Zaza Pachulia has a history of dirty plays, and surely has earned his reputation as the dirtiest player in NBA history. There are many examples of Pachulia intentionally targeting opposing players with the intent to cause injury, so it’s not a surprise that he is known as ‘Dirty Zaza’ or ‘Dirty Zaza Pachulia’.
Look at him just randomly flop on top of Russell Westbrook, targeting all his weight onto Westbrook’s knees.
Dirty or accidental? pic.twitter.com/Yq47Qh2BtI
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) February 25, 2018
“The guy is so dirty, how does he get away with this? How is he not banned?”, these are common questions that basketball fans ask about why the NBA allows this dangerous player to continue playing in the league.
In Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard went up for a field goal attempt, with Pachulia closing in and deliberately placing his foot where Leonard would land, causing a severe ankle injury. Afterwards, the Zaza rule was a rule change that was introduced by the NBA to address the concerns about Pachulia’s reckless defensive closeouts.
If you are not familiar with ‘Dirty Zaza’s’ antics, then here is a video to give you a idea of the type of player he is.