Being almost 30 and watching the NBA from the late 80's to the late 90's, I'm familiar with all of these "duos." But the only "duo" among them in the truest sense of the word was Stockton and Malone.
Fair enough. They were able to dominate the NBA with one simple screen and roll play for over 15 years--in many ways I feel that Stockton was possibly the most intelligent NBA player of all time, and Malone might have been the best power forward ever (although I have great respect for Charles Barkley, and I have a soft spot for Chris Webber's skills as well).
Some of my earliest memories of watching basketball with my father are both the 1997 and 1998 NBA finals, since that's about the only thing we could get on satellite in England. We both really liked the Utah Jazz, and were very disappointed at the outcomes of those series, especially when Jordan pushed of on Bryon Russell on the last play of the 1998 finals. I haven't watched basketball since the 2002 Western Conference Finals (with the exception of the finals in the last two years), where I feel a great Kings team was robbed of a chance at a championship by corrupt refereeing.
When my father started going to the gymnasium each week to play he would always say that if there was a player he would want to emulate, it would be John Stockton. Of course, I always wanted to play like Jason Williams and Allen Iverson, ha ha!
BY THE WAY, I am quite frustrated with the recent practise of adding completely unrelated tags to any forum topics I create. This topic obviously has absolutely NOTHING to do with 'yaoi', and therefore should not be tagged as such. I have let this go until now, but it needs to stop. If the moderator who did this wants to make a thread involving spurious accounts of mostly African-American males fornicating with each other, then that is within their rights, but take your twisted sodomising inclinations elsewhere!