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(7) Larry Bird vs. Bill Laimbeer
Beef Breakdown: Larry Bird and Bill Laimbeer stood in the middle of an intense Celtics-Pistons rivalry spanning the late 1980s and early 1990s. But the individual feud between those two wasn't just a battle within that war. It was personal. This beef might never end, so in this episode, we learn about what built it.
Best Known For: These guys started a full on brawl during the playoffs in 1987, which included Bird throwing the basketball at Laimbeer's head.
(2) Kobe Bryant vs. Ray Allen
Beef Breakdown: Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen briefly clashed in 2004, but the real story wasn't their rivalry. It was Allen's surprisingly accurate prediction for how the early years of the Kobe Lakers would play out.
Best Known For: They went after each other during a preseason game and Kobe got all worked up over it. Preseason. That's goooood beef right there.
Matchup Prediction: While Bird-Laimbeer is some classic NBA shit, Kobe vs. Ray is such a unique beef. Starpower aside, the way that Allen predicted Bryant's career is not only extremely bizarre, it's also a bit unsettling. But, if there is an upset and Bird-Laimbeer take it, at least Ray will have been able to see it coming.
Relive each episode and let us know below which beef is best. Voting is open through March 31, then round two will begin on April 1.
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