“Business Decision”: After Kevin Durant and Rudy Gobert Scuffels, NBA Legend Denies Chances of Fights Breaking Out

Published 12/14/2021, 3:30 PM EST


The 2021-22 season is not short of controversies. Top players like LeBron James and Nikola Jokic have had major fights on the courts of NBA which have led to suspensions.

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NBA legend Gilbert Arenas gives us an idea why the scuffles don’t end up becoming major fights.

Gilbert Arenas talks about fights in the NBA:

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3 time NBA All-star Gilbert Arenas recently gave an interview explaining fights in the NBA. He mentions, “It actually is a business decision. Back in the day you gotta remember fines were only $5,000. You have two things that’s going on with situations that happen in the game. You have being fined which is a max of I think about $50,000 and being suspended. That’s a game check right so depending on how much you make per game determines if you are actually going to fight.”

Arenas explained the reason why top players refrain from picking major fights. The reason being the players face a hefty loss in terms of salary. Although fights among top players are rare, that does not mean they do not lose their cool. LeBron James and Nikola Jokic are the best examples to show how professionals can also lose control sometimes.

Top fights in the NBA:

NBA fights have been fan favorites since the inception of the league. Nothing is more entertaining than seeing your favorite athlete throw a punch here and there.

On April 2, 2000, Kobe Bryant got into a fight with Chris Childs of the New York Knicks. It looked as if Kobe was talking trash to Chris Childs and even threw a half-hearted elbow. Childs took the fight right to Kobe and landed at least one solid punch.

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Reggie Miller has been in fights with both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. No star was big enough for him as he picked up fights with all of them. The fight against Jordan did not end up well as MJ went on to get 40 points that night.

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The biggest one yet and the most controversial fight came up in a match between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. The skirmish, known as the “Malice at the Palace” was a brawl like no other. The fight seemed heated up when a Pistons fan John Green threw a beer at Artest, who was lying on the scorer’s table. Artest charged the crowd, causing an all-out brawl. Pacers players Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O’Neal rushed to help Artest but ended up fighting other fans.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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