The NBA is a league chock full of intense rivalries. Some we know about, like the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers' long-standing feud, or LeBron James(notes) and Paul Pierce's(notes) distaste for each other. Some are kept under wraps, such as Paul Pierce and Quentin Richardson's(notes) mysterious mutual animosity. And some are just hilarious, like DeShawn Stevenson(notes) against the entire Cleveland Cavaliers franchise and also non-tattooed skin.
Thankfully, we can add another to that last category, because apparently Goran Dragic(notes) and Sasha Vujacic(notes) hate each other. If you thought Slovenians stuck together, think again. From the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro:
"We have something between us going, rivalry or something," Dragic said. "Every game, he pressures me so hard and I try to penetrate. I would say it is personal. I don't know why but maybe because last year we were together on the national team and they didn't pick him to be on the 12-player (roster for European Championship). I don't care if it's personal. I just know I want to win the game against LA. If he's going to play like that, I just have to adjust."
As The Baseline's Eric Freeman says, this is instantly the NBA's most hilarious rivalry. It's hard to disagree, and I'm very thankful for it. Ever since the Wizards' demise and Stevenson's trade to the Mavericks, we've needed someone to step in and fill the void for one-sided catfights. So we should all thank Vujacic, because you know he's the one that started this.
Catching wind of this feud means we have to reconsider everything we think we know about foreign imports to the NBA. I've always kind of assumed that Hedo Turkoglu(notes) and Mehmet Okur(notes) spent a lot of time in Turkish nightclubs together, just dancing and having a great time. If that's not true, I'm not sure what I'll do. Next thing you know, we're going to find out Anderson Varejao(notes) and Leandro Barbosa(notes) don't play futból together back in Brazil. That's depressing just to think about.
(h/t The Baseline)
- Goran Dragic
- Sasha Vujacic
- Paul Pierce