When you think of the NBA's best rivalries, it's tough not to consider your favorite teams. The Miami Heat will battle the Indiana Pacers out East, the New York Knicks will fight the Brooklyn Nets for the state of New York and the Los Angeles Lakers will continually spat with the L.A. Clippers over who owns Tinseltown.
Basketball is a team sport, and all fans have their allegiances; but the NBA is a player-driven league, and those players make up just as many rivalries.
For years, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were the epitome of individual competition. The truth, however, is that the mystique surrounding the stars was stronger than the strife itself.
The idea of a Bryant-James rivalry has faded with time, leaving new duos to come along and steal the show.
The top rivals in today's game aren't all about bad blood. They're about competitiveness, mutual respect and the potential for epic battles for years to come.
Then again, we all love a good skirmish now and again, proving that the league still has mutual hatred boiling within certain players.