October 28, 2016

Odd Couples – and a Threesome – The NBA Teammates Who Might Have Some “Relationship Troubles”

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Not everyone likes their coworkers, but it's pretty significant factor in basketball - here's the teams and teammates that might have a little bit of infighting in the coming season.

Not everyone likes their co-workers; in fact, most offices around the country run rife with gossip and bickering, and that’s okay.  But in team sports, like basketball, having good *chemistry* can often be the difference between winning and losing.  When teammates can’t see eye-to-eye there can be trouble: the ball can stick on offense and communication can lapse on defense.  Just look at the Rockets over the last two years.  When Dwight Howard and James Harden were still in their honeymoon phase back in the 2014-2015 season, the Rockets rode a wave of success all the way to the West’s 2-seed and a date with the Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.  Last year, when the Rockets’ two-stars could barely look at each other, Houston’s whirling offense slowed down to a crawl, the Rockets limped to the 8-seed and an embarrassing first round beat-down by those same Warriors.

The NBA is a superstar-driven league, one full of competitive alpha-dogs.  Every player was pretty much the guy on every team he’d ever played for before getting drafted, and there’s not a single one of them that doesn’t think he could be an all-star given the right situation and enough touches.  Most guys are great teammates, but that doesn’t stop human impulses like jealousy or pettiness from disrupting even the most talented and well-coached teams.  Sometimes, as good as a team might look on paper, conflicting personalities can ruin even the best-laid plans.  We’re only two days into the regular season, but already there’s some grumbles circulating around the NBA Rumor Mill.  To keep you in the know, here’s the seven teams most susceptible to some squabbling this season in order from those with some simmering resentment to one that could totally implode.

Not everyone likes their co-workers; in fact, most offices around the country run rife with gossip and bickering, and that’s okay.  But in team sports, like basketball, having good *chemistry* can often be the difference between winning and losing.  When teammates can’t see eye-to-eye there can be trouble: the ball can stick on offense and communication can lapse on defense.  Just look at the Rockets over the last two years.  When Dwight Howard and James Harden were still in their honeymoon phase back in the 2014-2015 season, the Rockets rode a wave of success all the way to the West’s 2-seed and a date with the Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.  Last year, when the Rockets’ two-stars could barely look at each other, Houston’s whirling offense slowed down to a crawl, the Rockets limped to the 8-seed and an embarrassing first round beat-down by those same Warriors.

The NBA is a superstar-driven league, one full of competitive alpha-dogs.  Every player was pretty much the guy on every team he’d ever played for before getting drafted, and there’s not a single one of them that doesn’t think he could be an all-star given the right situation and enough touches.  Most guys are great teammates, but that doesn’t stop human impulses like jealousy or pettiness from disrupting even the most talented and well-coached teams.  Sometimes, as good as a team might look on paper, conflicting personalities can ruin even the best-laid plans.  We’re only two days into the regular season, but already there’s some grumbles circulating around the NBA Rumor Mill.  To keep you in the know, here’s the seven teams most susceptible to some squabbling this season in order from those with some simmering resentment to one that could totally implode.

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