If you have ever played basketball you know that it can be an emotional game. The trash talk gets flowing along with the adrenaline and the testosterone and you have the ingredients of a powder keg ready to go off. As tensions build between players who are bumping into and saying things to each other that should not be heard on TV, and with no protective helmets or gear between them, an exchange of blows can occur.
In recent years, following blow ups like the Knicks-Nuggets debacle, and of course the time Indiana paid a visit to the Palace Of Auburn Hills, the NBA has made a concerted effort to clean up its image implementing a zero tolerance policy for on court altercations, which has led to fewer dust ups in recent years.
We look at 8 of the craziest and most entertaining fights and brawls in the NBA through the years.