Bros before … everything

Hugs all around for these perfect Chicago sports pairings

January 21, 2014|RedEye

Reading what Joakim Noah says about Luol Deng, you want to wrap your arm around the Bulls center and tell him it's gonna be OK.

On Wednesday, the Bulls will face Deng for the first time since he was traded to Cleveland earlier this month.

"I love Luol," Noah said. "He's my brother. But when that ball goes up, he's not going to be my brother."

OK, so Noah won't go easy on his former teammate on the court. But his friendship with Deng has earned a spot among the top Chicago sports bromances.

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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane

Their chemistry on the ice is obvious: They've won two Stanley Cups together after being drafted in consecutive years. They also both have won playoff MVP awards. Off the ice, you know they're having a blast when they film Chevrolet or Lemonheads commercials.

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Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall

"Man, you know how I feel about Jay," Marshall said last month, even before Cutler signed his huge contract. "That's my quarterback. We're attached at the hip." Terrell Owens couldn't have said it better himself.

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Jay Cutler and Josh McCown

What, a guy can't have more than one bro? It takes a special kind of teammate to bring a guy a calzone mid-interview, as RedEye saw Cutler do for McCown do this season. You know McCown loves Cutler right back, as he insisted the surly starter was the Bears' No. 1 guy. Plus, there are lots of pictures of these two hugging.

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Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

"It's not just that I pushed Scottie Pippen; Scottie Pippen pushed me," Jordan told NBA TV last year. "It was big brother-little brother scenario. Next thing you know, it's a tandem." As praise goes, that's about as glowing as you're gonna get from M.J.

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Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire

We're cheating a little bit here (pun intended) seeing as McGwire was a St. Louis Cardinal. But regardless of your stance on performance-enhancing drugs, you know you got caught up in the feel-good nature of the 1998 home run race as much as they did.

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Frank Thomas and Ozzie Guillen

They won a World Series in 2005, and before that they were teammates. And while they had their occasional shouting matches, the Big Hurt is in Ozzie's corner—even when Guillen was fired in Miami. "He says what he says and that's just the way it is," Thomas told the Tribune in 2012. "I wish him the best because he's a friend and he'll be one forever."

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Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith

Not only do these two comprise the Hawks' No. 1 defense pairing, they still drive each other to the airport for crying out loud. As teammate Patrick Sharp said, Seabrook "looks after Keith, picks him up and takes care of him. Seabs has been looking after [Keith], pretty much, for the last six years."

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