Sep 12 2012 10:32AM

Breaking Bad


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You don't win NBA championships overnight.

It actually takes time together for most champs to get it done.

To be precise, a title-winning team usually has at least five different players logging 5,000-plus minutes on their squad before they win a ring.

That statement is true 85 percent of the time this century, with 11 of the past 13 NBA champs meeting that criteria.

RECENT NBA CHAMPS

2012 Miami Heat
5,000 Minutemen: Dwyane Wade 26,616; Udonis Haslem 20,508; Mario Chalmers 9,526; LeBron James 7,295; Joel Anthony 6,752; Chris Bosh 6,072.

2011 Dallas Mavericks
5,000 Minutemen: Dirk Nowitzki 34,700; Jason Terry 21,156; Jason Kidd 10,984; Jose Barea 6,191; Shawn Marion 5,476.

2010 L.A. Lakers
5,000 Minutemen: Kobe Bryant 45,177; Derek Fisher 24,893; Lamar Odom 18,256; Luke Walton 9,241; Pau Gasol 9,000; Andrew Bynum 7,579; Sasha Vujacic 6,888; Jordan Farmar 6,481.

2009 L.A. Lakers

5,000 Minutemen: Kobe Bryant 41,419; Derek Fisher 21,912; Lamar Odom 15,003; Luke Walton 8,873; Sasha Vujacic 6,237; Pau Gasol 5,683; Andrew Bynum 5,042.

2008 Boston Celtics
5,000 Minutemen: Paul Pierce 29,936; Kendrick Perkins 6,055.

2007 San Antonio Spurs
5,000 Minutemen: Tim Duncan 33,503; Tony Parker 19,201; Bruce Bowen 18,070; Manu Ginobili 12,508; Robert Horry 6,423; Brent Barry 5,701.

2006 Miami Heat
5,000 Minutemen: Alonzo Mourning 17,740; Dwyane Wade 10,052; Udonis Haslem 8,357; Shaquille O'Neal 5,490.

2005 San Antonio Spurs
5,000 Minutemen:Tim Duncan 26,764; Tony Parker 12,762; Bruce Bowen 11,722; Malik Rose 10,793; Manu Ginobili 7,607.

2004 Detroit Pistons
5,000 Minutemen: Lindsey Hunter 16,900; Ben Wallace 13,658; Chucky Atkins 7,403; Richard Hamilton, 7,015; Corliss Williamson 6,972; Chauncey Billups 6,472.

2003 San Antonio Spurs
5,000 Minutemen: David Robinson 38,492; Tim Duncan 20,760; Malik Rose 8,617; Tony Parker 6,205; Bruce Bowen 5,357.

2002 L.A. Lakers
5,000 Minutemen: Shaquille O'Neal 17,924; Kobe Bryant 16,477; Rick Fox 11,871; Robert Horry 11,605; Derek Fisher 10,395.

2001 L.A. Lakers
5,000 Minutemen: Shaquille O'Neal 14,726; Kobe Bryant 12,581; Rick Fox 8,930; Robert Horry 8,762; Derek Fisher 7,772.

2000 L.A. Lakers
5,000 Minutemen: A.C. Green 24,744; Shaquille O'Neal 8.984; Kobe Bryant 7,579; Derek Fisher 5,615; Robert Horry 5,297; Rick Fox 5,126.

SOURCE: Basketball-Reference

This is a lesson the eight worst teams in basketball last season could have learned before trying to field squads that didn't have chemistry together.

Would you believe none of the NBA's eight worst teams in 2011-12 had season-ending rosters with five players who logged at least 5,000 career minutes on their teams?

Not one.

And five of the eight only had one or two players who were on the team long enough to meet the 5,000-minute minimum.

So what's the lesson here?

If you don't want to be breaking bad, your team must have chemistry.

It's the key to winning.

EIGHT WORST 2011-12 NBA TEAMS, 5,000-PLUS MINUTEMEN

Charlotte Bobcats
5,000 Minutemen: D.J. Augustin 7,621; Matt Carroll 7,257.

Washington Wizards
5,000 Minutemen: Andray Blatche 9,403; Nick Young 7,677.

Cleveland Cavaliers
5,000 Minutemen: Anderson Varejao 12,733; Daniel Gibson 9,280; Anthony Parker 5,991; Antawn Jamison 5,179.

New Orleans Hornets
5,000 Minutemen: Emeka Okafor 5,624.

New Jersey Nets
5,000 Minutemen: Brook Lopez 8,551; Kris Humphries 5,130.

Sacramento Kings
5,000 Minutemen: Francisco Garcia 9,585; Jason Thompson 8,066; John Salmons 7,882; Tyreke Evans 6,944.

Toronto Raptors
5,000 Minutemen: Jose Calderon 13,901; Andrea Bargnani 12,412; DeMar DeRozan 6,719.

Golden State Warriors
5,000 Minutemen: Andris Biedrins 10,872; Stephen Curry 6,118.