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Hall of Famers remind us that relationships, not wins, make champions

When you watch NBA games and see the best athletes in the world battling against each other, yelling out R-rated insults and doing anything to win a basketball game, you tend to laugh it off when they say sometimes that they’re all brethren.

Yes, they all are getting NBA paychecks and can be traded for one another at any moment.

But do they really consider themselves brothers when they are hacking the bejabbers out of an opponent rather than allowing a cheap basket?

What happened over the weekend in Springfield, Mass., is proof that, yes, they consider themselves as teammates, no matter how bitter the rivalry might be between them.