From The Vault: Best NBA handshakes

Step aside, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Here are the best handshakes in NBA history.
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When Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving celebrated Monday night's win with a handshake that would've made Josh Gordon proud, they did not expect it to become a national story. But the video went viral and the two players were forced to explain the final portion of their shake. Love claims they were not pretending to smoke as it might appear, but rather twirling the ends of imaginary mustaches. As this controversy brews, here's a look at some other (league-approved) NBA handshakes over the years.

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Delonte West and LeBron James :: Getty Images

Delonte West and LeBron James :: Getty Images

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Yao Ming and Steve Francis :: Getty Images

Yao Ming and Steve Francis :: Getty Images

Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson :: Getty Images

Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson :: Getty Images

Vince Carter and Jay-Z :: Getty Images

Vince Carter and Jay-Z :: Getty Images

Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing :: Getty Images :: Getty Images

Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing :: Getty Images :: Getty Images

Allen Iverson and Steve Francis :: Getty Images

Allen Iverson and Steve Francis :: Getty Images

Tracy McGrady and Kevin Garnett :: Getty Images

Tracy McGrady and Kevin Garnett :: Getty Images

Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady :: Getty Images

Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady :: Getty Images

Nate Thurmond and Dave Cowens :: Neil Leifer/SI

Nate Thurmond and Dave Cowens :: Neil Leifer/SI

Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill :: Getty Images

Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill :: Getty Images