23 most hated NBA players of all time: Laimbeer, LeBron and no love lost (2024)

The great mass of NBA players are perfectly respectable citizens. They want to come in, do their jobs, improve their performance level, help their teams win and entertain the millions who watch their games.

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But alas, that’s not the case with all of them. Some can’t get along with teammates or coaches. Some enter games with designs on irritating opponents to distraction. Some antagonize opposing crowds. Some get into fights. Some get arrested. Some demand more money, some demand trades. Some kick cameramen, some fight fans, some spit on youngsters, some choke coaches. And in the process, they develop reputations that make those around them—fans, fellow players, coaches—simply hate the guy in question.

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There have been plenty such players in NBA history. But after poring through the league annals, we at Sporting News came up with a group of 23 players who, sometimes for very different reasons and sometimes unfairly, have engendered the most hatred over the years. Slide through this list for our choices.

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Bob Brannum, 1949-55

Brannum (No. 18)only played five professional seasons, going back to 1949, but he’s on this list representing the genus of players he spawned in the 1960s, 70s and 80s: The basketball enforcer. Brannum was eventually replaced by the better-known Jim Loscutoff in Boston, but coach Red Auerbach pioneered the role of hoops hatchet man for the Celtics with Brannum.

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“Red never said ‘Go get that guy,’” Brannum told Sports Illustrated in 1977. “He’d say, ‘Look, don't be intimidated out there.’ So if I saw a guy pushing (Bob) Cousy around I’d say, ‘Hey, Cooz, bring him down here,’ and I’d give him some of the same thing.” The enforcer’s role has all but disappeared today, but Brannum was a fearsome forerunner.

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Charles Barkley, 1984-2000

Among the few the low points of the 1992 Dream Team was Barkley’s elbow to the chest of 174 pound Angola player Herlander Coimbra, who later said he was shocked that Barkley would, “make violence with me,” and left Barkley as the only member of that team to be booed. Such was Barkley’s lot. He’d been reviled while playing for the Sixers in 1991 for an incident in which he attempted to spit on a heckling fan, but instead hit a young girl seated nearby. (Barkley subsequently apologized and befriended the girl.)

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After eight years of tense relations with fans, media, coaches and the treadmills, he forced his way out of Philadelphia in 1992. Barkley drew national scorn in 1993, when he did a commercial for Nike in which he looked into the camera and declared, “I am not a role model.” That spawned hand-wringing from critics ranging from Dan Quayle to Karl Malone. Barkley has become a loveably outrageous TNT quipster in his post-playing days, but the loveability wasn’t always there.

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Reggie Miller, 1987-2005

Miller might not have been hated around the entire league, but he relished the role of black-hatted villain and picked the toughest crowd in the league — Knicks fans — to antagonize, especially during the heated mid-1990s playoff series the Pacers and Knicks played.

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Miller famously capped a 14-point Pacers comeback, fueled by 25 fourth-quarter points by Miller, in the Eastern Conference finals by giving a choke sign to director and heralded Knicks fan Spike Lee, igniting years of rivalry. “Why me?” Lee told The New York Times. “After he scored a basket he wasn't thinking about getting back on 'D' or looking for his man, he was staring at me.” But it was obvious why Miller picked Lee to antagonize: He wanted to pick a fight with all of New York basketball-dom, and he chose Lee as its representative.

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Kevin McHale, 1980-93

McHale takes his place among the mid-80s most-hated crew thanks in large part to his clotheslining of Lakers forward Kurt Rambis in the 1984 NBA Finals. When Rambis caught a pass on the wing on a fast break, McHale reached out and clobbered Rambis with a forearm to the head, a play that Lakers coach Pat Riley called, “the most insidious, vicious and malicious play I’ve ever seen in basketball.”

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But McHale had plenty of dust-ups, primarily with the Lakers (ask Bob McAdoo) and with the Pistons (ask Rick Mahorn and friends), and he earned an extra level of hate for having a tongue as sharp as his elbows. During the 1985 Finals, McHale said of the Lakers, “I could have played a hell of a lot better. I could have taken a sledgehammer out there, knocked all 12 Lakers on the head and we would have won by default.”

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Dwight Howard, 2004-present

Everything was going so well for Howard in his first seven NBA seasons. He was popular, a well-liked endorser and dunk contest champion. He was the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time rebounding champion and the runner-up for 2010-11 MVP. In the wake of the NBA’s lockout, the first rumors popped up about Howard possibly seeking a trade to Brooklyn, and everything fell apart from there. The ensuing season became known as the “Dwightmare,” and Howard’s time in Orlando was forever tarnished.

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When Howard finally was traded, he was sent to Los Angeles, where he was not completely healthy and never could mesh with star Kobe Bryant or coach Mike D’Antoni. Howard finally left the Lakers in free agency, and by 2013, Howard’s Q Score (a measure of cultural popularity) plummeted, with only 12 percent of sports fans holding a positive view of him. Three mediocre seasons in Houston have done nothing to resuscitate his standing.

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Vernon Maxwell, 1988-2001

Maxwell’s career spanned 13 yearsand reached its pinnacle in 1994, when he logged 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to help Houston beat the Knicks in Game 7 of the Finals. But he was a whirlwind of controversies and skirmishes, starting at Florida, where his collegiate career ended in ignominy when allegations arose that Maxwell had used cocaine before games. In 1995, he was dubbed, “Mad Max,” for going into the stands in Portland to chase a hackling fan, which drew a 10-game suspension, his ninth suspension from the league.


He left the Rockets after the first game of the 1995 playoffs, so upset over losing playing time to Clyde Drexler that he and the team agreed on a mutual break-up. His career was marred by fights with teammates as well as battles with coaches and referees, but the tail end of Maxwell’s career was overshadowed by his declaration of bankruptcy and run-ins with the law over his failure to pay child support.

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John Brisker, 1969-75

Brisker was a fascinating guy who may have died in Uganda in 1978—no one is quite sure, but he was supposedly invited to the country by dictator Idi Amin as a mercenary.Before that, Brisker earned a reputation as the meanest fellow in basketball, splitting his career between the ABA and NBA. While playing for Pittsburgh, his reputation was so widely known that Salt Lake City hosted a “John Brisker Intimidation Night,” lining the court with five professional boxers, in case, as that night’s program stated,“the husky, sometimes ill-tempered, Pittsburgh Condor forward gets out of line.”

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Charlie Williams, a teammate of Brisker’s, told"Loose Balls"author Terry Pluto, “Say something wrong to the guy—or at least that he thought was wrong—and you had this feeling that John would reach into his bag, take out a gun and shoot you. … The guys on other teams were just scared of him, and the guys on John’s team were leery of him.”

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Isiah Thomas, 1981-94

Thomas did not have as much of a negative reputation among fans as the rest of his Detroit teammates, but his exclusion from the 1992 USA Olympic team remains a monument to his unpopularity among his peers. Michael Jordan refuted the notion that he kept Thomas off the team — but acknowledged he would not have played if Thomas had been chosen. In the “Dream Team” documentary on NBATV, Scottie Pippen said, “Isiah was the general (of the Pistons). He was the guy who would yap at his teammates and say 'Kick them on their ass. Do whatever you have to do.' No, I didn't want him on the Dream Team.”

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What was remarkable was that Thomas did not get strong backing from more members of the selection committee, including Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey. But while Thomas was not so much the recipient of fan scorn, the Dream Team exclusion shows how other star players—particularly the Bulls—reviled him. Then he went and burned down his reputation among fans in his messy post-playing career.

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Wilt Chamberlain, 1959-73

Not only did Chamberlain have his famed 100-point game, but he also had a season in which he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds. Still, he was underappreciated in his time, for a few reasons. His size was one. “They cast me as the villain everywhere I went,” Chamberlain told interviewer Ann Ligouri in 1992. “Villains are kind of hard to know on a personal level. You see them as mean, insensitive-type people. Also when you have this great size, sensitivity once again is not given to you.”

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Chamberlain also was an outspoken supporter of Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, and Muhammad Ali labeled him, “the world’s largest Uncle Tom.” Another knock was that Chamberlain struggled to win the Big One before he joined the Lakers near the end of his career — and even that run started with a game in which he feuded with his coach on court during the 1969 NBA Finals.

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Elvin Hayes, 1968-84

Hayes entered the NBA with a wonderful turnaround jumper — he led the league with a 28.4-point scoring average for the expansion San Diego Rockets as a rookie — and a stubborn resistance to passing the ball that drew the ire of fans. He struggled to get along with teammates, and got his first coach, Jack McMahon, fired. Hayes did eventually repair his image over time, but it was rough going for much of his career.

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“Elvin was very tough to read and very sensitive,” said Bernie Bickerstaff, then an assistant with the Bullets, in 1984. “He was eight different people, and you never knew what to expect. He was so talented he found it difficult to understand why others failed to perform up to his standards.”Hayes himself, just ahead of his retirement, acknowledged, “I have been a child all of my life and not in control of myself.”

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Isaiah Rider, 1993-2001

It’s too long a litany to detail here, but Rider’s career accomplishments are sunk under the weight of his transgressions—which is too bad, because those who know Rider speak highly of his off-court personality. Rider was a day-to-day nightmare, so habitually tardy that former Timberwolves coach Bill Blair once said, “Even in Minnesota, your pipes can only freeze and burst so many times. He had about nine broken pipes and about 42 flat tires.”

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When Minnesota tired of his act, he was sent to Portland, a vanguard member of Portland’s Jail Blazers.There, Rider was repeatedly suspended for lateness, absence and run-ins with the law. He once missed a team flight and demanded to be put on another charter, reportedly spitting on an airport employee, shouting obscenities and smashing his cell phone. Rider still was a productive scorer until 2000, when he wound up with the Lakers, where he punctuated his career by disappointing in what was essentially his final chance.

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Rick Barry, 1965-80

It might seem a bit premature to have an autobiography published in the midst of one’s seventh season in the league, while 27 years old, a tome in which his own mother called him greedy. But Rick Barry was a bit unconventional, and not just in his use of the famed underhanded free throw.

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His jump from the NBA to the ABA after his rookie year drew scorn from media and fans, and when his ABA team moved Virginia, he publicly bad-mouthed the South — things he later said he did not mean — in order force a trade to New York.Barry was short-tempered and outspoken, with a knack for ticking off fans, coaches and teammates. In a 1983 Sports Illustrated feature, Barry acknowledged, “I acted like a jerk. Did a lot of stupid things. Opened my big mouth and said a lot of things that upset and hurt people. I was an easy person to hate.”

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Kevin Garnett, 1995-present

He supposedly called Charlie Villanueva, who has dealt with alopecia—a disease that leaves its victims hairless—a, “cancer patient.” He’s allegedly said some very off-color things about the wife of Carmelo Anthony. He has gotten so deeply under the skin of mild-mannered Spurs star Tim Duncan that Duncan is said to “hate” Garnett.

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He has committed every kind of infraction, from the puzzling to the downright dirty, including blowing into David West’s ear to draw a technical foul, head-butting Dwight Howard and knocking Channing Frye in the nether region on a jump shot. Probably the worst, though, was Joakim Noah’s treatment at the hands of Garnett, who had been Garnett’s hero growing up. “I don’t like him,” Noah told ESPN in2010. “He’s a very mean guy.”

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1969-1989

You have to go back to the 1960s to understand why Abdul-Jabbar never became the affable big guy so many wanted him to be. He was still known as Lew Alcindor when he came out of New York’s Power Memorial, and was the focus of intense media scrutiny for much of his prep career — in 1965, for example, the Christian Science Monitor wrongly published a story claiming he would jump to professional basketball at age 17, forgoing college. At UCLA, he rankled the (largely white) sports establishment when he said on a television show, “Yeah, I live here, but it’s not really my country.”

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Over time, Abdul-Jabbar, a deep thinker, walled out fans, the media and even teammates, so that James Worthy would later describe him as, “a different piece of toast.” Abdul-Jabbar’s greatness and longevity tempered the perception of him, but he was a controversial player from the outset.

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Metta World Peace, 1999-present

Ron Artest does have a loveable side to him, such as when he changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011 and told reporters, “I changed my name because I got tired of, ‘Ron Artest, he’s a [expletive]. And when fans get mad at me, they can’t say, ‘I hate World Peace.’ ” Interesting theory, but it failedbecause Artest remained hated — for a wide variety of reasons.

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He made his biggest splash in 2004 when he was suspended for 77 games in the wake of the Pistons-Pacers brawl that became known as the "Malice at the Palace." Artest went into the crowd to find a fan who had thrown a cup of ice on him, and in the melee that ensued, more than 140 games worth of suspensions were doled out to nine players, including 86 games for Artest. He has had 14 suspensions on his career, and drew fan anger in Chicago when he declared that he’d need a second job to augment his NBA salary, and that he used to drink Hennessy in the locker room at halftime of games.

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Danny Ainge, 1981-95

Before an Eastern Conference finals game in Detroit in 1987, Ainge saw a group of fans wearing T-shirts that read, “I Hate Danny Ainge.” He approached, asked the fans for a shirt of his own, then wore it during warmups. Ainge had a modest career as a shooting guard—he averaged 11.5 points and 4.0 assists—but he played for 14 seasons because he was a smart player and a first-rate irritant.

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His bench-clearing fights with Sedale Threatt and Tree Rollins are among his most memorable Boston skirmishes, but hauling the ball at the face of Mario Elie in the waning moments of the 1994 West semifinals (Ainge had been a pro baseball player) while he was with Phoenix was probably his most hate-worthy work. And he still has that touch. In 2013, when Ainge questioned LeBron James’ complaints about refereeing, Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement, “Danny Ainge needs to shut the f--- up and manage his own team.”

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Rick Mahorn, 1980-99

It was Celtics radio man Johnny Most who dubbed Mahorn “McNasty” and it was a fitting sobriquet. While it is Mahorn’s play against the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls that stands out most vividly — he had no problem going right at those teams’ biggest stars — those in Cleveland hold Mahorn in special disregard.

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The Cavaliers would have been the favorites to win the Eastern Conference in 1989 until Mahorn unloaded an elbow that laid out Cavs point guard Mark Price with a concussion, sending Cleveland into a spiral that cost them a five-game lead in the standings and led them to lose homecourt advantage in the playoffs. With typical empathy, Mahorn told Sports Illustrated that spring, “I don't see how he could have had a concussion. I barely brushed him. In the hole that would be considered a love tap.”

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Allen Iverson, 1996-2010

Iverson was a dynamic scorer. That’s about where agreement on his career stops. Iverson was, for a few years at least, the biggest star in the NBA, and that put the league into a difficult position. The league office put him on the cover of its monthly in-house magazine—but with his tattoos airbrushed out. And it seemed the league would approach Iverson that way at every turn, accepting his stardom only if his image could be artificially scrubbed.

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Iverson was summoned to speak with commissioner David Stern about the lyrics of his rap album, and the league instituted a dress code essentially in response to the way Iverson presented himself. That was not entirely fair to Iverson. But he bears some responsibility for battering his own image, with multiple run-ins with the law. Of course, he will be forever remembered for his rant against Larry Brown’s practices, but his showdowns with Brown ran deeper — the two required repeated full interventions from owner Pat Croce just to coexist.

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Latrell Sprewell, 1992-2005

Two moments sum up the outlook folks have on Sprewell. The first came in 1997, when Sprewell was the leading scorer for the Warriors and P.J. Carlesimo was his coach. Sprewell already had a history of battling with coaches Don Nelson and Bob Lanierand had once wielded a two-by-four in a fight with teammate Jerome Kersey. But he snapped during a practice when he threatened to kill Carlesimo, grabbing him by the throat and choking him. Sprewell left the practice, then returned to confront Carlesimo again. Sprewell was suspended a year for that, and had his contract with the Warriors was voided.

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He rehabilitated his career in New York and Minnesota, but when the Timberwolves offered him a three-year, $21 million contract extension in 2004, he scoffed and turned it down, adding, “I have my family to feed.” Instead, he found that no NBA team would sign him, he never played in the league again, and the feed-my-family sentiment was his parting impression.

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Bill Laimbeer, 1980-93

Alas, the world little remembers that Laimbeer was a talented player, a four-time All-Star who averaged double-doubles for seven straight seasons. Instead, the prevailing images of Laimbeer involve him taking the head off Karl Malone or Sidney Moncrief, taking a series of blows from Robert Parish or getting into scraps with Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Alonzo Mourning.

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All the while, Laimbeer would protest demonstrably from the very moment a whistle was blown against him. Of all the bad-boy Pistons, it was Laimbeer who was the least-liked.“I have to assume his mom and dad like Bill,” Kurt Rambis once said of Laimbeer, “but you would have to verify it.”

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Kobe Bryant, 1996-present

Bryant was set up for disdain from the beginning, entering the league under the microscope of the Lakers, carrying himself like Michael Jordan 2.0 and teamed with the league’s early 2000s alpha-dog, Shaquille O’Neal. He was aloof around teammates, perhaps a product of his upbringing in Italy. But certainly, he brought on his own controversies. He was unable to come to a working détente with O’Neal, which broke up a championship pairing too early, and the Shaq vs. Kobe drama caused a rift in his own fan base.

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He was never charged in the 2003 sexual assault allegation lodged against him in Colorado, but did settle a civil case and publicly apologized. In 2007, having gotten rid of O’Neal and coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers were a mess and Bryant—the primary reason those two were gone—demanded a trade. The Lakers, wisely, kept him. Bryant’s final season has been a lovefest, but he’s known his share of public hatred.

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Dennis Rodman, 1986-2000

Rodman was hated long before his odd friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and it didn’t take dating Madonna and marrying Carmen Electra to creep out observers aplenty. He was part of the Bad Boys Pistons, but it wasn’t until he went to San Antonio that he really raised eyebrows, accumulating piercings and hair dye almost as quickly as suspensions, and donning a wedding dress in order to marry himself while promoting his book in 1996. He had little respect for coach Bob Hill (he called him, ‘Boner’) or the rules of then-general manager Gregg Popovich, and the Spurs dumped him after two seasons.

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His behavior did not necessarily improve when he joined the Bulls — he was suspended 11 games and fined $1 million for kicking a cameraman during a game — but he helped Chicago win three titles, so his infractions were more readily overlooked for that time.

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LeBron James, 2003-present

We’ve seen what James has done to rebuild his image after the travesty that was The Decision, the hour-long ESPN special in 2010 during which James announced that he was leaving his hometown team, the Cavaliers, for the Heat. It was a public-relations disaster from concept to execution, and from that point, James secured his place as the most-scrutinized athlete in the NBA, if not in all of American sports.

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In 2011,he told ESPN, “Going through my first seven years in the NBA I was always the ‘liked one’ and to be on the other side —they call it the dark side or the villain or whatever they call it — it was definitely challenging for myself.”Even now, James finds that every comment, action and tweet he issues is parsed and analyzed — especially when he maybegets his coach fired —and he still has a legion of detractors always eager to knock him down a peg.

James isn't No. 1 on this list because he's detestable. He's No. 1 because he inspires more angst than anyone in the history of the game. He turned himself into a villain with a single act. Would winning a title in Cleveland repair that image?

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