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David Robinson and Tim Duncan: Though they only played six seasons together, the duo of Tim Duncan and David Robinson appeared in 70 postseason games from 1998-2003.
Those trips to the playoffs included two NBA championships and countless memories for Spurs fans. Duncan, who won finals MVP both times, came along at just the right time. Robinson gracefully faded into being a role player, allowing Duncan to take the spotlight. Because there was no ill-feelings, the transition went smoothly. Thanks to this bromance, the Spurs set a precedent for lengthy success.
Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson: Before he got buddy-buddy with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, Phil Jackson had already racked up six NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Jackson came on for Jordan's sixth year in the league, and immediately helped the Bulls get over the hump. Title No. 1 came in Jackson's second year in Chicago. They then won two more in a row before Jordan's baseball hiatus. When Jordan returned, Jackson was still there to win three more championships.
The two butted heads occasionally, so it wasn't until late in their careers and into retirement that we were able to truly appreciate the bromance they had.
Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki: Though their partnership was brief and amounted to little immediate success, the bromance between Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki was important to the careers of two of the most important players of the generation.
Nash and Nowitzki were different, from eachother and the rest of the league. They bonded over than and went to 43 playoff games over four postseasons together. They lost in the conference finals in 2003, and that was the farthest they ever got together. Once they separated, the bond remained tight and what they learned allowed them to go on to multiple successes individually.