There are several NBA players that many people dislike, then there are the ones that people really just hate. We will start with LeBron James.
- LeBron James
He is the perfect example of a player who is hated for his success. A few other reasons could be that he flops a lot, calls himself the king, he is the greatest and makes sure that you know he is the greatest, complains excessively, he got his coach fired, and he left Cleveland for Miami to win championships and then later left Miami to go back to Cleveland when they signed better players.
- Larry Bird
The main reason he was hated was because of his trash talk and his inability to back it up.
- Christian Laettner
Since he played at Duke, many people disliked him. People called him the villain and he embraced being called that. He also had many dirty tactics while playing games like excessive trash talk to other players and whining to referees. And since he was selected over Shaquille O’Neal to play on the dream team, many felt he did not deserve it.
- Bruce Bowen
He was hated for his smothering defense and he took advantage of the rule book and how to play defense. He also was able to get into another players head and throw them off of their game.
- Rasheed Wallace
He was most disliked for aggressive “thug like” behavior on the court and his confrontational demeanor playing the game. The statistics of his technical fouls and ejections speak for themselves.
- Allen Iverson
He was a selfish player that looked for his shot before helping one of his teammates get a shot.
- Kevin Garnett
He was disliked for his trash talk on the court, and he also was able to get inside another players head to mess them up. His intensity caused opposing crowds to despise him.
- Isiah Thomas
He was hated for being considered the leader of “THE BAD BOYS” in the late 80’s.
- Dwight Howard
He is disliked for his lack of effort and his lack of seriousness towards the game itself. He didn’t feel as if he needed to ever improve his own basketball skills.
- Charles Barkley
He was hated because the way that he spoke his mind. At the time he played it was very uncommon to hear some of the things he said. Also his continual off court issues.
- Kobe Bryant
He had an alleged rape case, was arrogant and he was blamed for Shaquille O’Neal leaving the Lakers. He also would taunt players and referees.
- Reggie Miller
He flopped, poked, provoked, gestured, teased, elbowed, smack talked and opposing teams and fans hated his deadly 3-point accuracy.
- Bill Laimbeer
He is considered probably the dirtiest player of all time. He would pull players shorts, hit them in the crotch, stomp other players feet and foul with the intent to injure a player.
- Ron Artest/Metta World Peace
He is hated more for what he did in his past. He had multiple fights on court. He also was involved in the “Malice at the Palace.”