kingofkings· Premium Member
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How come in the NBA today there does not seem to be any rivalries between players anymore. I was just watching a Bulls video and Jordan said that to be the best he had to go through Bird, Magic and Isaiah. The rivalries between Magic and Bird was huge, as well as Magic and Thomas, etc. Why does there not seem to be any rivalries anymore. We really cannot say that Kobe and T-Mac have a rivalry because they hardly play against one another and one team is better than the other. We also had the Olajuwon/Ewing rivalry which was huge back in the early 1990's.What about the rivalry between the old Lakers and the Celtics, or the Pistons and the Celtics. Who can forget those fiery beat em up clashes between the Knicks and Heat, whereby you knew it was going to be a last man standing slugfest to the very end. Once Ewing, Brown, Mashburn, LJ, etc left that rivalry died. Anyway which teams and players have a personal rivalry today?? is it the Lakers and the Kings, other than this one, I cannot see any other rivalry existing. To me when you support one NBA team it is fun to hate another team to the fullest. Remember the Bulls/Knicks games of the 1990's featuring Jordan, Pippen, Grant, Cartwright, Armstrong against the hated tough guys of Ewing Oakley, Starks, Mason, McDaniel, etc. Now that was a true hardcore matchup. Remember that playoff series when the Knicks tried to inflict harm and pain on the Bulls, but the Bulls just overcame that challenge, withstood the pain and came through to win the series?? Now those games were huge and the rivalry was intense between those teams. It seems to me that their is no longer any rivalry in the NBA anymore. it is all about taking one game at a time, winning against all teams. Maybe that is why the game can get just a bit boring at times, when you do not have an adversary, whereby their is nothing better than beating them by one point. Look, I never even followed the Bulls, but those games against the Knicks were huge and I loved the way the Bulls withstood all the physicality of the Knicks and came through in the end. In the end I wanted the Bulls to beat them by one point, not twenty points but just one point, with Jordan hitting a last second game winner! Anyway when teams and players have rivalries the game means a lot more and is more exciting. Who are the rivalries that you all loved? Oh, I forgot Russell and Wilt, now that was huge!!!