Basketball is a game of rivalries, be it between top players or elite teams. Fans have already experienced Larry Bird and Magic Johnson taking their college rivalry onto the professional level, as well as the well-publicized feud between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas.
Whether they are created by fans or the press, one thing is certain: Rivalries put fans in the seats and keep the game interesting.
LeBron James has a giant target on his back now that he has won a championship ring, so many teams will be looking to knock him and the Miami Heat off of their throne. The same can be said for the Los Angeles Lakers, whose epic starting five are now surely in the crosshairs of every team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Needless to say, 2012-13 is going to be insane from start to finish, and certain matchups are only going to throw more fuel onto the fire.