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** Subverted in "The Sun Kings". In an attempt to save the faltering proposed Kings-Suns alliance, Eric Bledsoe tries to make a speech about their potential together. However his own apathy, coupled with the reality that, even combined, they probably don't stand a chance, causes him to peter out and give up.

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** Subverted in "The Sun Kings". In an attempt to save the faltering proposed Kings-Suns alliance, alliance proposal, Eric Bledsoe tries to make a speech about their potential together. However his own apathy, coupled with the reality that, even combined, they probably don't stand a chance, causes him to peter out and give up.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, whenever House Lakers is shown.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, whenever Ball are these for House Lakers is shown.Lakers.


** In the Philadelphia-centric episode "The Process", several famous Philly celebrities (such as Creator/WillSmith, Creator/TinaFey, [[SeriesItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Danny DeVito and Charlie Day]]) appear in the crowd shots, as well as [[CreatorCameo the show's creators]], who are themselves big Philly fans.

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** In the Philadelphia-centric episode "The Process", several famous Philly celebrities (such as Creator/WillSmith, Creator/TinaFey, [[SeriesItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia [[Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Danny DeVito and Charlie Day]]) appear in the crowd shots, as well as [[CreatorCameo the show's creators]], who are themselves big Philly fans.


* AxCrazy: Jimmy Butler. He was a pretty chill StraightMan when first we see him, but one season with [[ButtMonkey House Timberwolves]] turned him into an absolute ''lunatic''.

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* AxCrazy: Jimmy Butler. He was a pretty chill StraightMan when first we see him, but one season with spent carrying [[ButtMonkey House Timberwolves]] turned him into an absolute ''lunatic''.


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** In the Philadelphia-centric episode "The Process", several famous Philly celebrities (such as Creator/WillSmith, Creator/TinaFey, [[SeriesItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia Danny DeVito and Charlie Day]]) appear in the crowd shots, as well as [[CreatorCameo the show's creators]], who are themselves big Philly fans.
** Similarly, "The Kings Landing" features several LA-based celebrities (and some other noteworthy personalities) in its crowd shots as well.


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* ThoseTwoGuys: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, whenever House Lakers is shown.


->'''Eric Bledsoe:''' I guess my point is... eh, I dunno, I don't even want to be here. ''(leaves)''

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->'''Eric --->'''Eric Bledsoe:''' I guess my point is... eh, I dunno, I don't even want to be here. ''(leaves)''


** Played straight at House Bucks at the end of Season 6.

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** Subverted in "The Sun Kings". In an attempt to save the faltering proposed Kings-Suns alliance, Eric Bledsoe tries to make a speech about their potential together. However his own apathy, coupled with the reality that, even combined, they probably don't stand a chance, causes him to peter out and give up.
->'''Eric Bledsoe:''' I guess my point is... eh, I dunno, I don't even want to be here. ''(leaves)''
** Played straight at House Bucks at the end of Season 6.6, as House Bucks, despite their tournament loss, rally behind the new King in the East, Ser Giannis, with one Rousing Speech after another. Ironically,the chain of speeches is started by, again, Eric Bledsoe, who points to his experiences on House Suns to show why the Bucks' situation is not so bleak, and ends by triumphantly declaring that [[IronicEcho he]] ''[[IronicEcho does]]'' [[IronicEcho want to be here]].

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* TheBard: Damian Lillard, who is the leader of House Blazers and a singer, a reference to his real-life rap career.


** It seems like anyone [[IFightForTheStrongestSide who signs with House Warriors]] are referred to by other Knights as "snakes". This is a reference to [[https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2788260-kevin-durant-cj-mccollum-and-the-rise-of-the-nbas-snake-diss the real life nickname]] fans gave Kevin Durant when he joined the Warriors; Pat Beverly gave a nod to this when he tried to recruit Durant in the Episode 8 of Season 6. In Episode 2 of that season, teammate [=DeMarcus=] "Boogie" Cousins was also called a snake by Damian Lillard [[https://youtu.be/t_BN-_SUEYQ?t=223 in verse]].

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** It seems like anyone [[IFightForTheStrongestSide who signs with House Warriors]] are referred to by other Knights as "snakes". This is a reference to [[https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2788260-kevin-durant-cj-mccollum-and-the-rise-of-the-nbas-snake-diss the real life nickname]] fans gave Kevin Durant when he joined the Warriors; Pat Beverly gave a nod to this when he tried to recruit Durant in the Episode 8 of Season 6.6, and before that in the Season 4 finale, Westbrook referred to him as "the serpent". In Episode 2 of that season, teammate [=DeMarcus=] "Boogie" Cousins was also called a snake by Damian Lillard [[https://youtu.be/t_BN-_SUEYQ?t=223 in verse]].

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Lonzo Ball was born from an egg, but aside from that (and the fact that he apparently reached adulthood quickly), he looks no different from everyone else.
-->'''Kyle Kuzma:''' Weren't you in a bloody egg last year?
-->'''Lonzo Ball:''' Yeah, but that was like a special magical thing.


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* ThrowTheDogABone: "Melo and the Model" is mostly dedicated to making fun of Carmelo, but it ''does'' admit that he deserves to be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

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* DashingHispanic: PlayedForLaughs with James Harden, who inexplicably has a thick Spanish accent.


** Parodied with Paul George's speech to House Pacers before their battle with Detroit. It has all the hallmarks of a typical Rousing Speech, except he's inspiring them to try for ''mediocre'', rather than abysmal. They still cheer him on.

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** Parodied with Paul George's speech to House Pacers before their battle with Detroit. It has all the hallmarks of a typical Rousing Speech, except he's inspiring them to try for ''mediocre'', rather ''slightly less mediocre'' than abysmal.usual. They still cheer him on.


* InVinoVeritas: [=LeBron=] gets smashed on wine at the Zion draft lottery and starts roasting the other houses, finishing with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to all of them when he's called on his behavior.

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* InVinoVeritas: [=LeBron=] gets smashed on wine at the Zion draft lottery and starts roasting the other houses, finishing with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to all of them when he's called on his behavior.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: After getting drunk at the Zion draft lottery and insulting several of the other houses, [=LeBron=] delivers one to all the assembled houses for thinking that acquiring Zion will magically solve all the fundamental problems that led them there in the first place, and predicts that they'll only drag him down until he inevitably leaves for a better house.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: After getting drunk at the Zion draft lottery and insulting several of the other houses, [=LeBron=] delivers one to all the assembled houses for thinking that acquiring Zion Williamson will magically solve all the fundamental problems that led them there in the first place, and predicts that they'll only drag him Zion down until he inevitably leaves for a better house.


* BatmanGambit: Pat Beverly attempts to get Kevin Durant to join the Clippers by playing with his emotions and insecurities. Durant wants to join House Knicks because they are a large market team, so Beverly notes that he will never live down the possibility of failure there. Beverly knows that Durant wants rings, so he sells the Clippers as a well-run house poised to win soon. And finally, he's well aware of Durant being [[AlwaysSecondBest LeBron's number two]], so he gives him the opportunity to join [=LeBron's=] rival camp. [[spoiler:He failed there, but apparently found a more receptive audience up North...]]



* BatmanGambit: Pat Beverly attempts to get Kevin Durant to join the Clippers by playing with his emotions and insecurities. Durant wants to join House Knicks because they are a large market team, so Beverly notes that he will never live down the possibility of failure there. Beverly knows that Durant wants rings, so he sells the Clippers as a well-run house poised to win soon. And finally, he's well aware of Durant being [[AlwaysSecondBest LeBron's number two]], so he gives him the opportunity to join [=LeBron's=] rival camp. [[spoiler:He failed there, but apparently found a more receptive audience up North...]]
* BestFriend: [=DeMar=] [=DeRozan=] to Kyle Lowry. Kyle cites this as his reason not to trade him to House Magic, and is quite heartbroken when Lord Ujiri later sacrifices him in a trade for Kawhi Leonard.



* BestFriend: [=DeMar=] [=DeRozan=] to Kyle Lowry. Kyle cites this as his reason not to trade him to House Magic, and is quite heartbroken when Lord Ujiri later sacrifices him in a trade for Kawhi Leonard.


** It seems like anyone [[IFightForTheStrongestSide who signs with House Warriors]] are referred to by other Knights as "snakes". This is a reference to [[https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2788260-kevin-durant-cj-mccollum-and-the-rise-of-the-nbas-snake-diss the real life nickname]] fans gave Kevin Durant when he joined the Warriors; Pat Beverly gave a nod to this when he tried to recruit Durant in the Episode 8 of Season 6. In Episode 2 of that season, teammate [=DeMarcus=] "Boogie" Cousins was also called a snake by Damian Lillard [[https://youtu.be/t_BN-_SUEYQ?t=222 in verse]].

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** It seems like anyone [[IFightForTheStrongestSide who signs with House Warriors]] are referred to by other Knights as "snakes". This is a reference to [[https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2788260-kevin-durant-cj-mccollum-and-the-rise-of-the-nbas-snake-diss the real life nickname]] fans gave Kevin Durant when he joined the Warriors; Pat Beverly gave a nod to this when he tried to recruit Durant in the Episode 8 of Season 6. In Episode 2 of that season, teammate [=DeMarcus=] "Boogie" Cousins was also called a snake by Damian Lillard [[https://youtu.be/t_BN-_SUEYQ?t=222 be/t_BN-_SUEYQ?t=223 in verse]].


* BatmanGambit: Pat Beverly attempts to get Kevin Durant to join the Clippers by playing with his emotions and insecurities. Durant wants to join House Knicks because they are a large market team, so Beverly notes that he will never live down the possibility of failure there. Beverly knows that Durant wants rings, so he sells the Clippers as a well-run house poised to win soon. And finally, he's well aware of Durant being [[AlwaysSecondBest LeBron's number two]], so he gives him the opportunity to join [=LeBron's=] rival camp.

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* BatmanGambit: Pat Beverly attempts to get Kevin Durant to join the Clippers by playing with his emotions and insecurities. Durant wants to join House Knicks because they are a large market team, so Beverly notes that he will never live down the possibility of failure there. Beverly knows that Durant wants rings, so he sells the Clippers as a well-run house poised to win soon. And finally, he's well aware of Durant being [[AlwaysSecondBest LeBron's number two]], so he gives him the opportunity to join [=LeBron's=] rival camp. [[spoiler:He failed there, but apparently found a more receptive audience up North...]]



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: As seasons pass and the perception of the real life players changes in the eyes of the fans, their characterization in the show changes with them. For example, compare Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler at the beginning of season 4, to them by season 6.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn:
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As seasons pass and the perception of the real life players changes in the eyes of the fans, their characterization in the show changes with them. For example, compare Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler at the beginning of season 4, to them by season 6.



* NothingIsScarier: Kawhi Leonard as a Raptor has yet to be seen from the feet up, and he's referred to as a "monster" later on.[[labelnote:*]]Which was a CallBack to Kyle Lowry's expectation of what the Raptors got in the trade referenced under Human Sacrifice above.[[/labelnote]]

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* NothingIsScarier: Kawhi Leonard as a Raptor has yet to be was never seen from the feet up, and he's referred to as a "monster" later on.[[labelnote:*]]Which was a CallBack to Kyle Lowry's expectation of what the Raptors got in the trade referenced under Human Sacrifice above.[[/labelnote]]



* RousingSpeech: Parodied with Paul George's speech to House Pacers before their battle with Detroit. It has all the hallmarks of a typical Rousing Speech, except he's inspiring them to try for ''mediocre'', rather than abysmal. They still cheer him on.

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* RousingSpeech: RousingSpeech:
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Parodied with Paul George's speech to House Pacers before their battle with Detroit. It has all the hallmarks of a typical Rousing Speech, except he's inspiring them to try for ''mediocre'', rather than abysmal. They still cheer him on.on.
** Played straight at House Bucks at the end of Season 6.



* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Carmelo Anthony is convinced that he's still a superstar despite becoming a journeyman in his last few years.
** Taken further when he's included in [=LeBron=]'s production of "Sea Jam 2"... and tries to literally upstage [=LeBron=] during his big musical number.

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* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Carmelo Anthony is convinced that he's still a superstar despite becoming a journeyman in his last few years.
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years. This is taken further when he's included in [=LeBron=]'s production of "Sea Jam 2"... and tries to literally upstage [=LeBron=] during his big musical number.


'''''[[https://gameofzones.bleacherreport.com Game of Zones]]''''' began as an AffectionateParody of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' centered around [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA basketball]]. Since then the creators have expressed a desire to focus less on blatant Game of Thrones references and more on the NBA ones. Each team is a different "House" (House Spurs, House Cavs, etc.). It can be seen on Website/YouTube [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoqDIJHlyN3NIPW9D37rQEceGNZEiRmMX here]].

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'''''[[https://gameofzones.bleacherreport.com Game of Zones]]''''' is a web series made by sports website Bleacher Report. It began as an AffectionateParody of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' centered around [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA basketball]]. Since then the creators have expressed a desire to focus less on blatant Game ''Game of Thrones Thrones'' references and more on the NBA ones. Each team is a different "House" (House Spurs, House Cavs, etc.). It can be seen on Website/YouTube [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoqDIJHlyN3NIPW9D37rQEceGNZEiRmMX here]].

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