2. KIRK SNYDER VS. JERRY STACKHOUSE
No video survived this attack because it didn’t happen on the court. Throughout the game, which occurred in Dallas in April of 2005, Stackhouse had been complaining to the refs that Snyder was throwing cheap and illegal elbows (doesn’t everything in basketball seem to stem from this?). They exchanged unpleasantries immediately following the game with Mark Cuban comparing the confrontation to a couple of “Miller Lite” girls. Oh really? Stack decided to take it to the next level… in the hallway in front of the Jazz’s team bus.
Reports are varied on exactly what happened, but they all agree on two things: Stackhouse clocked Snyder onto the ground, and had his face bleeding by the end of the 40-second throwdown. Some say the Mavs guard was waiting for Snyder in front of the bus… others recall he was just there talking to his wife. Just know Snyder got more than one fist to the face.
Check out what Alvin Gentry said to Jack McCallum in the book, 7 Seconds Or Less:
“[after a game against Utah] Stackhouse tells [Kirk Snyder], “I’m going to kick your ass,” but the kid doesn’t think anything about it. Game’s over, Stackhouse, who dresses all GQ, goes to the equipment manager and asks for a warm-up suit, puts that on, goes out into the tunnel, sees Snyder, kicks his ass with a couple of punches, goes back into the locker room, returns the warm-up and puts on a nice blue suit. All in a day’s work.”