The best basketball players and coaches are those who have the most to gain and lose from the game.
They’re not necessarily the ones who win or lose the most games, but the most talented players and their coaches are likely to be rewarded with the most respect.
These coaches are often paid more than the other players in the league, and those who win championships are also the ones to be praised for their work.
So it’s no surprise that when people think of how great the best basketball player is, they think of guys who are highly paid to win championships, and they often don’t realize that some of the best players and coaching staffs also work for the teams they’re playing for.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite examples of this phenomenon to help you get a sense of how it works, and to also help you understand why it’s so common.1.
LeBron James (Miami Heat): James has been able to earn the respect of players and the media with his consistency and his ability to play his role and lead the team to championships.
He’s been a part of some of sports’ most famous franchises and he’s won championships on two different teams, winning titles on the Miami Heat, and also the 2016 title on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In 2016, James earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award after averaging 23.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
He was named to his second All-NBA team and led the league in three-pointers made with 6,721.
LeBron won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP award, becoming the first player to win a title with two different championship rings.2.
Karl Malone (San Antonio Spurs): Malone is the most prolific scoring guard in NBA history, having averaged 21.3 points, 9.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1,1 steals per contest in his career.
He led the NBA in three years in 2009 and led all guards in assists in 2010, leading the league with 9,917.
Malone also won two NBA championships in 2010 and 2010 with the Chicago Bulls.
Malone’s team won back-to-back NBA championships during the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons.3.
Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls): Thibodeaus teams have won a total of 10 championships in his 14 years as a head coach, and he has two championships as the head coach of the Bulls.
The Bulls have gone on to win the 2010 NBA title and a record 17 NBA championships since he took over.4.
Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers): O’Nicks scoring average is currently at an all-time high of 24.3, and O’Neil has made the playoffs seven times in his 11-year career.
In addition to the Lakers, O’Neals teams have also won the 2014 NBA title, the 2015 Finals MVP trophy and the 2016 NBA title.5.
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves): Towns is considered one of the NBA most dominant scorers.
The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging a career-high 20.8 points per game, and his shooting percentage of 41.7 percent is the highest in the NBA.
Towns has also been a key member of the Minnesota Timberwolves team that reached the NBA Finals in both 2015 and 2016.6.
Mike Dunleavy (Sacramento Kings): Dunleavys shooting percentage is currently a career high at 43.7, and the Sacramento Kings are currently in a three-way tie for the sixth seed in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
The Kings are the only team in the West to win both the 2015 and 2017 Western Conference Finals.7.
Doc Rivers (San Diego Clippers): Rivers has been a coach for almost four decades and has coached in three of the five NBA titles.
He won three NBA titles in four years with the San Antonio Spurs.
Rivers has a reputation for winning championships, as his teams have reached the conference finals every year from 2001-2014, and Rivers teams have made the finals in four of the last five seasons.8.
Byron Scott (New York Knicks): Scott is one of NBA history’s most decorated coaches.
He has coached three of NBA’s most successful franchises, including the New York Knicks, the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He guided the Knicks to their fifth NBA championship in 2017.
Scott won the NBA title in 2000, and then won the league’s Coach of the Year award in 2000.
He also was named the NBA Coach of a Year in 1999.9.
Pat Riley (Miami Dolphins): Riley has won two championships in four seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach.
He had a successful stint in Miami as the Dolphins’ head coach from 2008-10, winning the 2006 Super Bowl, and winning the 2008 NBA Championship. Riley