LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Best Bromances in the NBA

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IFebruary 14, 2012

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Best Bromances in the NBA

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    It's Valentines Day around the NBA, so it's time to take a look at the best love stories around the league.

    Long gone are the days where real rivalries and heated battles dominated the hardwood.

    It's a different time. It's the day where the bromance rules the league.

    There's way too much love around the NBA right now, but being that it's Valentines Day, we will celebrate that love today.

    Here's a look at the NBA's top bromances

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

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    This is the most obvious one in the league.

    James even left his home state of Ohio to bring the love affair to South Beach and brought good friend Chris Bosh with him.

    All seriousness, though, Wade and James can't say a complete sentence without talking about each other, and they are always side by side.

    They aren't just the NBA's top one-two punch, they are the NBA's top bromance as well.

Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki

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    These two have a genuine bromance, as they've been best friends since they entered the NBA.

    They actually lived together early in their careers, and Nowitzki is the godfather of Nash's children.

    They may play in different cities, but the two remain close.

Dwight Howard and Deron Williams

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    The latest NBA bromance has Howard willing to demonstrate how much he likes Williams.

    He will hold his team hostage and ruin his once-perfect reputation just to get to see his friend Williams every day.

    It's possible that Howard and Williams could ruin not only one but two franchises to be together in the end. That's a serious bond.

    This bromance is out of control already, and they haven't played a game as teammates yet.

Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton

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    Hamilton was really broken up a few years back when Joe Dumars got rid of his best bud and backcourt mate in Billups.

    Billups was sent to Denver, and Allen Iverson tried to take his place.

    Hamilton was really never the same in Detroit again without Billups by his side.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin

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    I would love Paul to if I were Griffin and the other way around as well.

    These two guys aren't only perfect for each other on the court, but also for what they've done to the Los Angeles Clippers franchise in terms of making them relevant.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili

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    Parker and Ginobili have a lot in common.

    They're both foreign-born players, they've both won rings in San Antonio and they've been together a very long time.

    Parker had to be devastated when Ginobili was out injured, but now he's back, so the bromance can continue.

    "No disrespect to my young teammates, but I don't care how good they're playing," Parker told Fox Sports. "I'll play with Manu any time of the day, even if he's 50 percent."

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love

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    This bromance dates back to when the two were at UCLA, as they became very close friends.

    They even took it to another level during the NBA lockout, as they went back to school to take some classes—together.

Jeremy Lin and Any New York Knick

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    Every New York Knicks player, coach and fan has a bromance with Lin, and deservedly so.

    Mike D'Antoni loves him because Lin saved his job for now.

    Teammates such as Tyson Chandler, Landry Fields and others love Lin because their production has increased dramatically with Lin in the lineup.

    Finally, the fans are infatuated with Lin because the Knicks are 5-0 since Lin started getting minutes.

Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley

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    I had to throw Francis and Mobley in for old time's sake.

    These two loved each other, and it really upset Francis when Orlando traded Mobley in 2005.

    So upset that Francis offered up the classic quote.

    “I can’t put it into words,” he said. “Playing with a guy (pause), living with a guy, just knowing that every day when I wake up that’s something I can count on (pause), that I’m going to be in practice or in a game with Cuttino………Him not being here is going to be tough for me (pause). I don’t know what I’m going to wake up for (pause).”

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