Friendship isn’t valued enough nowadays, especially in sports, where everything’s considered to be business and nothing else, with feeling left aside and players and executives just looking to be put in the most profitable situation possible regardless of everything else.
Of course, considering how much money these guys do and how wealthy they are, it’s normal to expect them to put money ahead of everything, but intangibles like chemistry may take a huge toll on a team’s locker room and eventually, performance.
Over the course of history, we’ve seen a lot of good buddies take their teams to the highest of levels, creating legacies that last forever in the memories of fans, history books and of course, hanging really high in the rafters.
Today, we’re bound to pay our respects of some guys that have developed a big bromance for the team’s sake and that have become even family throughout the way, so grab a buddy and enjoy.
10. Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons
Back then when they were both members of the Houston Rockets, a young Chandler Parsons had just entered the league and found a friend in Jeremy Lin, a guy you’ll always see with a huge smile on his face.
Lin was supposed to be a rising star in the Association, and the two young lads were constantly spotted fooling around, taking selfies and messing in social media. Still, to this day, Parsons is extremely active with his own social media and constantly shouts out his former teammate and buddy.
9. LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas
LeBron James had very little help when leading his Cleveland Cavaliers in his postseasons runs before leaving for the Miami Heat, but he’s always had nothing but great things to say about Zydrunas Ilgauskas, “the best big man he’s ever played with”.
As a matter of fact, he tried to get Ilgauskas his first ring before retiring and took him with him to Miami, but once again they couldn’t fulfill that dream. Besides, he even attended his jersey retirement ceremony at the Quicken Loans Arena despite still being a member of the Heat, something some fans didn’t enjoy much.
8. Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony
Being the New York Knicks’ 1 - 2 punch really made this talented ballers bond a lot, with Carmelo taking the young Porzingis under his wing and helping him improve his shooting and teaching him how to succeed in the fiercest city in the world.
During all the controversies surrounding Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis never hesitated to take a stand and was even tweeting regarding this matter, stepping up for his best friend on the team and the unfair he was being treated.
7. Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash
Back in the day when a young Steve Nash was still a member of the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk even opened the doors of his house to the standout point guard, and even after they parted ways they constantly worked out with each other until Nash decided to retire.
Dirk, of course, is challenging father time and is set to enter yet another season, and it would’ve been great to watch this two studs ball together when they were both in their primes, and after sharing the same roof, you know these guys had to be very close.
6. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph
Through most of his career, Zach Randolph was mostly viewed as a bad boy and it seemed like he just couldn’t stay out of trouble, but apparently Marc Gasol took a huge toll in that kind of behavior after taking him under his wing when they started bonding as the Memphis Grizzlies twin towers.
Gasol, just like his brother, has always been delighted to be surrounded by art and culture, and he even took Z-Bo to Europe with him to help him grow as a person and shake off some toxic habits, something he’ll always be thankful for.
5. Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love
Back in the day when both were members of the Minnesota Timberwolves, it looked like Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love were the ones that would finally make this team contender and part of a big market, something that as you may know by now, never actually happened and they even aren’t members of the team anymore.
Regardless, during their stint together, they were often involved in cultural discussions regarding art history and appreciation, while Love was reportedly helping Rubio learn English when he first came to the U.S from Spain. Sadly, they weren’t able to thrive at their primes due to injuries and a lousy support cast, but the friendship always lasts.
4. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams
Ever since Enes Kanter and Steven Adams became teammates at the Oklahoma City Thunder, the couple of big men developed a huge locker room chemistry and could often be spotted fooling around and joking in practice or the sidelines as well of being involved in hilarious videos and feuds over social media.
Being both international players, they kicked things off very fast. Adams is definitely going to miss his “Stache Bro” after both of them decided to grow facial hair, as he was even recruiting him to root for the New Zealand All Blacks.
3. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry
Besides being the team’s leaders, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have become huge buddies and DeMar played a huge part in keeping Lowry on board this offseason when he was reportedly eager to take his talents to the Western Conference and get a fresh start after yet another failed postseason run.
DeRozan and Lowry have been spotted in hundreds of videos fooling around together and even test driving cars just for fun, as well as constantly interrupting each other’s postgame interviews and reportedly share a huge chemistry off the hardwood.
2. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan
Neither Gregg Popovich nor Tim Duncan are known for being the most emotional guys, but truth to be told, they share a bond that goes way beyond the basketball court after both helped the Spurs build a winning culture that’ll last for eternity.
“Timmy”, as Pop often called him was always the clear favorite in one of the most hard-nosed coaches in competitive sports and after 19 seasons and 5 NBA Championships, they both consider each other to be family and even constantly share texts.
1. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James
And last but not least, we get a bromance that’s getting all of the headlines once again, as Dwyane Wade decided to give up a lot of cash just to play ball alongside his longtime buddy LeBron James once again and make yet another Championship run together.
Wade and LeBron won a couple of rings as the Miami Heat’s 1-2 punch, and they always spend the holidays together with their families, work out together and perhaps even share slumber parties. Don’t get jealous, James Jones.