NBA's Toughest Players or not........

NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Doc Brown on Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:37 pm

The NBA's toughest guys
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There’s a gang of bona fide tough guys playing in the NBA, and they come in various sizes and with various characteristics.

On both ends of the court, the big men willingly use their elbows, hips, shoulders, forearms, and/or hands to gain positional advantage. They are always fearless, often belligerent, and forever challenging their opponents’ will to win.

The smalls are likewise loathe to avoid physical contact. They’re not afraid to set picks on bigs, to find a body to smack into when they drive to the hoop, or to retaliate when unnecessarily banged by anybody.

While some tough guys are liable to descend into outright dirty play (with Dave Cowens being cited by his peers as being the most egregious example), most adhere to accepted protocol. Deliberate contact with knees, faces, and necks are verboten; as is taking out a player’s legs when he is airborne.

Here, then, in alphabetical order are some of the league’s tougher-than-dirt players:

Omer Asik compensates for his (relative) lack of athleticism by making the most of his mass and strength.

Shane Battier can match speed and quickness with small forwards and play chest-to-chest against bigger, more powerful opponents.

Reggie Evans measures only 6-foot8 and 245 pounds, yet his non-stop aggressiveness makes him an outstanding defensive center, rebounder, and pick-setter.

Derek Fisher augments his savvy and his clutch shooting with a forceful physical presence.

Manu Ginobili is not afraid to risk bodily harm when his all-out drives slam him into opponents’ monstrous rim-protectors.

Chuck Hayes is a 6-foot-6 center whose forte is unyielding rough-and-tough defense.

Jarrett Jack plays point guard with a ferocious intensity that dares bigger players to try to Bogart him.

Josh McRoberts has minimum skills and maximum physicality.

Kendrick Perkins loves to alligator-wrestle in the low post.

Kurt Thomas’ habitual bone-on-bone defense is still useful, albeit in short stretches, at age 40.

Metta World Peace has lost a few steps, but his hand-speed and his ornery tough-as-nails defense are still intact.

From Wally Osterkorn to Zelmo Beatty, from Vern Mikklesen to Eduardo Najera, the NBA has always featured bully-boy players, but I was fortunate to witness an unusual example of pure, unadulterated, and joyfully consensual on-court brutality. This took place several years ago during a pre-season practice of the Washington Bullets. Known together as the Bruise Brothers, Jeff Ruland (6-foot-10, 275) and Rick Mahorn (6-foot-10, 260) were on opposing teams during an intrasquad scrimmage.

With no referees on hand and no protocol to follow, the two behemoths were free to beat on each other. Their routine collisions shook the rafters and compelled their teammates to run wide circles around the pair. After one Brother landed a solid elbow on the other’s sternum, shouldered him to the floor, or committed some other act of mayhem, the victim of the moment would smile and say, “That was a good shot, man!”

This exhibition was either a perfectly balanced combination of masochism and sadism – or else a demonstration of two guys who were tougher than tough.

NBA action is for men only.


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Battier.........Flopper

Ginobili.......Flopper

Perkins......Fake tough guy

Evans.......Fake tough guy

McFly........lolwut?

Whoever put this list together must not have thought it was going to get published.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Juronimo on Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:55 pm

Reggie Evans? :man10:
Reggie Evans? :man10: :man10:

This makes someone tough?

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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:59 pm

Well we have two of them. Kobe and Metta. :jam2:
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby revgen on Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:00 pm

My List:

Metta World Peace
Thabo Sefalosha
Nikola Pekovic
Chuck Hayes
Udonis Haslem
Aaron Afflalo
Jason Kidd
Nick Collison
Andre Iguadola
Kobe Bryant
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby ThizGuy83 on Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:30 pm

reggie " air knock me down" evans....
shane "i flop every play for a charge" battier
Dwight "tweedle Dee tweedle dum" Howard
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby 432J on Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:45 pm

hayes and thomas are the only ones i can agree with

other than ron of course
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Frank Dux on Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:59 pm

Metta, Kobe, and Howard are definitely among the toughest players in the league.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Punk-101 on Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:35 pm

isn't Tyler Hansbrough pretty nuts-tough?
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Finwë on Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:50 pm

LOL @ that list. Just wrong in so many levels.

I'd say we have 2 of the toughest players in the L in Kobe & MWP. Revgen's list was pretty good, and I wouldn't mess with Psycho-T, Punk.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby therealdeal on Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:40 am

Since when is he called Psycho-T? I don't remember this happening...
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Doc Brown on Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:08 am

therealdeal wrote:Since when is he called Psycho-T? I don't remember this happening...


He's been called that since college IIRC.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby therealdeal on Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:23 pm

Seriously? What rock have I been under? :man10:

Hm... I don't know. I feel like he's got some tough skin but I'm wouldn't be afraid of him necessarily.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Frank Dux on Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:12 pm

Psycho T is like Lennie from Of Mice And Men, he's got that retard strength. He's just out of control out there.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Finwë on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:16 pm

therealdeal wrote:Seriously? What rock have I been under? :man10:

Hm... I don't know. I feel like he's got some tough skin but I'm wouldn't be afraid of him necessarily.

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Dude looks NUTS :man10:
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Doc Brown on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:27 pm

That was when Gerald Henderson gave him a cheap shot straight to his face.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby 432J on Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:31 pm

that first picture looks like he's in some sort of halloween costume
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Frank Dux on Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:44 pm

:man10:
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby therealdeal on Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:43 pm

Alright after that first picture I'm afraid of him. I also think he might have connections to Charles Manson.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Lakerjones on Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:06 pm

Finwë wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Seriously? What rock have I been under? :man10:

Hm... I don't know. I feel like he's got some tough skin but I'm wouldn't be afraid of him necessarily.

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Dude looks NUTS :man10:


:man10: :man10: :man10:

On a serious note, Kobe should definitely be on that list with Metta. That's one tough guy.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby gcclaker on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:15 am

Jason Kidd
Kobe Bryant
Gerald Wallace
Udonis Haslem
Nikola Pekovic
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Magic Skywalker on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:16 am

I always felt Nikola Pekovic is kinda like Luca Brasi.
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Re: NBA's Toughest Players or not........

Postby Congo Cash on Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:09 am

Where is Matt Barnes and Captain Jack? :disagree:
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