Tracy McGrady sent basketball Twitter into a little of a debate frenzy after he said that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were more skilled than LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
Wade and Bron have been regarded as the most skilled duo of all time until Kyrie and KD teamed up and lots of people thought TMac was taking a shot at Wade or Bron but he was just saying how skilled KD and Kyrie are.
Even Bron and Wade knew it. Both future HoF went to Twitter to kind of agree with TMac on how skilled those two guys are.
Have to love seeing players show love to other players. Even if we know Kobe and Shaq are the greatest duos of all time.
In the year 2000, led by league MVP Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers made their first Finals since 1991. They defeated the Indiana Pacers and claimed their first title since 1989. But this was only the beginning of a generation-defining dynasty and what came next makes the Kobe/Shaq duo the greatest in NBA History.
If you have been following the series then you already know that what we attempt to do here: find the best year both players had as a duo. Not only do I take into consideration stats, but also accolades achieved during that season by both players. This leads me to a pretty easy decision, in this case, Shaq and Kobe had their best year as a duo during the 2000-01 season.
Obviously, let’s start with their traditional regular-season stats and shooting percentages.
Kobe: 28.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 5.0apg while shooting 46.4/30.5/85.3
Shaq: 28.7ppg, 12.7rpg, 3.7apg while shooting 57.2/0/51.3
Both players were named to the all-star game, made the all-defensive second team, and were honored with an All-NBA team selection (Shaq made the first team and Kobe made the second team).
The Lakers grabbed the second seed in the Western Conference and cemented their legacy with one of the greatest playoff runs any team has ever had. Los Angeles went 15-1 on their quest for a second straight championship. Here’s a list of the competition they demolished on their way for an NBA title.
The 50-32 Portland Trail Blazers led by Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire (swept)
The 55-27 Sacramento Kings led by Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic (swept)
The 58-24 San Antonio Spurs led by Tim Duncan and Derek Anderson (swept)
The 56-26 Philadelphia 76ers led by Allen Iverson and Theo Ratliff (won in 5)
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