The 12 Biggest Bromances in Sports Right Now

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2013

The 12 Biggest Bromances in Sports Right Now

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    No guy really wants to admit it, but it's true—we've all got a few mancrushes.

    We wish we had Clooney’s charm, Shaun White’s coolness or be a complete badass like Statham.

    And like us normal dudes, there are some people in sports who just can’t hide their love for one another as much as they'd probably hope.

    Whether with a teammate or a coach, here are the biggest bromances in sports that every fan should absolutely be aware of.

One to Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo and Yasiel Puig

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    After Real Madrid and Portugal national team star Cristiano Ronaldo recently made a trip to the States, he was able to help grow his international appeal even more.

    There may have been no bigger fan than Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig though, who caught the first pitch from Ronaldo at the Dodgers game a few weeks ago after handing him a personalized Dodgers jersey.

    The two were seen juggling both a baseball and soccer ball in foul ground too, so this might be one that becomes bigger than just a one-night stand.

Josh McDaniels and Tim Tebow

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    What does Josh McDaniels have that some football players just can't get enough of?

    While now former Pats receiver Brandon Lloyd credits a revival in his career to his former head coach and offensive coordinator, the same could be said for Tim Tebow.

    How much do these two love each other?

    Enough that McDaniels drafted the former Florida quarterback in the first round of the 2010 draft when he was head coach of the Broncos, even though most people didn't believe Timmy should go higher than the third round.

    Reunited in New England this year, it should be interesting to see how much love Tebow gets from his new coordinator now that he has some guy named Brady under center to compete with.

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan

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    As two of the biggest dunkers in the NBA, these two high-hoppers know how to elevate together.

    Just a few months apart, the mid-20s-somethings don't just share laughs when posterizing their opponents, but enjoy hanging out away from the rim too.

    They proved that by traveling to Europe together this offseason, showing that the beach is just as fun as the hardwood.

    And if you really need anymore proof of these two "broing" it together, just watch how well they know each other.

Roger Federer and Tiger Woods

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    With Tiger Woods second on the all-time Majors list with 14, and Roger Federer the leader in Grand Slam singles victories with 17, the two seem to share the same competitive drive and personality.

    As two of the best in their respective sports, it was only natural for these two to cross paths and enter into a bromance.

    Though there was speculation that Federer dropped Tiger as a friend following Woods' cheating on former wife Elin, the tennis great credited Woods for the encouragement to capture his most recent Grand Slam last year.

    Look, even bromances have ups and downs.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden

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    Being similar in age and absolutely sick at basketball, former Thunder (and Olympic) teammates Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden have a rare threesome bromance.

    Even after Harden got shipped to Houston before last season, the trio have stayed close, hanging out (and balling) whenever they can and showing that being in different cities can't tarnish a friendship.

    I have a feeling the three love nothing more than firing up their game consoles and battling each other in some sort of video game.

Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler

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    Getting their start together in Denver, the quarterback-wide receiver duo got paired up in Chicago before last season and have found life to be good again.

    As much time as I'd like to think Cutler spends with his sexy wife Kristin Cavallari, I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of it is actually in the film room with Marshall.

    Averaging nearly 88 receptions in his seven seasons, Marshall's quite the go-to receiver for any quarterback, so Cutler's glad he's all his.

Matt Harvey and Freddie Freeman

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    Although the two All-Stars play for divisional rivals—Harvey (Mets) and Freeman (Braves)—that doesn't mean they haven't gotten soft on each other.

    The two showed that during this year's All-Star game in New York when they were seen getting cozy in the clubhouse.

    Just a few months apart in age and both emerging stars, I'd think it's only natural for these two to pick up some bro tips from each other, and my guess is we'll see them hitting the town together come this offseason.

Tony Romo and Jason Witten

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    Anytime teammates take the locker room unity and bring it off the field of play, that's how you know you've officially got a full-on bromance.

    And in the 10 years that Cowboys' Pro Bowlers Tony Romo and Jason Witten have been together, they've pushed the limit of being almost too close.

    When Romo went to Mexico with then-girlfriend Jessica Simpson during a bye week in the playoffs of '08, guess who was right there with him? 

    Yep, Witten.

    Or when everyone seems to take shots at the up-and-down quarterback, Witten's there in defense of his teammate—and best friend.

    Hell, these guys even room together on road trips, so what else do you need to prove they love being around one another?

Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan

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    Even though Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has an actual son, one might think that his future Hall of Fame forward, Tim Duncan, actually shares his bloodlines.

    That's because these two have a father-son-like relationship, with the two taking on the same personality on and off the court after winning four NBA titles together.

    The two understand each other so well after 16 years that it's really like they can finish each other sentences sometimes.

Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash

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    As you can see from the picture above, former Mavericks teammates Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash know how to have a damn good time together—and not just on the basketball court.

    With both having league MVPs in their careers (Nash with two), destined for the Hall of Fame once their careers end and plenty of money to throw a killer party, here's to hoping they find a nice retirement community to live in together so they continue to have the good times roll.

    It's just too bad they never won a title together so the world could see how hard they would have celebrated.

Frank Lampard and John Terry

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    Although there might not be too many Americans who know about Chelsea (and former England national team) teammates Frank Lampard and John Terry's bromance, it's only because they aren't playing in the States.

    Best friends for over 10 years now, Terry admitted that he wouldn't even entertain the thought of Lampard ever playing elsewhere, while Lampard has stood up for his buddy in the midst of racism allegations against Terry.

    Both may getting up there in age, but you can bet their love for each other won't fizzle after their playing careers end.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady

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    For all of the unbelievable things that Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady has done in his career, none of it may have even been possible had his head coach, Bill Belichick, not drafted the scrawny kid out of Michigan in 2000.

    Following an injury to incumbent starter Drew Bledsoe in 2001, Brady took over full-time duty under center, leading the Pats to their first Super Bowl of the great duos era.

    Since then, both have become mirror images of each other, keeping things extremely private and close to the chest in everything they do.

    It's as if Brady is like Belichick's son or something?

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James

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    I really did everything in my power to keep the Heat duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade out of my No. 1 spot, but there's just too much evidence against them to land any lower.

    As if developing a relationship as they came into the NBA together in 2003 wasn't enough, both players (rightfully) became regarded as top-10 players in the league—though D-Wade may have fallen out lately—and only bonded that friendship together more as teammates on the '04 and '08 Olympic teams.

    The final straw though?

    Back in 2010 when James left Cleveland and changed his entire life to join his best friend in South Beach to play with Wade's Heat.

    When they aren't competing against each other in post game head wear (JamesWade) they're kicking back together at exclusive parties and clubs.