10 Best Historical Rivalries in the NBA

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10 Best Historical Rivalries in the NBA
Doug Pizac/Associated Press

The other major North American sports seem to have the NBA over the barrel when it comes to historical achievements.

The modern version of Major League Baseball started in 1903, while the NFL and and the NHL both began play in the early part of the 20th century. Meanwhile, the NBA's first season wasn't until 1949-50.

However, the game's history has been defined by some of the greatest rivalries in professional sports. Team, player and coaching matchups have weaved the sport's rich tapestry, and in this piece we look at 10 of the best rivalries in NBA history.

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