Let me first say that I am not in favor of basketball fights. Fighting in general is bad but sometimes in sports players tempers flare and then a fight ensues.
Here below we have some basketball fighting video just to show you what they look like and provide you with some entertainment.
While basketball is not known for its fighting like, say hockey, history has witnessed some entertaining, comical and even vicious fights.
How does it happen?
Like any heated battle, competitors are prone to lose all sanity and resort to basic instincts of lashing out on someone they feel have "done them wrong". As history has proved, fights are not restricted to a certain type of player, team, league or even gender. Fights can occur at any moment and when they do...it certainly is a shocker that will analyze, scrutinized and possibly punished for years.
Which brings us to the Mecca of basketball fights - November 19, 2004, colloquially known as "The Malice at the Palace", Ron Artest charges the audience and attacks a couple of fans after he's doused with a beer. A riot-like situation ensues and the result is nine players suspended for a collective total of 146 games.
What surprised (and scared) the general basketball public about "The Malice at the Palace" was not that it was the first major NBA basketball fight but that it involved fans fighting players and vice versa.
In 2006, a hard foul by New York Knick Mardy Collins led to a brawl with the Nuggets in what was the second most penalized NBA brawl (in terms of games). Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony alone missed 15 games.
Need a laugh? Jeff Van Gundy certainly represents the PUNCH in the line. The notorious NBA coach turned commentator was only trying to detour Marcus Camby from a bad situation when the center swung for Danny Ferry and clocked Van Gundy instead. No word if Camby had to run an extra few laps in the practice the next day.
As history will prove, when two national teams meet there may be religious, political or cultural animosity that stretches way beyond the court. Case in point: an infamous brawl between the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait national teams. Although in this particular instance, it was a ref, and not a player who was the primary victim.
Brittney Griner may be remembered as one of the greatest college basketball players of all-time; however her legacy is slightly tainted ever since a frustrated Griner clocked an opponent. The situation proved two things - it's usually the person who reacts (and not the instigator) that gets caught and girl's can fight too.
While some of the fights listed above were rather harmless shoving matches, missed punches or in Van Gundy's case slightly comical, a game out in Uruguay reminds us that fights are still no laughing matter. Frustrated with what Elvis Bolling perceived as a bad call, the player unloaded on an official with one punch that left the ref unconscious in a coma for hours and eventually led to losing one eye. While Bolling certainly never intended to injure the ref to that degree was banned from basketball for life.
Although this is only a short recap of some of the most infamous basketball fights, classic brawls involving Larry Bird, the Miami Heat/New York Knicks rivalry, Kobe vs. Reggie Miller and many others remind us that fighting, yes even in basketball does happen.