Opinion: Top-10 NBA rivalries

By Jordon Hall

1. Heat vs. Bulls:

The rivalry goes back to the 1990s when Pat Riley defected from the New York Knicks and joined Alonzo Mourning in Miami to take on the dynasty of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. Fast-forward about 15-years later and it’s maybe the most heated rivalry in the NBA today. Both teams have arguably the two best players in the NBA; LeBron James and Derrick Rose. The two-time NBA and Finals MVP against the only player not named James to win an NBA MVP since 2008. Both are without a doubt two of the most explosive players in the NBA today.

Dwyane Wade, the Chicago native, is not afraid to get rough with the Bulls. Joakim Noah has stated many times he hates the Heat more than any one man on the planet. Carlos Boozer, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Luol Deng, Nazr Mohammed and Chris Bosh have all gotten physical in the rivalry since it started three years ago when “ The Big 3” came together. These teams play four times and then more in the playoffs.

2. Heat vs. Nets

When Miami’s “Big 3” started, it ticked off the Celtics’ “Big 3” because Boston coined the term first and also never liked James and Wade.

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The New York Knicks’ blockbuster trade to bring Carmelo Anthony back to the east coast became the second “Best St. Bonaventure tweets” graphic.

J.P. Butler, the Bonnies’ men’s basketball beat writer for the Olean Times Herald, won this week’s contest with his “What happens in 2 years when #Knicks line-up looks like this: C. Paul, C. Anthony, L. Fields, A. Stoudemire, Andrew Nicholson?”

Here is the updated standings (click here to read the contest’s rules):

1) J.P. Butler, ‘07 alumnus, @JPbutler10: 30
T-2) Sabrina Maddeaux, ‘10 alumna, @sabzPR; Adrian Wojnarowski , ‘91 alumnus, @WojYahooNBA: 28
4) Michelle McKernan, class of 2012, @Shell_McKernan: 27

T-6) Ryan Papaserge, class of 2012, @Papaserge, Sam Wilson, class of 2012, @samwils, Ryan Lazo, class of 2013, @RMLazo13: 24
T-9) Courtney Cobb, class of 2012, @cbcobb; Kelly O’Dell, class of 2013, @Kelly_Odell; Kathryn Dickinson, ‘03 alumna, @KatieBea; Pete Cauvel, class of 2011, @PeterCauvel; Chris Graham, class of 2012, @CWGraham17: 21

14) Amanda Klein, class of 2012, @inKliened: 10
15) Emily Sorokes, class of 2012, @EmilyESorokes: 8
T-16) Kyle Zappia, class of 2012, @Kzap131; Emilee Lindner, class of 2012, @Emilee537; Kimberly DeSimone, a school of business lecturer, @KimberlyDeSimon; Stephannie Cravatta, class of 2012, @Its_Stephannie: 1