Plenty of people, myself included, don’t like how buddy-buddy NBA players now are with their opponents. I don’t have a good solution, because the inter-team friendships are an organic result of several factors including:
1. Elite players knowing each other since a young age, as the high-end AAU basketball scene has become increasingly national.
2. Players have high-paying and guaranteed contracts that ensure all of them are getting rich.
Source: Dan Feldman, NBC Sports