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West Side: Say bye to rivalries

While the great rivalries of yore are kaput, the game itself soars to new levels

Originally Published: November 27, 2012
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez are teaming up this season for a look at the NBA from two perspectives, called West Side/East Side. Today's edition looks at rivalries in the NBA.

When NBA rivalries died they didn't get the glorious, messianic treatment like the heroic John Basilone in HBO's "The Pacific" series. No, they were unceremoniously dropped in a box and shipped to a hotel, like a certain "Boardwalk Empire" character.

No front-page obituary. All you needed to learn ...

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