International basketball offers a unique chance for players from different franchises to come together and forge unlikely friendships.
With Team USA currently competing in Rio de Janeiro as they attempt to win a third consecutive gold medal, rivalries have been put aside and the players have come together with one goal in mind.
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green and L.A. Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan have become close during their time together. But don't expect it to have an impact on their attitude once the season starts.
The Clippers and Warriors are division rivals, who have gone head-to-head in some fierce battles, and Jordan insisted that once their Olympic journey comes to an end, all friendships will be put on the backburner.
"That's my guy. For now. August 22, it's a wrap," Jordan told Sporting News' Sean Deveney.
The L.A. franchise is one of two who hold a slight hope of denying Golden State in the Western Conference. If they can keep their 'big three' fit then they sit alongside San Antonio as the main competitors, although, you get the feeling last season was their chance.
A matchup between the two in the semi-finals was eagerly anticipated last season, however, injuries to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul saw the Clippers lose to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Having added Kevin Durant to the mix, the only team that really looks capable of stopping the Warriors is the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, that will not diminish L.A.'s desire to get one over their state rivals.