Throughout the NBA's history, there have been quite a handful of heated rivalries.
Whether they be off-the-court issues, in-game fights, prolonged intense competition for supremacy or whatever the cause, the NBA's rivalries are a big part of the game and the game's history.
However, rivalries in the NBA seem to be dying off, perhaps as the league becomes more and more commercial—they still exist but to a lesser degree.
Some rivalries come from utter respect for one another; some rivalries come from complete distaste for one another.
Regardless, rivalries of past and present have been something for both fans and players to look forward to and enjoy.
That said, let's have a look at some of the best player rivalries in NBA history.