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The three biggest 'problem' players for franchises in the NBA

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With the new NBA season yet to tip-off, we have already had our first talking point of the year. It was provided by ESPN writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss who published an article detailing the chemistry issues Draymond Green caused between the Golden State Warriors last season. 

In the report, Strauss claimed that Green often berated teammates and coaching staff and was a difficult player to be around off the court. 

The article was labeled as "ridiculous" by Steph Curry who defended his teammate from the claims.

However, Strauss did also mentioned that the All-Star forward was arguably the most important player on the Dubs roster and so his antics had to be accepted.

The league has seen its fair share of problem players down the years in the mould of Draymond, so here are three names that spring to mind:

Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest)

In his days as Ron Artest, who can forget the famous 'malice in the palace'. As a member of the Indiana Pacers, Artest was at the centre of an altercation between fans and players against the Detroit Pistons.

The brawl also involved Pistons center Ben Wallace, Artest's teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, among others.

Pacers v Heat

The NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games. He missed 86 games, which was the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.

World Peace always had an abrasive personality and a temperament that many feared could derail team chemistry at any moment. 

Later in his career, the 36-year-old signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and under the leadership of Kobe Bryant was part of a title-winning team. But his time in L.A. wasn't without controversy either. 

In 2012, he was suspended for seven games after elbowing James Harden - then of the Oklahoma City Thunder - in the head. Harden was later diagnosed with a concussion as a result of the blow.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

The controversial Artest was certainly a talented player, but he was always a problem waiting to happen. 

Michael Beasley

Beasley definitely goes into the category for the most wasted talents in the NBA. The forward was selected by the Miami Heat with the number two overall pick in the 2008 draft and big things were expected of him having come with a big college reputation. 

The 27-year-old's problems started before he even entered the league after he was believed to have been smoking in his hotel room during the NBA's Rookie Transition Program. The following year he checked himself into rehab for unspecified reasons and was eventually traded away by the Heat in the deal that saw LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrive.

A move to the Minnesota Timberwolves was a fresh start for Beasley but his problems seemed to follow him there as he was fined for possession of marijuana in 2011.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

He failed to produce anything of significance in Minnesota and was then traded to Phoenix before another stint in Miami, then the Houston Rockets and now the Milwaukee Bucks. 

He is still in the league and is at an age where he should be reaching his prime, but for whatever reason, things just haven't worked out for the Kansas State product after a promising career in college. He is Jason Kidd and the Bucks' problem now. 

DeMarcus Cousins

Possibly the biggest problem player in the league at present. This is frustrating as he is also probably the best big man in the game.

Cousins has been in Sacramento throughout his six years in the league and has encountered problems almost every year for one reason or another. 

Cleveland Cavaliers v Sacramento Kings

Due to his talent, however, the Kings know they can't do without him. Every coach he has fallen out with has been shown the door.

Last season he averaged a career-high 26.9 points along with 11.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. But the 26-year-old's talent has never been in question, his temperament has.

He incurred 17 technical fouls last year and has been hit with suspensions and fines from both the league and the Kings on countless occasions during his career so far. 

The two-time All-Star may be a difficult teammate at the best of times, maybe the modern day Ron Artest in many ways, but he hasn't been in the best of situations in Sacramento. 

Los Angeles Clippers v Sacramento Kings

Maybe a change will do both Cousins and the franchise the world of good, but for now, this marriage is still intact. Here's to hoping that they work things out this campaign and make headlines for the right reasons.

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