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Joe Ingles on his beef with NBA players: I'm nearly 30 years old, I'm not intimidated by anyone

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Joe Ingles explains why he isn't afraid of other NBA players

Utah Jazz swingman Joe Ingles has a lot of ongoing and past beef with some NBA stars. Perhaps the number one on Ingles' list is LA Clippers forward Paul George. The two have had a ton of verbal and physical altercations over the years, especially in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. As such, fans see Ingles as that irritating villain who just won't die. 

Ingles himself reflected on the matter — on why he has been involved in all sorts of scuffles that have escalated into mini-rivalries. According to him, the origins of his extra-physical play came from his stint with the Australian national team. Things are simply different when you're wearing the colors of your national flag. Ingles brought this mindset when he came into the NBA. But he was in for a rough surprise.

"And then I got into the NBA, it was like every two minutes I was getting in a scuffle with someone. And I was like, I don't know if they were testing me . I'm nearly 30 years old. I'm not intimidated by anyone. Regardless of who you are, you're all humans," Ingles said, The Old Man and The Three podcast.

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Ingles also recounted his battles with Jimmy Butler, whom he considers his favorite enemy. The Australian's first encounter with Butler was during his rookie year. Like any other rookie trying to make it, Ingles was getting very physical with Butler, chasing him around and not letting him get to his spots. Butler did not like Ingles antics after falling to the floor during a particular sequence. And so he lunged at Ingles with bad intent. Fortunately, they were separated before things escalated.

This was the first of many altercations. Ingles and Butler were getting slapped with technical fouls every time they played. As Ingles noted, he got into a peace agreement with Butler. Just play the game how it's supposed to be played without getting technical fouls. 

Ingles' beef with George has tempered down a bit over the last couple of years. Did Ingles also come to a peace pact with the All-Star?

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