Thursday , Nov , 20 , 2008 Oly Sandor

The NBA’s dirtiest player: Raja Bell, Matt Barnes, Robert Horry, James Posey, or Bruce Bowen?

They are love-hate players. The home crowd show love, appreciating their extra effort, determination, and win-at-all costs approach. The league’s 29 other cities show hate, interpreting that same extra effort, determination, and win at all costs approach as dirty play. Of course, the power of the Internet has added an extra dimension to the love-hate crew. Opposing fans watch their highlight reel, drop more F-bombs than a rapper after losing his bling, and scheme on revenge …


The NBA's dirtiest player: Raja Bell, Matt Barnes, Robert Horry, James Posey, or Bruce Bowen?Every week, HoopsVibe The Blog drops a basketball related list for fans to weigh-in on. We call it ‘Listed’ …

They are love-hate players. The home crowd show love, appreciating their extra effort, determination, and win-at-all costs approach. The league’s 29 other cities show hate, interpreting that same extra effort, determination, and win at all costs approach as dirty play.

Of course, the power of the Internet has added an extra dimension to the love-hate crew. Opposing fans watch their highlight reel, drop more F-bombs than a rapper after losing his bling, and scheme on revenge.

In this edition of ‘Listed’, HoopsVibe is counting off the NBA’s five dirtiest players, complete with necessary highlights for your dissection. As always, read the post, form an opinion, and get at us in the comment box below.

#5) Raja Bell 

Why: On the whole, I like the veteran two-guard. Bell, a nice guy off the court, occasionally loses his cool in a big way. Like …


#4) Matt Barnes 

Why: The onetime Mohawk spent years securing his place in the NBA. Now he is known for, well, antics.


#3) Robert Horry 

Why: ‘Big Shot Bob’ is out of the league, but perhaps he should be known as ‘Big Body Check Bob’.

 

#2) James Posey 

Why: This lockdown defender finishes every play. ‘Pose’ has made a career of provoking opponents and throwing vicious elbows.

 

#1) Bruce Bowen

Why: The O-G of chippie play, Bowen has alienated more stars than the paparazzi and TMZ combined. Still, San Antonio doesn’t have their three recent NBA Titles without him.
 

 


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