The Most Vicious Clotheslines In NBA History
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Ignore the title of the video. Jarret “JBL” Jack wasn’t ejected for hitting Elfrid Payton with a clothesline after getting his shot blocked by Payton. And I wouldn’t say “absolutely destroyed” considering Payton, who missed the last 8 games due to a hamstring injury, was laughing after his amusing flop and fall to the ground. Besides getting hit with the clothesline, Payton had a nice stat line with 11 points, 11 assists, 6 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks in just 29 minutes.
“A sight for sore eyes,” said Magic coach Frank Vogel after the win. “That’s what it was for me seeing Elfrid Payton back out there.”
If your eyes want to see some real nasty clothesline that led to some sore asses, necks, faces and pockets, then here’s a couple countdown videos of the most “vicious” clothesline in NBA history.
- Metta World Peace on JJ Barea
- Rajon Rondo on future teammate DWade
- Draymond Green on best friend LeBron James
- The Black Mamba on The Manimal
- Kendrick Perkins on Dame DOLLA
- Kevin McHale on Kurt Rambis.
This should be number one because it’s by far the most famous clothesline in NBA history and a good representation of 80s basketball and the rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers.
- Blue Edwards and John Stockton take out Dana “is an underrated rapper and baller” Barros
- Kobe on former teammate Jeremy Lin
- Delly on Biyombo
- Shaq takes down Air Canada
- Lance Stephenson on Cole
- Scottie Pippen on dirty ass Bill Laimbeer
- Jason Kidd on Linsanity
- Reggie Geary runs into the wall that is Shaq
Not mentioned in these video is Raja Bell taking out Kobe in a Game 5 of the 2006 Playoffs. Bell was suspended for a game and has a long history of annoying Kobe.
Speaking of Kobe, this wasn’t really a clothesline but this hard foul by Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game deserves to be mentioned because IT’S AN ALL-STAR GAME, it was in the third quarter and the East was losing by 12!
One last classic from the 80s: Dirty ass Bill Laimbeer taking Larry Bird down during Game 3 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals.