were no Twitter rants as to what a player said to disrespect the opponent on the court, nor a tweet whining about lines being crossed–In the old days there were no lines to cross. Players from opposing teams basically hated each others guts, and they never stuck around to hang out after the game. If you didn’t hate or dislike the opposing player, most people thought you had a problem that needed to be corrected before stepping on the court.
There were no such things as flagrant 1, 2, and 3 type fouls. Back in the day it took a hell of a lot more for a ref to issue a technical foul to a player– just ask AC Green. Who lost four teeth during a game; fellow Lakers teammates had to help him skirmish the floor to pick up the pieces, and yet there was no foul called.
Do you think for a second Carmelo or Dwight Howard would stay in a game after losing four teeth? I highly doubt it. Most people would say the new breed of NBA players are a bunch of posers, mamas boys if you will. I’d like to refer to them as fake tough guys.
1. Carmelo Anthony:
An offensive scoring machine, however, his recent run-ins with Kevin Garnett exposed Melo’s soft spot for trash talk. Melo, known to play tough and talk trash of his own, especially when he’s got the hot hand, was ejected from a game against the Boston Celtics after receiving two technical fouls. Upon the conclusion of the ball game Melo lingered outside the Celtics team bus in an attempt to “discuss” the belligerent comment issued from KG during the game. A real tough guy would have “discussed” the situation on the court not after the game. Subsequently, Melo was suspended one game for what resembles more of a violation for stalking a player and yelling really really loud.
2. Joakim Noah:
Noah, known throughout the league for spewing offensive comments towards refs and shouting obscenities toward the opposing teams bench, issued a few not so tough comments a few years ago during an interview with ESPN Chicago radio reporters. Noah, accompanied with Derrick Rose at the time, stated “Kevin Garnett is a very mean guy, he will not get a Christmas gift from me.”Noah idolized Garnett as a kid, but got a rude awakening when he discovered Garnett has no interest in being his buddy.
3. Kevin Garnett:
Known mostly for his his lock-down defense and intense play, Garnett has the spirit and style of an old school NBA player, his attitude shows remnants of Dennis Rodman, however, I wouldn’t go much further than that. Garnett is notoriously known for throwing an extra elbow or shove to an opposing player while referees are looking the other way. He is best known for trash talk and using insults to compromise the psyche of some of the top players in the NBA, unfortunately, when its comes to engaging in hand-to-hand combat, Garnett is as soft as a box of marshmallows and always the guy walking away from the scuffle.
Don’t let his grizzly bear of a man fool you. Perkins style is all bark and no fight, and is as weak as a 10-day old beer sitting on the kitchen counter. He specializes mostly in barking obscenities and adding an extra shove after a play. Kendrick Perkins learned most of his antics from Kevin Garnett. At the end of the day, a technical foul is all Perkins is known for accomplishing, almost before he grabs a rebound.
5. Reggie Evans:
Evans was the heart of the Brooklyn Nets defense, he plays tough, annoys opponents, and he certainly looks the part of a tough guy, unfortunately, that’s about it. Evans’ reputation is forever tarnished due to his outlandish and overly exaggerated flopping. In 2012 Reggie Evans was the first player ever to be fined by the league for flopping. I bet he wish he could get a refund from the tuition he spent while attending the Vlade Divac School of Acting.
I think we need to get back to the old style of NBA when elbows and headbutts were legal. These guys are the epitome of a fake tough guy.
Vote for the top NBA Fake Tough Guy
- Kevin Garnett (24%, 24 Votes)
- Carmelo Anthony (22%, 22 Votes)
- Joakim Noah (21%, 21 Votes)
- Kendrick Perkins (16%, 16 Votes)
- Reggie Evans (11%, 11 Votes)
- Other - post a Player in the comments below (4%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 98