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Loyalty?

All good supporters and fans of the NBA know that as much as this game is a sport, it’s become more so of a business.

But is it this business approach, and side of the game, that has made it increasingly harder to stay loyal to one team when your favorite players are sent packing?

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Time for my Week 2 Friday Feature time and believe it or not the number two plays an enormous part in the entirety of this article.

If anyone was paying attention to a tweet I sent out earlier in the week, you may know where this is heading.

For those of you not hanging on my every tweet, I’ve decided to at least give you an inclination.

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All right now that everyone has seen the above reference I guess the cat is out of the bag. For some unbeknown reason, perhaps it is the lack of basketball, I have watched an abundance of WWE over the past fortnight.

I hand on my heart can say that I have watched more in this timeframe than I ever have in any part of my life.

Am I ashamed of this fact?

You better believe I’m not.

Now I’ll happily admit that modern WWE isn’t as good as years gone by but it was never going to be. I mean the bar was raised to unfathomable heights thanks to the likes of The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and The Rock.

Again, I’m managing to ramble on about irrelevant information so I guess a point is necessary at some stage.

With reference to my above tweet, I’m trying my hand at comparing some of the all time great WWE Tag Team partnerships to some of the most formidable NBA Duos.

Some of these were easier to come by however some really took a bit of time researching, both on the Internet and playing Xbox1.

 

The one that came to me in an instant was the most damaging duo that exists within the NBA right now2. The run and gun is slicker than oil and the air with which they carry themselves is unrivalled. Of course I’m talking about none other than Oklahoma’s Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook.

One story that makes the following comparison seem more fitting is a steel cage match from the 2001 Survivor Series. The Dudley Boyz put their WCW title on the line against the Hardy Boyz3. With Matt safely out of the cage, Jeff had the chance to escape, instead opting to Swanton Bomb his way back into the cage and effectively out of the match.

As frustrating as this was, it’s hard not to be captivated by the moment and how insanely awesome it was. Jeff Hardy perfectly encapsulates Russell Westbrook; he was flashy and colorful but took risks that at times simply weren’t needed.

If you haven’t seen it, or cannot remember the steel cage match I’ve taken the liberty of including the link below.

http://www.wwe.com/videos/the-hardy-boyz-vs-the-dudley-boyz-tag-team-championship-unification-steel-cage-m-26050642

 

Whenever the topic of greatest NBA duos is brought up there is one pairing that reigns supreme. Two of the greatest 30 players of all time, none other than Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen4. They wreaked havoc on the league on their way to capturing 6 titles and were as close to unstoppable as there has ever been within our great league.

With that in mind, this comparison actually is pretty straightforward. If Jordan and Pippen are the greatest NBA duo of all time then their WWE counterpart can only be the current record holders for the single longest tag title reign & most combined days as champions; Demolition.

They made Tag Team title contenders look like boys amongst men much the same way as Jordan and Pippen did, there will always be others who will contend but in the end the champions always stand the tallest.

 

After spending a few quality hours playing some more Xbox, I came to the conclusion that the next pairing is seriously lethal. By themselves they are as fearsome as they come but when paired up the fear inside reaches critical levels. Known as the Brothers of Destruction, Undertaker and Kane dismantled any wrestlers who were brave (or dumb?) enough to get into the ring with them.

They simply towered over opponents and had next to no holes in their game. The best big man combination that comes to mind is Tim Duncan and David Robinson. I may be cheating a little with this one but I am only going off of one NBA Season (1997/98), why you may ask – because it’s my article. That’s why.

During this season the Admiral and Big Fundamental combined for 3,305 points – 1,752 boards – 423 assists and 517 stocks. Those numbers are absurd and show the complete dominance they had over the league. By themselves they could more than capably get the job done, but when teamed up they were a complete nightmare.

 

Now it wouldn’t be a decent comparison article if I only did players of the last 20 years.

So what I will bring to you is my final pairing.

 

I love nothing more than putting on one of my many DVDs of games from the 70s and 80s and watching how different the game was back then to how it is now. The same can be said for the WWE, ashamedly I do not own quite nearly enough DVDs of old school wrestling than what I would like.

However the beauty of this day and age is that anything can be found on the Internet. I have watched hours of footage of a Tag Team pairing named Valiant Brothers, who back in the early 1970s held the title for 370 days, which was the record up until Demolition knocked them of their perch.

When I think of early 70s NBA a fair few superstar names come to mind but the one pairing who are an extremely close second in terms of all-time greatness can be the Bucks combination of Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.

They carried the Bucks organization to an NBA Title and an enthralling 7 game battle in another NBA Finals. The beauty of Oscar and Kareem was that there games were so far ahead of their times which was the exact same as the Valiant Brothers. This helped them to achieve the greatness they thoroughly deserved.

 

Well there you have it, my second Friday feature and if your not enjoying the interesting spin I’m trying to bring this offseason then let me know about it.

Although I have a few ideas for upcoming articles, if you have anything interesting then let me know.

Stay tuned.

 

1One of my greatest writers block techniques is playing NBA on the Xbox or playing any game I am trying to write about. Don’t believe me? Try it out one day.

2If you try and say that KD+RW aren’t the most lethal duo right now, you are clinically insane.

3I miss the early 2000s and being able to put a Z instead of an S and this be considered cool.

4Nobody was keen to argue with me about Pippen being a top 30 so you better believe I’m going to mention this as many times as humanly possible



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‘The Backpack Baller’ – Interview With Brad Graham

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This weekend past, I clicked into my ‘Podcasts’ app on my iPhone to see which of my favourite NBA Podcasts had been updated with new episodes. It was then that I noticed the brilliant CRTSDE podcast had posted a ‘Mini-sode’ which had regular B.G discussing his new project ‘The Backpack Baller’. At first, I thought it may have been a story involving a backpacking traveller trekking the world while taking in as much hoops as possible. How wrong I was!

In fact, B.G (Brad Graham) has put together a book, actually, a much needed book about Superstar Kevin Durant.

I got to throw a few questions Brad’s way about this amazing project, including what areas the book touches on, and what it’s going to take to make it happen.

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Harden, Lee, Chandler – NBA MVP ?

With the the season in full swing we have already seen some amazing performance’s from the NBA’s best.
Melo, Kobe, James, Paul, Rondo and Durant have all played out of their minds this season. We at NBA Nation Australia have taken a look over the league and wanted to suggest 3 candidates from each conference for MVP.
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