April 28, 2010
Here's my short list of NBA guys who I wouldn't ever try to fight no matter who I am:
1. Shaquille O'Neal
2. Ron Artest
3. Jerry Sloan
4. Stephen Jackson
5. Rasheed Wallace
That list is a mix of hugeness, strength, general craziness and an assumption that those guys would do what they can to destroy you with their fists and/or other body parts. Regardless of circumstances, coming to blows with any of those guys is a foolish move.
"Man, one time I set a pick on (John) Stockton and I knocked Stockton to the ground and I gave him a shoulder. And I'm really cool with Stockton, but I was trying to show the rest of the team like I'm going to get the technical, you guys. I'll be the bad guy, come on. Well, Stockton kind of laughed. I laughed. I looked at the bench and Sloan looked at me.
"I said, 'You want some?' He was like, 'Damn right I want some.'
"He started walking toward me. So, you know, it's a good thing there was a ref there because, hey, he's one of the toughest guys in the league. I don't want to fight that guy. So, I'll tell you, when your team is led by one of the toughest guys in the league, your team is going to be tough."
Chris Webber is lucky to have dodged that grey-haired bullet. That could have been eight seasons and nine Warriors games we never got to see from Detroit's finest export not named Kid Rock.
It's also pretty funny that the one time in Webber's career that he tried to be a tough guy, he did it by picking on the smallest guy on the court. How very Chris Webber of him.